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- May 3, '12 by CrunchRNI so have my fingers crossed for you!
My go to interview outfit is the basic blue suit (a cheapo, but whatever...) with a plain white button up the front shirt and my hair up in, I swear to god a bun. I wear stud earrings and nothing else other than the old wedding ring.
I never go in without my list of what i consider my good points, and whatever I have made up as my weakness - ha ha! I actually carry it in and refer to it as needed.
I am upbeat and enthusiastic, but not manic!
- May 3, '12 by Nurse Leighi wish you luck! as for interview advice, wear something that is neat and business-like appropriate (you of course know this) but--make sure you are comfortable in it. hard to look confident when your pants are too tight, you feel out of place wearing a skirt and hose if you are not used to them etc. (i don't know your body type, but if you are like me nursing school really had me packing on some pounds (bleh). so sometimes, i will try the "shapewear" undergarments to look more svelte only to end up feeling like i can't breathe and fearful that my tummy fat is being squished and migrating who knows where and now i look lumpy). so something that looks nice, you feel confident in and allows you to [color=#00ffff]breathe.
oh yeah, that. take some nice deep breaths prior to going into the room! do what you can to calm yourself.
also, you might want to get a small notebook and write down a list of questions to ask the interviewer. this shows you are serious about learning about the facility and helps if your mind goes blank. i used a small notebook that looked nice but appropriate, i think mine had a clasp. i preferred it over a cheapo paper one.
i am sure you know to reach out to shake interviewers hand before they have to offer you theirs, look them in the eye, and let your confidence show!
good luck! hope your great wit and common sense have a chance to show through--they should serve you well!
- May 4, '12 by jadelpnSo excited for you Jane!! If you go to the drugstore, just get some mineral type powder makeup. Big fluffy brush to put it all over your face. Non-smearing waterproof mascara. Gloss with a hint of color. Get a nice skirt, a white button down, and if it is chilly, a cardigan in an interesting color (like teal or lavender) . Hit the high points in what your strengths are, That you are a moldable part of a team player. That you have a positive outlook on your practice. WOOO HOOOOO!! Go get em!!
- May 4, '12 by Epic_RNCongrats on the interview! Research the hospital so they know you're interested. Also, if it's s residency program, a good question to ask is how you would go about becoming a preceptor down the road. And emphasize teamwork. Good luck!!
- May 10, '12 by jadedjaneI think the interview went well. It's really hard to tell with a screening interview, plus there are so many applicants.
As I was sitting and waiting for my turn, I could hear screaming (and laughter) through the walls..so once I was called, as I came into the room I said "I hear the screaming through the walls...This must be one TOUGH interview" and had them both laughing before we ever started.
I was definitely nervous...I'm sure they knew that.
I feel like I got the same standardized questions: Why do you want to be a nurse, why at this hospital, why in med-tele. I think my answers were great - except for What's your biggest pet peeve. I had to yank that one right out of my backside and polish it enough to pass for an answer.
I had some good questions regarding future plans for their unit (toward progressive care), Hospital and unit turnover rates for nurses, expectations for ADNs to advance /continuing education, I mentioned that I was aware of their union affiliation as well as their HCAP committee and asked how someone becomes a part of the committee (meaning.. are all nurses encouraged to participate or does each unit elect a representative)... and I placed MAJOR emphasis on my penchant for company loyalty as noted by my very stable work history.
I was told to keep a certain date open, and was told exactly when they would be calling to let me know if I am moving on to the panel.
maybe I can tell more about it later. Right now, I don't want to give away any more identifying details
My greatest hope is that I did stand out from the crowd (in a good way). We'll know soon enough.
- May 10, '12 by Epic_RNSounds like it went well! Thanks for the update and let us know if (when!) you get the offer
- May 10, '12 by bookscrapperYou may have had errors in your resume, but I work daily with an electronic medical record program that has spelling and grammatical errors all over the place. It is so frustrating, not to mention unprofessional.
- May 10, '12 by amygarsideThat's great news! Keep us updated!
- May 10, '12 by tyvinSpell check for many browsers can be uploaded plus the program you use to write have spell check. Also reading the paper backwards helps. I'm presuming you use a computer to write and do your resume and cover letters.
- May 16, '12 by jadedjaneMoving forward to the panel interview!!! YAY