NURSING SCHOOL SUCCESS:
Interview Tips to Stand Out From the Crowd
Date Published: November 4, 2021
Whether graduation is in a couple of months or a couple of years, it’s never too soon or too late to begin practicing interviews for when it’s time to job hunt. Interviews are crucial, because they can be your only chance to make an impression on a potential employer, whether you meet in person or virtually. They’re an opportunity to display your skills and determine if the job is a good fit culturally. While each interview is different, preparation for success looks the same.
Step 1: Your resume
Having a great resume is the best way to make a strong first impression. However, no matter how beautifully designed your resume is, it won’t stand out without lots of experience, whether that be internships or clinical hours. It’s also important to have other hobbies outside of nursing school. More experience demonstrates excellent time-management skills. Plus, showing you know how to balance work with a personal life is important. (A final tip: Ask a friend with writing skills to proof your resume. Incorrect spelling and poor grammar can leave a negative impression.)
Step 2: Be prepared
Showing up both mentally and physically prepared for the interview is vital. Mentally, familiarize yourself with potential interview question so you will be ready to think on your feet. Then practice asking and answering questions, so you’re prepared and confident. Physically, present yourself well. Dress professionally, neaten your hair, and put on a smile. Presentation really is everything when you meet a potential employer for the first time.
For examples of potential questions: https://nursingcecentral.com/nursing-interview-questions-how-can-you-stand-out-from-the-rest/
Step 3: Do your research
Lastly, research the person you will be talking to and get some history on the company. Often, these people are interviewing many people over a short period. Knowing more about the company, position, and values can set you up for success.
Although these tips are common, they make a huge difference in how an employer perceives you. Interviewing can be intimidating, but preparation can calm your nerves and — more often than not — help you stand out from the crowd.
For more information on interview preparation: https://nurse.org/resources/job-interviews/