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  1. What's Your Greatest Weakness? This question most assuredly will be asked. It's dreaded by most people, because it raises a fear of vulnerability and besides, who wants to reveal their weaknesses? The key is to take control and turn it around into a positive. Here's how to turn it into an interview win for you. They Don't Want to Know Your Weakness The first thing to understand is- they don't really want the truth! They definitely don't want to know your personal weaknesses (you binge on ice cream, you're insecure, you get jealous). You won't get points for candidly coming clean and telling them you forget your mother's birthday. It's designed to see if you demonstrate self-awareness and are committed to professional growth and improvement. Show them that and you will be an outstanding candidate. Don't Give These Answers to "What's Your Weakness?" Do not say "I'm a perfectionist" or "I work too hard" The interviewers have heard these too many times, and it's disingenuous on your part. Do not say "I panic when I get overwhelmed" or "I can't do math calculations" because math skills and stress management are both core skill sets needed for the job. Do not say "I'm not good at public speaking" or "I struggle with Excel formulas" because these are not skills required for the job and it will be seen as a copout. Guidelines for Composing Your Answer When talking about a negative, be brief and matter of fact (de-emphasize the negative) Spend one quarter of your answer on your weakness and three quarters on how you are improving (re-focus) Frame your weakness as an opportunity you've identified for professional improvement and growth (self-awareness) Speak to your action plan (initiative) Avoid using negative words such as weakness or failure (positive focus) Use positive words such as challenge and area for growth (positive focus) Describe the progress you've made in a story or example (stories are memorable) Close on a positive note (leave positive impression) In this way, you have skillfully turned a weakness into a positive while still owning it. Choosing Your Weakness When choosing the weakness you are going to use for your interview, pick something work-related and fixable. Make sure that it's not something critical to the job, but that it is something germane to the job. Your goal is to present a genuine weakness that does not damage your potential for the position. Answer Examples "English is my second language. I read and write well, but I want to be more comfortable with idiomatic English. I'm taking an English as Second Language course at the community college." " I don't always delegate as much as I should, because I always want to do everything myself! I've come to see that delegating is important in order to work as a team and get everything done. Every shift on my last rotation, I made it a point to delegate more each day. It's still out of my comfort zone, but I'm improving daily." "I'm working on my time management skills. I'm learning to batch my tasks whenever possible, and to carry enough needed supplies with me. When I anticipate what my patients might need, I'm better prepared and save time." Rehearse Your Answer Rehearse out loud with another person until you feel comfortable with your delivery. Each time it should be a little bit different while still including all your talking points. Do not memorize your answer. Tip: Be prepared with two answers, as they may listen to your first answer and then say "That's great, thank you! Now can you tell us about another weakness?" Good luck! I think you got this! Best wishes, Nurse Beth Related articles: How to Prepare for Your Inteview How To Answer The Most Common Nursing Interview Questions Why You Need an Elevator Speech Uncensored Thoughts of a Nurse Interviewer Job Interview: What are your strengths and weaknesses? For answers to more of your career questions, be sure to visit the Ask Nurse Beth Advice Column.
  2. Tell Me About Yourself Preparing for the "Tell me about yourself" question is critical to the success of your interview. But it's such a broad question that it's hard to know where to start. It's important to be focused and purposeful in your response. Everything you choose to say should be planned and have a purpose. Answer Purposefully It's probably not relevant to landing a nursing position in the ED that Valentine's Day is your favorite holiday, or who your favorite band is. So how do you decide what to say? You have your whole lifetime to pick from, so how do you narrow it down? Think back to a time when you were on a first date with someone who you knew you wanted a second date with. You shared things about yourself designed to further attract this person, right? So you already have experience in selectively choosing what to share about yourself. It's the same in an interview. Identify the traits and characteristics they are looking for in a candidate. For example, one thing every employer looks for is trustworthiness. Read the job description, and then read their mission statement to understand the kind of employees they are looking for. Look for keywords. You may very well be a perfect fit for the organization and share the same values, but if you don't tell them, they will never know Talk in Stories Superlative words are soon forgotten, but stories are remembered. Rather than saying " I'm a very loyal person", say "Once I commit to something, there's something in me that makes me see it through. Two summers ago, I planned to go on a mission trip to Mexico as a Youth Group Leader. I knew most of the teens in the group and we had been planning this trip all year. They were so excited! At the last minute, a close friend of mine invited me to go on a Caribbean cruise with her and her family at the same time. I really wanted to go with them, but there was no way I could back out and let the kids down. I went to Mexico and have no regrets." See what you remember from this article a week from now. You may not remember anything else, but you probably will recall the story of the Mission trip to Mexico. Present-Past-Future Model One way to organize your thoughts is to use the Present-Past-Future model. Present: Tell them where you are now in your job or school situation Past: Tell them about your previous work placement Future: Tell them you hope to be employed by them Here's an example of how to answer "Tell me about yourself:" Here the applicant started in the present, segued to the past and ended optimistically in the future. She/he also communicated (in code) "I am a leader, a people person, a self-starter, savvy (I understand about pt satisfaction), and loyal"...right? That's how to answer "Tell us About Yourself", friend! Hope this helps you nail your next interview. Related Articles: How to Prepare for Your Interview Uncensored Thoughts of a Nurse Interviewer
