Follow these tips to ace your RN job interviews.
- Be prepared. Do mock interviews with yourself before the actual interview day. Practice in front of a mirror. Start at least 3-4 days prior to the interview date.
- Look into the company you are applying for. Read about their mission, vision, values, philosophy etc. So when the interviewer asks, “Why do you want to work for us?”, your answer can align with their vision. This also lets the interviewer know that you did your ‘homework’.
- Take a notebook and write down all the potential questions that the interviewer can ask. Some of the most popular ones are: tell me about yourself, what are your weaknesses and your strengths, why did you pick this position, where do you see yourself in five years, etc.
- Google most common interview question for the position you are applying for and write down the answers. Practice answering the questions before the day of the interview.
- Some of the behavioral interview questions to look out for are: how do you stay calm in a stressful situation, give me a time when you had to handle a difficult patient, how did your clinical rotation help you, how did you handle a situation with a difficult coworker, give a situation where you worked better with others (teamwork), and more.
It is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Going in the interview prepared ahead of time gives you the ability to speak confidently.
In the next upcoming post, I will share my experience during interviews and how I answered the questions.