Tue 1 Feb, 2005 06:37 pm
Interview Tips - Be Prepared & Stay Positive
Nothing shows a hiring manager that you are serious about a job more than you doing research prior to the interview. You want to show the person who is interviewing you that you are competent, you understand what the position will require, and that you are enthusiastic about the position.
* Research the hospital, and job prior to the interview. Talk to friends who work at the facility and see if you can arrange to talk with someone in the department prior to the interview. The purpose is to get a better understanding of the demands placed on the nurses in the department.
* Come to the interview with a list of questions. If you can't think if any questions, then ask questions you may already know the answer to. Questions like, Who is in charge of scheduling for the department? How long are your typical shifts? Who would I report directly to during a given shift? What can you tell me about the physicians I would work with?
* Bring a note pad and paper to the interview. Take notes abotu everything you observe during the interview that would impact your decision about whether or not to accept an offer.
* Stay positive even if you don't want the position. You may think the position is horrible at first, but right around the corner could be something that makes you think it is the greatest job ever. If you rub one person the wrong way, then you might not get the job.
* Do not bad mouth a previous employer. Interviewers see this as a red flag. If you bash your former employer then what is to stop you from bashing your next employer.
* Do not talk about taking a lot of vacation or time off. Benefits may be important to you, so ask the human resources for a brochure on the benefits provided by the facility. You don't want your future boss to think you are lazy and ready to take a vacation before you even start.
* If you see something you do not like about a facility, don't point it out to the people interviewing you. Chances are the person interviewing you will take offense to such an observation. The hiring manager is probably very proud of his/her department. How would you feel if a stranger came into your house and started telling you how ugly the wall paper is? Somethings are just better kept to yourself.