Hi, I'm looking for some interview advice.
Recently I secured an interview in a large healthcare organization for a Childbirth Education Supervisor. Though the title is "supervisor" the job description reads more like a "director." The position is considered a nursing leadership position and is a newly created position.
My clinical background is Labor and Delivery and I've managed various programs now for at least 2 years.
I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to have a portfolio of my work that I have done: my programs and other accomplishments that aren't necessarily highlighted in my resume.
Any thoughts? I'm really excited about this position.
Thanks for the suggestion, llg.
Actually, I have a few more questions. I guess I'm not even certain what to include.
I've designed a few original marketing/branding logos for specific education programs, designed a system-wide handout on nursing research that was distributed and design our newsletter. Are those things I could include? Also, how do I present them? In paper folders, stapled together...?
Also, my thesis is on prenatal education and the Hispanic population. While it's far from completed, I do have a rough three chapters thrown together. Should I prepare an abstract of sorts?
I'd really like to interview well for this job. I know age shouldn't really be considered in interviewing, but I appear very young for my age (I'm 31 but seriously look about 23) and sometimes I think that could be perceived as inexperience or immaturity. I write, speak and carry myself well, but sometimes I think I have to go the "extra" bit to overcome that youthfulness. Especially if this is a leadership position...
Any other suggestions?
Last edit by Susy K on Jul 21, '04
Jul 21, '04
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
i'd take a portfolio with you...illg had great info.
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Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 21, '04
Jul 22, '04
by llg, BSN, MSN, PhD Guide
[QUOTE=Susy K]As far as the abstract, since I haven't began collecting data so far, should I just provide what I have so far?
Title, question, background, etc?
Yeah ... I would just do a 1-page abstract of the title, basic background information, question, and proposed methodology.
Here's another idea - one that I used to get the job that brought me to my current employer. There were some issues that were discussed in-depth during my interview for the CNS job that brought me here ( a 12-hour interview day, by the way). Those issues concerned the nature of the CNS roles, advanced practice roles in general, reporting relationships, etc. Both my propective boss and the VP for Nursing focused on those issues during my talks with them. Well ... after the interview, I went home and wrote up some of my subsequent thoughts and sent them to those 2 individuals, saying that the interview process had stimulated my thinking and that I wanted to share the results with them. The "essay" also further demonstrated that my views were compatible with theirs, but that I also had additional ideas that would enrich the hospital.
I don't know exactly what they thought of my essay, but I got the job. Recently, one of the nursing student externs that I hired this summer did the same thing. She had struggled to answer one of my questions during our interview. The next day, I received an e-mail from her acknowledging that she hadn't answered that question particularly well ... nobody had ever asked her that before. She had done some additional thinking on the subject and this is what she came up with. She also got the job and has turned out to be a "superstar" among this summer's cohort of externs.
Last edit by llg on Jul 22, '04