Quote from GaryRay
You're right, I was trying to show how involved in committee work I like to be and how I don't turn down opportunities to be a super user or help with education fairs. But I do that stuff because I enjoy it and it makes me feel more like i'm a member of the unit community. I'm not ambitious at all. I was thinking it would show them I'm more than just a warm body, but I probably just came off as a know it all.
Anyone interested in doing a mock interview with me? Clearly I need to work on my strategy.
Here are some suggestions for the next interview:
Be genuine, be sincere, be humble, and be yourself
If you are asked about accomplishments, in one sentence say I was on x committee and through our work a decrease in y resulted. Leave it at that! Leave the examples at home, they are not interested and frankly its overkill to the nth degree. Or better answer, I always wanted to be ACLS certified and I got certified or something r/t patient care. If they want you on committees they will ask after the interview.
If they ask you a question about what makes you happy as a nurse, mention something about taking care of patients.
If they ask you about something that makes you unhappy about healthcare mention something that negatively impacts patient care (I always respond to this question on the national level)
If they ask you about where you see yourself in 5 years then you can say something along the lines of I'd like to be on a committee, and I'd like xyz...
Don't give long over elaborate answers to questions.
If you're applying to patient care positions keep your answers patient centered.