Top 12 interview Tips for Nurses

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Top 12 Interview Tips for Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

1. Research the nursing home and be prepared with a “good” level of knowledge. Take at look at the most recent HIQA report in Ireland and CQC report for the UK. You don’t need to know gross margins for the nursing home for the past 8 years, but you should know enough to show the interviewer that you respect the opportunity and you respect her or his time.

2. Be on time, with a clean, well-presented copy of your CV (which we can assist you with) – I know this sounds simple (this is “101”, after all) but you would be surprised at how many people don’t leave 10 minutes early in order to get there 10 minutes early!

3. Dress the part – business-like and professional, no matter how groovy the Nursing Home is or how the Manager interviewing you presents themselves.

4. Be kind to every employee you meet – the receptionist, yes, but also the parking lot attendant, the janitor, and the intern. You know, Southwest Airlines used to have the flight attendants on flights anonymously assess the candidates they were flying in for interviews – it just goes to show that you need to mind your manners at all times. Keep in mind that your interview starts the moment you leave the house. You would not be the first person to honk your horn at the car in front and they make a gesture at them as you pass them, only to be sitting in front of them 20 minutes later in an interview.

5. Think of JFK – ask not what the Nursing Home can do for you, answer instead “What can I do for this Nursing Home?”

6. This is not a filming of “Biography” on the A&E Channel, it is a presentation in which you are selling your capabilities to do a job for the company. Don’t go into a half-hour long discussion on the relative merits of Mozart and Beethoven, the reason you love/hate your favourite sports team. The interviewer does not want your life story, they want to know your nursing capabilities.

7. “Bad mouth thee, bad mouth me.” Whenever you trash-talk your former or current employer, guess what the interviewer thinks? “Oh boy, if we hire this nurse, I’m next on her firing line!” Never, ever, say bad, mean, unkind, or even true things if it makes you look like a prospective ingrate, gossip, or ne’er-do’well.

8. Save the money talk for last. Focus on the job, your ability to contribute, and all the great things you can provide. We will have discussed the salary with you before the interview and please remember it is in our best interest to get you the highest salary possible.

9. Thank the interviewer for their time and ask questions – again, this shows good manners and good sense. We can advise you to the type of questions you can ask, we have a list of over 100.

10. Let the employer know how interested you are at the end of the interview, and your intention to accept if offered.

11. Send a follow-up e-mail – thank the interviewer again and reiterate (very briefly) what you discussed and how you can contribute. This serves as a good memory jog to the interviewer of your conversation and reminds them of the points you want them to make for you in the hiring meeting.

12. There are a variety of different interview types you could end up having. Ranging from a full on competency base interview to what we call the cup of tea interview and everything in between. We can fully advise you on all these different interview types and we can normally let you know the type of interview you can expect to have with a Nursing Home we work with.