What I learned from the interviews:
1.) Be confident, but humble.
2.) It is obvious that we do not know everything in those 1000s of pages we've read in nursing school
, but if they ask you a question regarding something you do not know - don't say you don't know! Say that you will use your resources to find the answers, i.e. policies and procedures, textbooks, etc. They want to see that you're resourceful and independent - autonomy is big in nursing.
3.) When you're thinking about questions and how to answer them, ALWAYS think about the individual that you would hire and the qualities that they possess. We all generally look for the same things (honesty, reliability, professionalism, responsibility, motivation to learn, self-motivated, eager to succeed, etc.).
4.) My parents are both supervisors and my father told me that he always looks for the "I can do it attitude" my mother looks at how they carry themselves and how they answer questions. I always considered both of these on my interview preparations. They both would also ask me questions at home for practice.
5.) Clothes: DRESS PROFESSIONAL. I don't know how many times I've seen peep toe heels, bohemian dress, and messy attire on other applicants. I'm all for individuality - but when it comes to interviews, ALWAYS dress your best. Make sure everything fits well, is ironed, and tucked in where needed.
6.) Come prepared. Always do research on the facility you want to work for, they know your applying for hundreds of positions, but when you know things about their hospital it shows interest. They want to know that you WANT this.
7.) Come with a set of resumes and cover letters, if its a panel of 2, bring 2 extra sets in case you get others sitting in as well. It makes you look organized and prepared (which are extremely good qualities to have in this field).
8.) I read somewhere that you should always come in with a toolbox. In nursing interviews this toolbox includes situational answers for clinical questions that they ALWAYS ask you during these interviews. Be prepared for any and every "Give me an example of when..."
Ok, I that is all that I can think of for now. If I have any more come to mind, I will surely post it up here