Does anyone have any hints for interview success?
Like generally, what do most nurse managers ask potential candidates?
What kinds of questions should I be asking the Nurse Managers?
Is it okay to ask to shadow a nurse on the unit for a shift to determine if it would be a good fit for me? Can I ask to interview a nurse from that unit? Would that be okay?
What should I look for in a Nurse Manager and Unit?
I am really nervous about my job search. I don't want to make the same mistakes twice. The next job I get, I want to really love it and the people that I work with. I want to know what I am getting into before I sign on.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thank You all in Advance
Always be positive in all responces you give...even if you have to answer a question that has a somewhat negative responce, I follow it through with a positive! Like "why did you leave your last employer?" I will typically tell that I felt I had hit the glass ceiling on what I could do there and could not advance in my skills or gain further experience, so I chose to look elsewhere like this facility where my skills and experiences can grow and be an asset!" See...it covered the reason I left, which was they were ticking me off something fierce and took away all my benifits and put it into a better light, then basically complemented the interviewers facility! PLUS PLUS!
All questions should be handled with postives and using their mission statement and catch phrases too! I use the words teamwork, continuity, patient safety, professionalism, nursing ethics, etc. And I will quote their mission statement as to what I can do to keep that going strong!
Also, after the interview I go to my car, write a thank you note right then and there, bringing up more positives as reminders and thanks for their time. I put it into the mail box on my way home! I have gotten three jobs that way just from doing that...and they told me so (and having a resume and dressing professionally...many an employer tells me that seems to be a passing fad, and like the fact I stick with it!).
As far as questions to them, I bring up questions about hours and units, types of patients, ratios, differentials, bonuses, orientation timelines, turn over with nurses or how long nurses stay, and especially when I may call to check in and to whom about if I got the job! OH and pay! LOL!
Last edit by Antikigirl on Mar 2, '07