My first job interview at a hospital didn't go well. I stuttered and stammered, my mouth was extremely dry and I felt like I was shrinking into the chair. I couldn't wait to get out of there.
My problem ? I was not prepared for a professional interview. As I was waiting to hear from them , I applied at another hospital. This time, I was prepared and the interview went very well..I left there happy and knowing I had the job.
Why were these interviews, only a month apart, so different and what did I do to prepare ?
Below are the steps I took to win the job I wanted, and hopefully you too will be successful in your "perfect job" search.
1. I received from a friend a list of possible questions
that could be asked during an interview and
questions I could ask them. I wrote down the answers
and studied them until I could easily answer each one
2. I studied a list of questions to ask them, such as
"What is the range of pay for someone in my
" What nursing model do you use?" ( primary care ect)
" Are nurses required to work overtime or rotate
shifts ? "
The questions I wanted to ask, I brought with me along
with several copies of my resume and a nursing
piece called " Risky Nursing printed nicely in a
flowered border. I handed these out to the three
nurse managers I interviewed with. ( yes, they
probably already have your resume..somewhere...
so it's a good idea to carry a few copies)
3. Professional dress is a must. Suits for men and
women is the preferred attire, at least in my opinion.
The first interview I mentioned, I wore a summer
peach colored skirt which made look I was going to
a wedding instead of an interview. The second I wore
a skirt and matching blazer..navy blue. I felt more
professional and acted it. This is purely my opinion
but I have seen other lists that back it up.
Below are some links to more questions and interview advice. I found these very helpful in preparing me for
the perfect job interview.