I've had 5 interviews in the last few months, and haven't got any of the jobs...apparently I just suck at interviewing.
I feel like when people hear that I work in home health I'm automatically put at the bottom of the list. I work 12 hour shifts, doing pretty much everything that nurses do in the hospital, I have a ton of skills, I don't just go to people houses for a few minutes to check in on them, which is what i feel like all the hospitals think I do. Do I need to be up-selling my clinical skills more? I'm a quiet person, and I'm pretty sure it comes across that I'm pretty nervous/uncomfortable during the interviews. Is that the reason I keep getting passed up? My go to questions are "what will my orientation be" and "what are you looking for in a nurse/ team member?" Are those good questions, or should I be asking something different? Is it possible I come across too desperate? I want a different job so much, and I know I would excel at any position I was offered, how can I make the interviewers see that?
Please, Hiring managers and other nurses and administrators interviewing people, please tell me what you are looking for in a candidate? what do I need to say, how do i need to act to make you hire me?
Sep 6, '12
Confidence in yourself and your nursing skills is key. It is hard sometimes to talk yourself up, but talk yourself up! "I have been a home health nurse for x amount of time. I chose home health, as I felt that it would increase my assessment abilities, my critical thinking skills, as well as my clinical skill set, which now I can confidently transition and apply to acute care in a hospital enviroment" "In my time with HH, I am learned in xyz, which would be an assett to your organization. I am also learned in what I know, and what I don't know I quickly learn where to find the answers". Refer to your resume, which should list your entire skill set and any certifications. To tell them that you average "X" amount of patients in any given day, monitor patients with an average of "X" amount of medications, as well as treatments ranging from wound care to acute changes in condition--and have to communicate that information to a number of team members is a plus. You are an independent self-starter, who has the ability to be an intergral part of a health care team. (<----because you have to be in HH). One of the most important things that a home health nurse does is to monitor and assess, and intervene as needed. This transitions well into acute hospital nursing. Where you tend to be more "quiet" think of it as a calm presence and statement of fact, as opposed to egotistical rambling.....which works in your favor.