Purdue University called a few days ago and offered me an interview for their Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing Program. Wow! I'm excited. But the novelty of receiving the call has worn off and the work preparing has begun.
I believe this is a tough program to get into; they accept ten candidates per year. I was told by an adviser that they interview the number of candidates they need, so if that's true, getting the interview is a good get, ...not a guarantee, but a step in the right direction. I don't want to blow it.
I have never interviewed for an academic or post graduate position. I'm wondering, how will this interview differ from a standard business/job interview. If you are interviewing with a business, you usually have some idea of the demeanor of that culture, but with a department within a university, the department attitude can vary widely from the school's general attitude. What should one expect?
Also, will questions be geared toward my academic knowledge of nursing and healthcare, my skills, personality and ability to get along (this is a cohort program), and/or my stamina to endure the stress of an accelerated program, or my achievements and pitfalls of prior career experience. There seems to be so many unknown variables.
Can anyone clarify if they have knowledge or experience going through this interviewing/ selection process, and please specify with which school, especially if it was with Purdue University.
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