Be prepared for your nursing interview — and land the job of your dreams — by keeping in mind these five do’s and don’ts.
You’ve got your nursing degree in hand, and now it’s time to find a J-O-B. Trying to find a nursing position — either a first job or a new opportunity — is exhilarating, but it can also be stressful, sometimes feeling like its own full-time job. Whether you found your next potential job on relode.com or some other avenue, it’s time to ensure that you land this opportunity. What’s the best thing you can do? Be ready for your interview. Here are five nursing interview do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to ensure you slay your nursing interview!
1. DO your homework on the employer
Before you step foot into the interview room, do your due diligence in self-assessment and career planning. Be sure that your career goals and interests align with the job for which you are interviewing and know whether this position will offer what you need from it as well. Think things like work-life balance, career growth, etc. If it’s a fit, great! If it’s not, don’t waste your time or anyone else’s.
2. DO review your resume.
This may seem silly. I mean, it is your resume after all. It’s your work history and experience. However, identify one or two items on your resume that are most related to the job for which you are interviewing, and re-familiarize yourself with those experiences so that you’re able to clearly and eloquently discuss them should the opportunity present itself.
3. DO take your time.
Be completely attentive to the question being asked, and if you need to take a beat to digest what was asked in order to formulate your answer, do so. Taking the time to compose a thoughtful, relevant response to the question will be appreciated versus just blurting out a response because you couldn’t stand the silence.
4. DON’T be vague.
When you’re asked a question that requires you provide specific examples of relevant experience, provide just that — specific examples. Offer a clear picture of the role you played in that scenario so that your potential employer has a solid and clear understanding. Anyone can be vague — set yourself apart by leaving the interviewer with a positive, on-point image of you that they will remember.
5. DO research potential questions, and practice your responses.
Do a simple online search for “nursing interview questions,” and you’ll find a bevy of potential questions you can expect in your interview. Consider that your cheat sheet, and use it to your advantage by doing some role-playing. Role-playing is an excellent way to practice your responses to potential questions so that you feel prepared for your interview. There will always be questions that aren’t part of the standard playbook, so to speak, but if you can feel prepared for a few of the expected questions, that will give you the confidence you need to reply with ease to the questions you aren’t expecting.
No matter what, get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, wear something that makes you feel good and go knock ‘em dead! You’re going to do great!
Matt Tant is the founder and CEO or relode.com, an online community marketplace that allows healthcare employers to save money on recruiting costs by paying healthcare professionals for candidate referrals. Learn more at relode.com.
This past weekend, some of our employees here at UA had the privilege and opportunity to participate in the I Cure I Care 5K Run/Walk. I Care I Cure is based out of Davie in South Florida and was founded by Beth and Brad Besner, in honor of their son, Ian Besner who was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). After four months of intensive and excruciating chemotherapy, Ian, unfortunately, passed away. The Besners established the I Care I Cure foundation after their devastating loss to honor their son’s life and help others by raising awareness of targeted therapies and milder cures to childhood cancer that would be easier for children to endure.
This was the 10th anniversary of the I Care I Cure 5K Run and the event is a major contributor of I Care I Cure’s ability to have funded over $1.5 million in research projects. We were thrilled to be able to attend the event and give back to this amazing organization, our Chief Human Resources Officer, Corey Heller was one of the participants and said this about the 5K:
“Uniform Advantage is committed to supporting philanthropic organizations that are aligned with our mission and we took great pleasure in participating in this past weekend’s I Care I Cure 5K. We provide high-quality apparel to the medical industry and to the researchers that are discovering less toxic treatments for childhood cancer. We are honored to be affiliated with this outstanding foundation and look forward to participating in years to come.”
2017 is our fifth year being a sponsor of the I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation. Being a uniforms and medical scrubs supplier in the healthcare industry, we understand and support the Besners and their foundation’s mission to raise awareness of the growing need for gentler, more tolerable treatments for children with this life-altering disease. Along with participating in these events, we design scrub tops specifically for the I Care I Cure Foundation, donating $1 to the organization for each scrub top sold. Over the past 5 years, we’ve donated more than $11.050 to the foundation.
To find out what you can do to help support the fight against childhood cancer, raise awareness for better childhood cancer treatments, as well as, learn more about I Care I Cure, please visit www.icareicure.org.
Spring brings a new mood, one that is lighter and brighter. It is time to take off a layer or two and match your mood to your wardrobe. Enjoy bold new hues and spring prints from classic florals to fun, festive prints. Explore our hand-picked looks inspired by Spring!
1. Floral prints are a spring staple in any wardrobe. Brighten up your scrubs with these zesty orange pieces. The flowers will be blooming and so will your style.
2. Here is another classic floral print in zen berry burst, a perfect purple hue inspired by orchids. This outfit can be paired with so many accessories from popping purples to sea foam greens.
3. The weather will be getting warmer and beach days will be here before you know it. This look will have you daydreaming of the sunshine, swimming in the sea, and salty air.
4. This last outfit inspiration has the perfect scrub tops to keep your wardrobe festive and fun throughout the Spring Holiday season.