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April 2010, Volume 40 Number 4 , p 52 - 54


  • Linda S. Smith DSN, MS, RN, CLNC


A NEW AND CHALLENGING nursing position posted on a local hospital's website has caught your eye. Because it sounds like your dream job, you applied. Now you've been invited to an on-site interview, followed by a team interview with potential colleagues.To present yourself positively and improve your chances of landing the position, take time beforehand to prepare for the interview and the questions you're likely to be asked. This article will explain how.First, conduct careful research about the position and facility using sources such as the facility's website, its library, and employees you know. Then learn all you can about the interviewers.A team interview may take place in addition to a one-on-one interview with the manager or supervisor. Team evaluations are especially important when a candidate might become an integral member of an established work group.Consider how your skills and strengths will complement the work team and unit. What's the impression you want to give? What do you want them to know about you and your work habits? How will your skills and talents meet the employer's needs?Also consider which of your skills can benefit the mission of the facility.1 For example, if the facility's mission includes community outreach for expectant parents, mention your certification as a lactation consultant and your willingness to teach outreach classes. Expect to ask some questions at the interview. (See Be prepared with your own questions.)One great way to prepare for an interview is to briefly list your demonstrated problem-solving skills, relevant experiences, work ethic, team collaboration, and professional commitment to quality nursing. Show these skills through brief anecdotes, items from your portfolio, professional references, evaluations, or skill measures, such as certifications and performance reviews.If possible, ask a trusted friend to perform a mock interview with you, asking sample questions you're likely to be asked

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