First of all, write a resume that should be no longer than one page. Outline any volunteer work that you have done or any special courses that you have taken in school in addition to your required nursing courses. If you have worked a part time job in a hospital while going to school, make sure you include that. Write a cover letter stating why you feel that this organization would be a great place to start your career and a great fit for your nursing career objectives. It should be short and professional. SPELL CHECK
OVER AND OVER and check your grammar
. I never hired anyone who could not spell.
PLEASE go professionally dressed. By this, if you are female, wear a slacks or skirt and a jacket. It should be navy blue or black. Minimize jewelry and wear hose and professional shoes, not three inch heels. If you have any tats, make sure they are covered up. If you have multiple earrings, make sure they are professional in appearance. Make sure your shoes are shined.
For males, wear a suit or slacks and a jacket. You can forego the tie.
PLEASE no wild hair colors or cuts.
I may be old fashioned but I have had to interview and hire a lot of people in my time. If people take the time to present themselves in a professional manner, it gives the impression that they really want to work for you.
I believe if you reference any on line information regarding how to dress for a job interview, you would hear the same thing.
Smile, and for God sake, have a firm handshake. If you don't know what that is or you feel uncomfortable doing it, practice with a friend.
DO NOT as questions about salary and benefits unless the person doing the interview brings it up. Keep your questions focused on what orientation will be like, your areas of interest etc. Don't be afraid to say good, positive things about yourself. If you have any special talents or like certain areas, say so. Let them know that you are flexible and there to learn. Read up about the hospital where you are applying and ask questions about the organization.
You might start by saying "I read so and so on your web site. I would like to know about _____. Act very interested in the hospital and knowing what their expectations of you are. DON'T act negative and if they want to give you a rectal exam as part of your pre employment requirement, just say yes. There are different requirements in terms of blood work, urine drug screen etc that they may require.
Good luck. You can reference how to write a resume or a cover letter on line. And another thing, use white or cream colored paper for your resume. Not some wild color or paper that had any type of print on it.