Interviewing tips for family practice please.
- 0Jan 14, '13 by sistasoulHi all,
I have an interview next week at a family practice. Would love to land this job as I am tired of working weekends and 2nd shift and the constant stress of the hospital. I am sure there is stress working in a family practice but it is a diferent kind of stress. Any advice would be greatly appreciated on how to impress.
- 0Jan 14, '13 by advsmuch08I just interviewed with a family practice office. One of the interview questions was what topics would I cover in CHF patient education. The office is over 75% pediatric and I only have adult experience so another question was how I would adjust to pediatrics. I talked about my volunteer experiences and nursing school clinicals. Best wishes!
- 0Jan 14, '13 by LTCNSBe confident. Tell the interviewer what you can bring to the table such as thinking fast on your feet, excellent clinical and critical thinking skills due to your hospital experience. Ask questions like what an average day would be like for you as a RN in the clinic, how many patients do they generally see on an average day, does each doctor have certain quirks/preferences that you would need to be aware of, etc..Good luck!
- 0Jan 16, '13 by gardenpartyyMake sure you tell them you have great organizational skills, customer service skills and love meeting new people. Like the above poster said, make sure you ask at least a few questions. I wouldn't ask the person interviewing you about doctor preferences-I'd save that for after you get hired. Don't look to the right before you answer your questions, as some people believe that it indicates someone is lying.
Just smile, appear warm and high energy and you'll be sure to get the job.
- 0Jan 16, '13 by JillyRNThe office I worked in was very big on nurses providing patient education. I would emphasize your experience with that since they will most likely want you comfortable providing parents teaching on administration of their children's meds or treatments. When I worked in family medicine I was interviewed by the Medical Director, Head Nurse, and Office Manager. They expected me to be willing to float between front and back office duties. So discussing your ability to multi task efficiently will be beneficial. Flexibility was key, especially in a smaller office as you might be the nurse, receptionist, and lab tech in one day. Good luck!
- 1Jan 18, '13 by sistasoulThank you all for your ideas and advice. Strengths are easy to come up with. Weaknesses are always a struggle though. You don't want to say anything that will take you out of the running from getting the position. Any ideas on how to handle this? I am notoriously badat interviews.
Thank you again,
- 1Jan 18, '13 by JillyRNDon't stress over stating your weaknesses. Of course, don't answer that you "don't have any" because that's a big red flag for a lack of self-awareness. Simply stating you're lack of experience in the outpatient setting might be considered a weakness. Word the answer more in the context of "I'd really like to improve my .... skills" or discuss a situation that you think you could have handled better. These kind of things show that you care to better your practice and are able to recognize your own shortcomings.
- 0Feb 3, '13 by beckboI've interviewed people for positions in a family med office and the trick is to come up with a weakness that can also be a strength. For example, you could say that while you are very organized, you have to be very conscious of it to make sure that it doesn't cause you to become less flexible (or vice versa).
- 0Feb 3, '13 by sistasoulThanks for all of the replies. I did not get the job but it is OK. The job was for telephone triage which I would have hated. I like to hands on care of my peeps. It was not advertised as a telephone triage position or I never would have applied for it. I will keep hunting.
Thanks again for all of the great advice!