So I know I'm just feeling down, but I'd love for all you experienced nurses to give me some tips on how to interview better! I'm entering my next to last semester of an 8 semester long BSN program. After completing an unpaid internship in an Intermediate Care Unit, I started to apply for externships. I had an interview today, and I feel (no...I know) that I blew it.
For a little background about myself, I wasn't initially a nursing major. I studied English literature for a few years, then realized I wasn't happy and made the switch. I absolutely love what I'm doing and am very dedicated. I have a 4.0 and speak Spanish (I live in Southern CA, so this is a big plus). I love my patients and am an extremely hard worker. I spend countless nerdy hours reading nursing-related material on my own time.
The thing is, I'm not an extrovert, and I think this stood out a little too much today during my interview. I've worked hard on this and have gained a ton of confidence in nursing school. I'm not "in your face", but I'm friendly, warm, and no longer afraid to ask questions and stand up for myself and especially my patients (and if I am, I hide it!). I prepared quite a bit for my interview, but when I was in there, it was as if all my plans disappeared!
I was very professional, made eye contact, and thanked everyone profusely for their time. But, towards the end of the interview, I could pick up on the fact that they just weren't that into me! I realized that my voice, which is naturally very quiet, was probably drowned out by the huge fan in the corner...I didn't sit up straight enough....I took too many sips of water....Mostly, I didn't elaborate enough on my good points...the fact that I love to learn, and that I'm so passionate about what I do. If you can believe this, I actually at one point mentioned the fact that "I'm a worrier"...I don't know what is wrong with me. They were asking me what kind of feedback I've received from clinical instructors. I've had nothing but positive feedback, so I started to feel like an a$$ because I thought I sounded conceited, so I blurted out that "What I feel I need to work on is...". They didn't ask for it. I just GAVE it to them, and I don't think I made it sound very good!
Then I found out afterwards that several other students were offered positions. I'm happy for everyone, and a few of them absolutely deserve it, but the rest are people who I know for a fact couldn't tell you why this or that happens when you give a medication, or how it links to the disease, etc...But, they're bubbly and confident and know how to socialize! Something I'm not great at. I kind of felt like I was in a popularity contest and quickly losing. It's frustrating because although I know that grades aren't necessarily an indicator of what kind of nurse you'll be, I think it's important to know why you're doing things and what the possible outcomes could be. I've avoided several potentially life-threatening situations because I know my pathophys. I just don't seem to have the necessary confidence and interview skills yet.
Should I be worried about getting a job when I graduate, or should I just write off this day as experience, and hope that I can fix my weak spots for next time? Thanks for reading my long, self-pitying post!
The Introvert :wink2: