Congratulations! You passed the filters and got an interview, now what? You need to prepare ahead. Preparing for an interview is easy but can get a little tedious. In this article, we tell you some tips to prepare for the interview of your dream job.
Why an interview?
Interviews are a tool for recruiters to assure that a candidate is as good as the resume says it is. Sure, a good candidate might look good on paper, but a good interviewer tests other social or technical skills that can confirm or deny that the candidate is perfect for the nursing position. But don’t be worried, if a hospital calls you for an interview, you are already half way through.
The meeting usually starts with the phrase “Tell me about yourself.” With this, what the interviewer is asking is “Who are you as a professional?” A usual mistake is to start talking about where you were born or your mother and father. Keep it simple, talk about your qualities, education, professional goals, and some meaningful experiences. Remember that the interviewer already read your resume, so they know the hard facts. Take this opportunity to fathom about what makes you an excellent healthcare professional and an addition to the hospital. Sometimes, the interviewer will like to know about your family to try to grasp some social skills you might have learned growing up. Answer concisely and only if to the extent that you feel comfortable.
Right after you finish talking about yourself, the interviewer will ask you about your technical skills and specific nursing specialty questions. Take a deep breath and listen carefully, this is an important part. Rely on what you know and be honest, don’t try to guess what they are asking, rather honestly answer that you don’t know. Tough questions are not usual, just to test how far your knowledge works, but be prepared to answer everything.
Previous work and experience
Although you don’t need to study for this question, it is important that you practice what are you going to say. Be precise, talk about your responsibilities and things you learned. Also, you should be able to answer questions about your relationship with higher up nurses or healthcare professionals. If, for some reason, you don’t have a good relationship with your previous boss, don’t worry, just shortly answer that you weren’t close. Don’t get carried up if you didn’t have a good experience, is more important how you reply since this will tell the interviewer that you can deal with stressful situations.
Have you heard about us?
You should know something about the hospitals, its purpose, and specialties. Previous to the interview, be sure to check the web page and some articles about the hospital’s reputation and their teams. With this question, the interviewer wants to know whether you are interested enough to google them. Not knowing about the company will hurt you if you are competing against a lot of candidates. It is important to show excitement about the hospital you are applying to, after all, you want to spend a lot of time there!
Why are you applying?
Answering why are you applying to that hospital goes in hand with the last question. You should know what team/teams you would want to join and what makes it unique. Prepare a simple answer and know the names of the people in charge if possible.
Teamwork and working under pressure
Being a nurse is all about being a teammate. In the interview, you will have to answer about your qualities as a team member, and also about what you can improve. Additionally, as a part of a hospital group, you will face stress and pressure from patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. When the recruiter asks you about your skills to work under pressure, you should answer straightforwardly about the pros and cons that you see in yourself while working in a stressful environment. Give examples, talk about your other teams in previous jobs and specific situations that you handled well.
Is there anything you want to ask us?
At the end of the interview be prepared to ask questions. Ask more about the job, about the people working there and their credentials. Be interested in the work environment, patients, work ethics, machinery, procedures, growth opportunities, etc. Remember that you are applying for a job that you want to keep and makes you want to go to work.