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Nursing Skills INTERVIEW ROADMAP
Transcript of Nursing Skills INTERVIEW ROADMAP
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
DURING THE INTERVIEW
Always send thank you notes after the interview - handwritten instead of via email, unless a hiring decision will be made within 48 hours.
THANK YOU NOTES
Plan Ahead: Drive the route the day before
Allow extra travel time for traffic
Arrive APPROXIMATELY 5-10 minutes early
Many interviews, especially those in the first round, may be via phone or Skype.
Employers may also request a Skype (or phone) interview when the candidate is long-distance, thus saving on travel expenses.
Step #1: Research
Step 2: Attire
Step 3: Travel
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
A Smile & Positivity!
Pen & Notebook (paper)
Questions for Interviewer
Presentation or Sample Work (if applicable)
Copies of Resume
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
Preferably flats or 1-inch heels
No jacket or blazer
Ill-fitting suit jacket
Too much shirt cuff
Pants are too short
Shoes don't match suit
Distracting shirt pattern
FIVE of these are not appropriate for a traditional interview. Can you find them?
ONE MORE THING...
Let's hope none of the 59% of employers who've encountered this behavior are chiclephobes.
If you can't say something nice, don't say
anything at all.
This square is the best square out of all the squares ... and obviously you should know it.
Close to 70% of employers have seen this behavior in an interview? Okay ... well, whatever.
These holes in my jeans are just extra pockets.
"Hello? ... No, I'm totally in the middle of something. I'll call you after, okay?"
What question often is the first asked in an interview?
Tell Me About Yourself
Your major & why you chose it, year in school, and long-term career goals
Qualities/experiences relevant to the job
for the position
Nursing Student Response
I pursued my bachelor’s degree in nursing because I understand the importance of providing high quality patient care. I had the opportunity to work in a multi-system ICU floor for an entire year before graduating from the nursing program. During that time I got to experience an ICU floor, work with patients with cancer, see multiple cases of sepsis and infection, and even work with postpartum complications like DIC. During this time, whether the patient’s status got better or worse, I used proper coping methods to handle stress. With my strong work ethic, I can be a part of continuing your hospital’s mission of excelling in providing excellent patient care. My goal is to one day receive your hospital’s Excellence in Nursing Award.
What is Your Greatest Weakness?
The trick is to be honest and stay positive. Give examples of ways you're working to overcome your weakness.
Can you describe a time when you had to solve a problem in an innovative or creative way or in a manner that hadn't previously been tried?
We have ten other applicants just as (or more) qualified than you.
Why should we hire you?
Use the opportunity to describe your specific strengths and unique skills.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
If you have an interview committee, write down their names (or obtain them from a company website) and send the thank you note with a personalized message for each.
Mail them within 24 hours to make sure they arrive in a timely fashion.
63% of hiring decisions are made within the first 4.3 minutes of an interview.
Top 10 Qualities Of A Great Nurse
1. What inspired you to enter nursing
2. Why you are committed to the nursing field
4. What you hope to accomplish during your career
You should already have appropriate prepared questions based on your prior research.
Which question should you NOT ask the interviewer?
A. What is the starting salary for this position?
B. Describe typical first-year assignments.
C. Will my orientation take place during the
shift I will be working?
D. What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?
POSSIBLE Nursing QUESTIONS TO ASK:
Is there a mentorship program?
What is the level and depth of orientation?
What qualities do your most successful nurses possess?
Will I be on call if I accept this position? If so, what are the conditions of on-call duty?
How much autonomy do you give your nurses to make decisions regarding patient care?
What are your expectations of new hires during their first six months on the job?
What have been this unit's most notable successes and failures over the year?
Could you describe the remaining process of this search?
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U of A CDC @UARK.CDC
University of Arkansas Career Development Center (CDC)
Advertising revenue was falling off for my college newspaper,
The Arkansas Traveler
, and several long-term advertisers were not renewing their contracts.
My goal was to generate new ideas, materials, and incentives that would result in at least a 10% increase in advertisers from the previous year.
I designed a new promotional packet to go with the rate sheet and compared the benefits of our circulation with other ad media in the area.
We signed contracts with 11 former advertisers for daily ads. We increased new advertisers by 16% over the same period last year.
Sources: careerbuilder.com; wm.edu (College of William & Mary Career Center); career.uark.edu (UA CDC); myjobhelper.com; levityuniversity.com; Undercover Rec; previous UA CDC interviewing presentation, Erica Estes, editor.
What do you need to know before a job offer is made?
What are my salary expectations? How much do people generally make for this job in this geographic location?
What is the cost of living in the geographic location?
What do I need to make to sustain my personal budget?
How do I stall appropriately and professionally?
Check , , or (if you didn't before the interview) to calculate salary ranges for jobs in specific geographic areas.
Use a Cost of Living Calculator, available at , , or to compare the cost of living between cities.
A budgeting worksheet (like the free version at kiplinger.com) can help determine your expenses and sources of income.
"I'm interested in the job and company. The initial salary is not as important to me as the opportunity."
"I've done some research and will consider a reasonable offer."
"Please provide me a salary range for this type of job with your company."
If that doesn't work, you may try to redirect the conversation by asking about other parts of the compensation package (benefits, holidays, vacation, etc.)
And if all else fails, you may decide to tell them the salary RANGE you expect.
Keep in mind that some salaries absolutely are not negotiable!
Call to schedule a mock interview!
1. Communication Skills
– Ability to follow directions without a problem, easily communicate with patients and families, and advocate for patients and anticipate their needs.
2. Emotional Stability
– Ability to accept suffering and death without letting it get personal.
– Ability to feel compassion and provide comfort for the pain and suffering of patients.
– Willingness to work for long periods of overtime, late or overnight shifts, and weekends.
5. Attention to Detail
– Careful not to skip steps or make errors. From reading a patient’s chart correctly to remembering the nuances of a delicate case, nothing should be left to chance.
– Respect people and rules, mindful of confidentiality requirements and different cultures and traditions, and above all respect the wishes of the patient.
6. Interpersonal Skills
– Balances the needs of the patient and doctor as seamlessly as possible and works well with other nurses, doctors, and other members of staff.
7. Physical Endurance
– Performing physical tasks, standing for long periods of time, lifting heavy objects (or people) while maintaining energy throughout your shift.
8. Problem Solving Skills
– Ability to think quickly and address problems as – or before – they arise.
9. Quick Response
– Being prepared for the unexpected, staying on your feet, keeping a cool head in a crisis, and maintaining a calm attitude.
The goal is to come across as a qualified nursing candidate who's genuinely concerned about patient care and the future of nursing.
Example Nursing Student Response
Nursing Question #1
Tell me about the range of your clinical experience?
Nursing Interview Question #2
How could you contribute to this hospital?