How to prepare for a nursing job interview

Congratulations!  You did it- you landed an interview for a nursing job. Now what?  As with any career move or opportunity, preparation is key. Here are some interview questions worth reviewing and crafting responses to- they are fairly common and paint a picture about you for the interviewer.

  • What is it that made you choose nursing as a career?
  • What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?
  • What do you find most challenging about being a nurse?
  • How do you keep current with progress and advancements made in your field?
  • How do you handle stress on the job?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you had to report a colleague?  How did it make you feel?
  • What would you do if you were preparing to leave for the day and your replacement didn't arrive?
  • What type of scheduling/placement are you looking for? Permanent placement, temp, etc.?
  • How would you describe your style when it comes to patient interactions?  

Then- what to wear?  Scrubs is not the ideal choice, even though that is standard uniform for a working nurse.  Check out our previous blog post on what to wear to a job interview for more tips.  In general:  keep it clean, neutral, pressed/tailored and traditional.  Keep jewelry and other distractions to a minimum.  

You want to put your best foot forward, dress so you are comfortable, dress in colors that flatter you, and most of all, remember that your personality is your best asset!  Sell yourself! (Don't forget about your resume.  Check out our previous post detailing 10 ways to improve your resume.)

If you think you’ve got what it takes to #JoinTheSquadplease contact us!  We’re here to help you find that win-win! Good luck! 

-RV

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