  3. Midlife and Mid-career can be an exciting time for nurses. You know your skills, values, and worth. You have experience that goes beyond the bedside and you are ready to use it for a new employer. But, do they value the skills you have? Can their budget support the dollar amount you have in your head as you interview for new opportunities? Job search and interviewing can feel a bit different when you are in the midlife years. The hiring manager may be younger than you expected. The company may have a mission, vision, or values that are different than your own. How do you prepare for these situations? Let's explore 8 ways to prepare for interviews for the mid-career nurse: 1. Identify Your Priorities Before you ever begin the job search, know what you want in a new job opportunity. If weekends and night shifts no longer work for your family, mind, or body, don't entertain jobs with those responsibilities. Know what you are looking for and where your areas of flexibility lie. This will help you communicate honestly during the interview. Create your resume to reflect your skills and priorities for your next nursing adventure. 2. Do Your Homework Research the company. Understand what they do and how you can fit into their mission, vision, and values. Study the job posting and know the core responsibilities. Consider how your skills will help you meet the job duties. Even if your skills are not an exact fit, show your flexibility and willingness to learn by understanding the business even before they offer you the job. 3. Practice the Hard Questions Why are you looking for a new opportunity? Do you really want to make this big of a career change? When will you retire? Consider hard questions before you sit down in front of the interviewer. Have an idea of how you will answer these questions to showcase your skills, experience, and goals for the future. 4. Prepare Your Own Questions Interviews are a great opportunity for you to find out if the company is the right fit for you. Be sure to ask questions. Prepare 2-5 questions to take with you. During the interview, take notes and write down other questions as they come to your mind. Ask some tough questions of the hiring manager. Some possible questions for you to ask are below: Do you feel I am a good fit for this job? How do you think I would fit in with the other people in this department? What is the culture of the company, department, or unit? What career growth and development opportunities will be available to me? 5. Consider the Age of the Hiring Manager If you are in the mid-career years, you are probably in the mid-life years too! This means, there is a good chance the hiring manager will be younger than you. Younger managers value innovation, technology, and problem-solving. Be ready to answer questions about your computer skills and innovative approaches to workplace problems. 6. Prepare Your Resume Many people believe that showing up with a resume that shows what you were doing 30 years ago is irrelevant. This is simply not true. While you don't have to put every job ever held on your resume, you also don't want to ignore an entire decade of your work. Write a paragraph to summarize your job experiences that are older than 15 years. Focus on your skills and successes. You have probably been through acquisitions, multiple management styles, and business changes. Capitalize on these experiences and how they have contributed to your success as a nurse. 7. Consider Your Age an Asset Many people feel that having a little age and experience can be a liability when entering a job interview. Don't place biases on others before you have ever met them. Be sure to discuss your energy and ability to stay current with trends and technologies. Discuss how your experiences add value to your job performance. Age can equate to wisdom and others may appreciate what you bring to the table. 8. SoMe If this acronym confused you, you may need to do a little research before you start interviewing. Social Media (SoMe) is a huge part of getting hired and being successful at interviews these days. You need to be on LinkedIn and understand the basics of your profile, InMail and messaging. Recruiters and hiring managers love LinkedIn. It can be a valuable place to find new job opportunities too. Understanding the basics of LinkedIn and having a profile shows that you are in touch with the high tech times of today. Age and experience bring wisdom. Be yourself because you are great! Are you a midlife nurse looking for new opportunities? Have you been to a job interview lately and were surprised by the questions, feel of the interview, or how you felt afterwards? Share your story in the comments, we would love to hear about your experiences.
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    Nursing Interview Questions (Part 2)

    This article is the second part of a two-part essay on how to answer common nursing interview questions. The interview process can stir up deep feelings of nervousness and anxiety because most candidates truly want to be considered for the job opening, and in many instances, this is the one opportunity to bestow a positive first impression upon the interviewer. The interview process is also stressful due to other issues such as economic forces combined with the knowledge that you might be competing with masses of other applicants for that single open position. In other words, it is important to get it right the first time without fumbling. Here are some more common nursing interview questions: Tell us about an idea or suggestion that you made. Was it implemented? Your answer will give the interviewer an abbreviated idea about your ability to think outside the box. Personally, I have been asked this question at various interviews. The last time I was asked this question, I told the interviewer about my suggestion that day shift nurses update the care plans for patients in odd-numbered rooms while night shift nurses update plans of care for the patients in even-numbered rooms. This suggestion was to help ensure that all care plans be updated consistently at my current place of employment. What do you enjoy the most about nursing? If you are interviewing for a bedside nursing position, the interviewer most likely wants to hear about your passion for helping patients or your eagerness for lifelong learning. I would not mention anything about entering the nursing profession for the money, flexibility, or benefit package. Describe your greatest weakness. Your answer will give the interviewer an idea about your propensity for honest introspection and self-reflection. Some candidates, in an attempt to conjure up brownie points, will say "I work too hard!" However, astute interviewers are able to catch on and might be turned off by people who use this catch-all response. You will want to describe a weakness or personal fault that could be a potential advantage in the workplace. For example, some candidates would say that they are so detail-oriented that they sometimes miss the big picture. Although occasionally missing the big picture is a personal fault, attention to detail is often seen as a keen advantage in situations when patients' lives are at stake. In other words, place a positive spin on your greatest weakness. So, where do you see yourself in five years? If possible, attempt to connect your long-term career goals with the company. If you are interviewing for a job opening as a medication nurse at a psychiatric facility, you may want to mention that you hope to attain professional certification as a psychiatric nurse in five years. The candidate who is educated at the LPN, diploma, or associates degree level might mention that they will be a BSN degree holder in five years. I had previously written How To Answer The Most Common Nursing Interview Questions which describes suggestions on how to respond to some of the most common nursing interview questions that a candidate might receive. Also, please read 10 Toughest Nursing Interview Questions (Part 3) for additional resources. Further information on Job Interview Questions (added to help our readers) nursing-interview-questions-part-two (1).pdf