How to Ace a Nurse Interview
Just because an individual has received the training and education necessary to qualify for a certain position does not necessarily mean that the perfect job is theirs for the taking. One of the most frustrating and stressful parts of finding a new job for many individuals is the job interview itself. This is true of virtually every position available and nursing is certainly no exception. As with any other type of job interview, an individual interested in filling a nursing position will likely be asked a series of questions to help the employer determine the level of competency of the interviewee and to explore their qualifications and experience.
Most interviews can be broken down into four categories including training and qualifications, work experience, core competency and personality. The training and qualifications portion should be fairly easy but it the interviewee should expect questions that are designed to gauge their clinical effectiveness and knowledge of nursing in general. When it comes to the work experience portion it is important for the individual being interviewed to carefully explain in detail all of their previous work experience. All relevant work experience should be discussed since individuals with more experience are more likely to land a nursing job.
The portion of the interview that deals with an individual's core competencies is designed to determine how well they will work with the team, manage others and manage their own time. Because patient care skills and communication skills are such a vital part of nursing it is important for the individual being interviewed to stress any qualifications in these areas that can help set them apart from some of the other applicants. Demonstrating an ability to manage others and communicate with other members of the staff can make the difference between getting hired and being passed over.
Personality may not seem like important part of determining whether or not an individual is right for a particular position but it is actually something that employers take very seriously. They want to know that the person that they are hiring is professional and able to get along well with coworkers and patients alike. Aside from answering any questions that the interviewer may ask in an effective way, the person being interviewed should also come prepared with some questions of their own. Asking questions shows that the individual is interested in the position that they are applying for and a willing participant in the interview process.