Gonzaga interview advice?

  1. I just found out I have been offered an interview for Gonzaga's program in January ... am hoping you might be able to share some interview advice with me?

    Am also curious ... is it mandatory to wear a suit?

    Thanks! I've learned a lot by reading what you all have posted ...
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Brenna's Dad
    Congratulations on your interview.

    Wearing a suit is not mandatory. In fact, several people have gotten accepted when not wearing a suit. My advice, however, is to dress for success. But that's just me.

    Interview advice.....be yourself.....be eager....demonstrate why you want to attend the Gonzaga program.
  4. by   sonessrna
    Quote from Brenna's Dad
    Congratulations on your interview.

    Wearing a suit is not mandatory. In fact, several people have gotten accepted when not wearing a suit. My advice, however, is to dress for success. But that's just me.

    Interview advice.....be yourself.....be eager....demonstrate why you want to attend the Gonzaga program.
    A suite is not mandatory, but I would wear one if I were you. Where I went to school, there was a gentleman who showed up without a suite...all the rest of us were dressed up in professional attire (suites and jackets). Needless to say, he was not asked to come for school. Just remember that appearances are the first impression of how eager you are and how serious you are about the position. Good luck!!
  5. by   apaisRN
    At the one interview I've had so far, wearing a jacket-and-skirt suit really helped me feel like a grown-up (I'm 27 and still feel like an imposter half the time!) and a professional. I'll be at Gonzaga too in my black suit!

    I recall a thread about last year's interviews at Gonzaga being brutal - that they really put a candidate on the spot and made him/her uncomfortable. I'll search out the thread but can anyone add info?
  6. by   TSG
    Quote from apaisRN
    At the one interview I've had so far, wearing a jacket-and-skirt suit really helped me feel like a grown-up (I'm 27 and still feel like an imposter half the time!) and a professional. I'll be at Gonzaga too in my black suit!

    I recall a thread about last year's interviews at Gonzaga being brutal - that they really put a candidate on the spot and made him/her uncomfortable. I'll search out the thread but can anyone add info?
    thanks for the advice everyone ... guess i'll be suit shopping soon ...

    i read about that interview as well ... this was the title of the thread: 1st Interview done(Need Cyberhugs). it looks like they were accepted to the program afterall ...
  7. by   Brenna's Dad
    A suit really isn't necessary at Gonzaga. They are looking to see how you are as a person. A suit is simply my person preference.
  8. by   apaisRN
    Brenna's Dad, do you have any input about the interview being tough?
  9. by   trekrRN
    I know the person who posted about that interview last year, and it sounds like it was brutal, but the person got in. I seem to remember something in the post about the chief anesthesiologist questioning why nurses belong in anesthesia, and then him explaining that anesthesia is a practice of medicine not nursing. Being from that area of the country, I know a lot of people that have graduated from that Sacred Heart, and have heard a lot of positive things about it.
    As for dress, last Jan. was my first interview in another state, and I too debated as to whether or not to wear a suit (I had not even so much as worn a tie in 15 years.) I decided on no suit, just nice shirt, tie, slacks. Turns out I was the only one there without a suit on, but I got in anyway. I would have some serious misgivings about a program that considers your attire as one of their top criteria.
    Last edit by trekrRN on Jan 3, '05
  10. by   apaisRN
    From other posts about Gonzaga's interview, sounds like a megacode is part of the experience. It's been 18 months since I last took ACLS - I will review, of course, but I have no idea how I will do under pressure. And I hope they don't ask PALS stuff because I'm certified but I don't work peds and all I can remember is AIRWAY AIRWAY AIRWAY!
  11. by   kmchugh
    While a suit may not be necessary, I don't think I'd go to an interview without wearing one. It conveys an impression of professionalism.

    Kevin McHugh, CRNA
  12. by   emtmoon1
    Dress for Success!
  13. by   apaisRN
    For the record, my interview was probing but not brutal. It was a bit of an intense experience with three sets of interviewers but they were mainly friendly.

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