How to Ace a Nursing Interview

Instructor: Leah Salyer
There are many aspects to doing well in a job interview. Read on to learn about the different types of interviews and ways you can be successful in your nursing interview.

Make a Good First Impression

It is always important to make a good first impression on any job interview. There are a few ways that this can be achieved:

  • Make sure to have a great cover letter and resume that is thorough, well-organized and easy to read.
  • Consider changing your voicemail greeting to something that sounds more professional in case you're waiting on a call for an interview.
  • Coach anyone else who may answer the phone on how to respond appropriately and take a detailed message.
  • Say hello with a solid handshake and good eye contact.
  • Dress nicely by wearing clean, freshly ironed clothes that give off a professional, put-together image.

Prepare for Questions Ahead of Time

Practice answering interview questions ahead of time. You may think up some questions that you will expect to be asked and have a friend or relative interview you. You may also search online for questions commonly asked in nursing interviews which are often about patient care, dealing with difficult visitors, etc. and practice how you will answer these types of questions. You should also consider thinking carefully about each question and writing down responses as this may help you think about each question more thoroughly.

Consider Different Types of Interviews

Not all interviews are conducted the same way. Some will be the standard in-person interview while others may be over the phone or in-person in a location you aren't expecting. When preparing for a phone interview, you will want to gather your resume ahead of time as well as a prepared list of questions to ask your interviewer. Be sure to speak clearly and let your voice convey what your facial expressions cannot since the interviewer cannot see you.

Some interviews may take place in restaurants or similar locations. The rules of a standard in-person interview still apply, but you'll want to consider some other possibilities as well. Don't order food that is going to be hard to eat neatly or that is particularly high priced. Consider following your interviewer's lead here with ordering something simple and easy to eat while still speaking clearly and showing that you are a professional.

Follow Up and Record Thoughts

After your interview is complete, you should write down some thoughts from the interview. Record your thoughts on the job overall, anything that you learned and any pro or cons related to the position. In the next few days following the interview, send a thank you note to your interviewer. Make this brief and simple, explaining that you enjoyed meeting. Be sure to include some things you learned about the position that impressed you as well as remind them of any stand out information you want them to remember about you. End the note by thanking them for their time and expressing your continued interest in the opportunity.

Interview Preparation and Communication Resources

You can review some additional tips and resources that can help you ace your interview with Consider checking out this course on How to Prepare for a Job Interview. It covers topics like preparing for different types of interviews, avoiding interview pitfalls, common questions, post-interview practices and a lot more. You can also use this course on Business Communication to get a better understanding of appropriate communication skills to use in your interview as well as the workplace.

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