Successful Interviewing Strategies for Nurses


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The person who gets the job is not always the most qualified, but the one who interviews the best. And in a tough economy, the interview plays an even greater role in landing the position you want. In this session, learn tips on preparing for an interview so that you present as a confident, interested, skilled professional who is right for the position. Brought to you by ADVANCE for Nurses. Merion Publications Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (No. 221-3-O-09), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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  • Recruiters report that if candidates exhibit confidence it will translate into an asset to the organization. If you can't get enthusiastic about your product (you), how do you expect the customer (recruiter) to get excited?
  • Successful Interviewing Strategies for Nurses

    1. 1. Successful Interviewing Strategies
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Describe how you will prepare for an interview </li></ul><ul><li>Create answers to common interview questions </li></ul><ul><li>Define and prepare for a behavioral interview </li></ul>
    3. 3. Everything Counts “ The person who gets the job is not always the most qualified, but they usually know how to do the best interview, and those are the people that know how to prepare.”
    4. 4. Expect the Call <ul><li>Provide a phone number where you are reachable and can have a professional conversation </li></ul><ul><li>While job searching, answer every call as if it is your next employer </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure family and roommates know the importance of calls </li></ul>
    5. 5. Expect the Call <ul><li>Make sure your answering machine message is conservative & mature </li></ul><ul><li>Use your best phone manners when talking with a potential employer—even if it is a secretary setting up an appointment </li></ul>
    6. 6. It’s a Two-Way Street <ul><li>“ It is important to sell yourself as a candidate, but it is also important to completely understand the job, know the expectations of the [employer], and to become familiar enough with the company to make an important career decision.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Seven Secrets of a Successful Job Interview </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>The Internet is the easiest resource </li></ul><ul><li>Know patient types </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to someone who works there </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for a job description </li></ul>Research the Facility
    8. 8.        Preparing to Market Yourself Think of yourself as a product How will you market yourself?
    9. 9. Market Yourself <ul><li>Prioritize your strengths, skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase your contributions, what you bring to the job; these are the features of your product </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate your creativity, analytic and problem-solving skills </li></ul><ul><li>“ I'm a great team player” “I learn quickly” “I’m flexible” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Market Yourself <ul><li>Review your resume and be able to expand all aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Practice responding to common questions </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearse your nonverbal communication </li></ul>
    11. 11. I Have It Right Here <ul><li>Information for the application </li></ul><ul><li>Professional license </li></ul><ul><li>Extra copies of your résumé </li></ul><ul><li>Reference sheet with names and phone numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of letters of reference </li></ul><ul><li>Something to take notes with </li></ul><ul><li>A list of questions for the interviewers </li></ul>
    12. 12. Professional Appearance <ul><li>Business attire </li></ul><ul><li>You can't go wrong wearing a suit </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>No strong perfume </li></ul><ul><li>The key is neat, professional appearance </li></ul>NOT Appropriate
    13. 13. Timing Is Everything <ul><li>Choose your best time </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve sufficient time </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive ahead of time—but not too much </li></ul><ul><li>If you are going to be late, call </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid having other things planned that day </li></ul>
    14. 14. Your Time to Shine <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Handshake: firm, but not crushing </li></ul><ul><li>Remember names </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Be an active listener </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the questions asked </li></ul>You start making impressions the minute you enter the property
    15. 15. I Know That Answer <ul><li>Tell me about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me what area you liked best & least at your last job? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about your last employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you leaving your current job? (No negatives!) </li></ul><ul><li>What are your short-term and long-term goals? </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Basis: Most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance </li></ul><ul><li>Process: Candidates are asked to give specific examples of when and how they demonstrated a particular skill or behavior, followed with a question to expand </li></ul>Behavioral Interview
    17. 17. Behavioral Interview <ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Give me an example of a situation where your colleagues disagreed with your ideas. What did you do? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe experiences in school or a job that were satisfying/dissatisfying. What did you learn from them? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Do not answer theoretically; answers should include situations and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare by reviewing projects, experiences, accomplishments </li></ul>
    18. 18. Off-Limit Questions <ul><li>Family status </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Residence </li></ul><ul><li>Sex </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Arrests </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Come prepared with questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you need to know when assessing if the job is right for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking questions shows interest </li></ul></ul>Yes, I Do Have Some Questions
    20. 20. <ul><li>Why is this position open? </li></ul><ul><li>How long has the position been open? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the hiring process? </li></ul><ul><li>When would you like the successful candidate to start? </li></ul>Questions for the Recruiter
    21. 21. <ul><li>Why do you enjoy working here? </li></ul><ul><li>How long have you worked here? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you consider to be the hospital’s strengths and weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will review me? What tools are used? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of person succeeds at this facility? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the typical census on the unit? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you added any new procedures, tools or equipment in the past year? </li></ul>Questions for the Hiring Manager or Staff
    22. 22. Salary & Benefits <ul><li>Allow the employer to bring up salary and benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Research what the market is paying for similar jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Know your salary needs </li></ul>
    23. 23. Follow Up <ul><li>Ask about next steps </li></ul><ul><li>If you want the job, say so </li></ul><ul><li>Send a thank you letter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mention when you met and for what position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mention something discussed in the interview & remind the reader of your qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include a call to action </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Round Two <ul><li>Remember the people you met on your first visit </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to interview with higher ups </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to interview with more than one person at a time </li></ul>
    25. 25. Tipped Off <ul><li>Many eyes are on you – from the receptionist to the parking attendant </li></ul><ul><li>Any good interviewer allows for a certain amount of anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Stay focused and confident </li></ul>
    26. 26. Tipped Off <ul><li>A study by the Society of Human Resources Management revealed a candidate's background and qualifications are far less influential in hiring decisions than interview performance and professionalism </li></ul>
    27. 27. About this session <ul><li>Brought to you by ADVANCE for Nurses . </li></ul><ul><li>Merion Publications Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (No. 221-3-O-09), an accredited approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. </li></ul><ul><li>To take a test on this presentation, visit </li></ul>