Hey all! I'm new to the site and will be graduating in 4 weeks - a new RN! I am a non-traditional student who has been in school for the past 5 1/2 years so I have not had a job while attending college FT. Though I have never been turned down for a position once I have gotten an interview, I have heard that nursing interviews are different. I have a mock interview and will have my new resume ready in about 3 weeks for my last clinical instructor, but I am curious now.
Question #1: How does nursing interviews differ from other interviews in the medical field?
Question #2: Any suggestions or tips for a new graduate (i.e. how to survive the first year)?
Thank you in advance for your words of advice!
Last edited by Tuesday17; 02-23-2012 at 11:56 AM.
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Listen. Pay attention and learn from everyone: your preceptor, your aides, the respiratory therapists, lab techs, etc - Don't be afraid to ask questions / clarify / ask for help. Do not pretend you know something if you don't, (although act confident in front of the pt, it helps to keep them calm). Good luck!!
I am not sure what one means by Nursing interviews are different. The person they are interviewing is going to have a lot of responsibility. It is a job that requires dealing with people, and also doing procedures that are invasive to a patient's body. This is different from say a service job, where you are dealing with thangs.
The interviewer is going to be asking questions centered around one's character and judgement. For an entry-level individual, the questions are going to be addressing your commitment and your willingness to do the job, your honesty/integrity, and even your attendance would also be a concern. How would you handle yourself if you were to make a mistake? Can you describe a time when you made a mistake? Can you demonstrate what steps you would take in addressing a mistake.
How do you handle disagreements with co-workers, and constructive criticism? How do you handle stress, or stressful situations? Do enjoy chatting with people, or are you shy? What are your goals for your nursing career? Are you planning on staying in this position for a certain length of time? I hope this gives you some idea.