The Interview

Let's discuss some useful tips and pointers to employ when interviewing for nursing jobs. Always keep in mind that you've got the upper hand when you interview for nursing jobs. That's because of the severe shortage of qualified nurses in America. This isn't meant to imply that you shouldn't prepare for job interviews, or that you should walk into the interview room with an obvious nonchalant, "I can take it or leave it" attitude. We're simply pointing this out so that you'll realize there's no need to stress out over an upcoming nursing job interview. You can be confident and relaxed, knowing that you have plenty of other job opportunities.

Nursing Job Interview Tips

  • Be prepared. Know your resume and be prepared to talk about every piece of it.
  • Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early
  • If possible find out where it is before hand
  • Sit up straight and lean forward slightly to indicate interest
  • Be comfortable with pauses. You’ll have a definite advantage if you know how to use pauses wisely.
  • Don’t be afraid to use your humorous side when appropriate
  • Speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, eye contact and a smile and use his/her name.
  • Carry your briefcase or purse on your left hand.
  • Be seated after you’ve been asked to sit in an indicated chair.
  • Avoid starting the small talks
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you don’t understand it.
  • Never use first names unless you have a friendly and long standing relationship with the interviewer or he/she asks you to be addressed by the first name
  • When interview is over thank interviewer for the time and make a positive statement about the process
  • Rise when the interviewer does
  • Extend your hand and call the person by name
  • It is appropriate to ask when to call or when will a decision be reached
  • A brief handwritten note should be sent following the interview

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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