Job Interview Tips

Follow these tips to ace your RN job interviews.

  1. 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.
  2. 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’.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Stay tuned.

I accepted a position in the OR!

Follow your dreams and believe in them!

I started my job two days after my pinning ceremony. As you can see from the blog title that I started in the operating room (OR) which is exciting. I enrolled in the Peri-Op 101 program through the hospital since I have no prior OR experience and nursing school does not teach you much about the OR. The first week was virtual hospital orientation and one day we had an on site orientation. This is my second week and I have been completing my modules and got to tour the OR.

I enjoyed the tour in the OR. Everyone was so welcoming and genuinely nice. I could see everyone busy and the circulating nurses coming out of the room to grab stuff. We were able to walk into a room where a robotic surgery was being performed. It was really cool to see everyone in action and the surgeon was so pleasant. It will be a great learning experience for me and I am very thrilled to be a part of the OR team.

What made me pick the OR?
During the last semester of nursing school, I knew I did not want to work on the Med-Surg floor. I know it would’ve been a learning experience but I just couldn’t see myself working on the floor. But I loved the emergency room (ER) and so I considered it. During a brief call with the HR, they had mentioned availabilities in the OR. At the time, I didn’t know that OR hired new grad nurses and so I never bothered looking it up. But my hospital participates in the nursing residency program and so my interest in the OR grew after the call. I became interested because I have always loved the human anatomy and the different surgical procedures were very intriguing. I gave it a thought and the hours fit perfectly with my schedule.

Right now because I am in the nursing residency program and enrolled in the Peri-Op 101 program my schedule is from 7 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No weekends. My orientation will continue for 8 months before I can start working independently. After orientation, I will be doing evening shift which is not as bad because none of the shifts are overnight. I know most new grads start on nights and I was not up for it because I need my nights sleep no matter what. So I was lucky enough to get into the OR. I absolutely do not mind working regular 8-hour shifts Monday through Friday.

So yeah that’s the latest update on my nursing life. So far, as you can tell, it’s been going great and I hope it stays that way. The amazing thing is that whatever you put your mind into, it will eventually happen or come true. My inspiration to become a nurse sparked when I gave birth to my daughter at the very hospital that I am working at right now. Believe in yourself, put in the effort, and watch it all come to life!

My Pinning Ceremony Experience

“I attribute my success to this- I never gave or took any excuse” -Florence Nightingale

I recently got pinned and it was held at our university campus auditorium. Since I transitioned into the accelerated program, our cohort consisted of 16 students and so we were able to bring in as many people as we wanted.

The ceremony was very emotional and exciting at the same time. It felt great to be at the end of the finish line. To be seated on the stage and waiting to get pinned was a dream that I dreamt three years ago and it felt so surreal to be living the dream. It was such a beautiful moment and I was proud of myself and all my classmates. We all shared our joy as we spoke about passing our NCLEX and landing our dream job!

The ceremony started in the afternoon at 2 p.m. We came a little early for rehearsal and then took some group pictures on the campus. When it was time, we walked onto the stage and saw our family sitting in front of us in the auditorium. It was definitely a proud moment for them to see us sitting on the opposite side. There was a slide show running behind us, that showed the group pictures throughout the semesters. As we got called to get pinned, individual pictures, ambitions, future plans and a note to family and friends was displayed on the big projector screen for the audience to see.

Being called your name to get pinned and RN attached next to your name just gave that sense of accomplishment. At that moment, I forgot how stressful nursing school was. It was like giving birth. As soon as you see the baby, you forget about your labor pains. It felt exactly like that. It was definitely worth it going through those 3 years of many sleepless nights and sacrificing special gatherings with family just so I could finish my assignments or study for my exams.

If you’re reading this, I just want to say whatever you’re going through life, just keep going. Don’t look back and don’t give up. It will be worth it at the end!