I just wanted to share a piece of advice that might be helpful to you all during your search - especially if you are not great at interviews like me.
1) If given the opportunity, attend open houses or career fairs
. I once attended an open house for a nursing home where the recruiter pretty much told the small group that they were not hiring new nurses. She then said that the new graduates may stay if they still wanted to interview with the nurse supervisors anyway or leave. Most of them left - but I was already there so I wanted my interview. About a month later, I received a call from the recruiter and asked if I was still interested in interviewing for a position. I think my willingness to stay and my attendance at the open house helped me score an interview. It also gave me some ideas of interview questions.
3) If you have a camera phone, tape yourself
practicing common interview questions and answers. I noticed that I was saying "umm" alot and fidgeting around in my seat.
4) After each interview, write down the questions that the interviewer asked you.
This way you can practice the for next time - especially ones that got you twisted up. You will start to recognize patterns of questions asked.
5) I once read on a website that it takes 3-5 interviews to warm up. I thought this was very comforting words. Don't look at at past interviews as failures - but practice.
6) Make a substantial list of questions to ask
for when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. I usually make a list before hand. But, I once had an interviewer pretty much answer all of my questions during the interview by the time the interview was finished. So when she asked for questions, I was pretty stumped at that point! So, now, I am working on making a page long list of questions - just incase
7) Practice like you did with NCLEX questions
. Get a pack of index cards, write down interview questions, write out your answers on the back, and review them each day. Also role play them as well.
8) Before you have your interview, give yourself a self-talk.
Say to yourself, "This is nervousness. I will experience it right now. But then I will let it go." Or, "I will do good on this interview." Even if these things are not felt, saying them will help.
Feel free to add some pointers to the thread!
One thing that I learned while looking for jobs as a CNA was dress the part.
When they call to schedule your interview, as if they prefer scrubs or business attire... I know, I know, common sense.. But you have no IDEA the kinds of outfits I've seen people show up to interviews in!
Here is an idea for business attire, from forbes.com: The Perfect Interview Outfit - Forbes.com
... You can find tons of similar, great pieces at places like Target, Khol's, Wal-mart, and Good Will!
If they prefer scrubs, I usually look around to see what color each sect of nurses wear (CNA- hunter green; LPN- ceil blue; RN- royal blue, etc). If I don't have anything that matches what they wear, I usually wear black, royal purple, or grey, all of which symbolize power and authority. I wear a pin with my certification (CNA), and make sure to have neutral makeup, my hair off of my face (buns are great, pony tails if they're pulled back, high, and polished... no wet hair!), and either nude or no nail-polish (clean those nails!!! No dirt or overly long nails, missy!)
I've gotten most jobs I've applied for, even back when I had little to no experience.
Also wear your best asset: YOUR SMILE!
Last edit by eyesopen_mouthshut on May 26, '13
: Reason: Forgot to add in where to find cheaper, similar pieces under business attire