How to Prepare for the Interview (Nursing)

by Amber Vanderburg

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    00:00 Congratulations! You have made it to the interview stage of the hiring process.

    00:07 You have scheduled your interview and are ready to meet with the hiring manager.

    00:12 Before you enter the interview, here are a few critical ways that you can prepare for a higher likelihood of interview success.

    00:22 First, you should research the company and the job.

    00:26 Now, ideally, you should have done this before you applied for the job.

    00:31 However, I want you to go back on the company website, research the manager, research the unit, and read the job description again, review the company mission and values.

    00:45 This will also likely be directly referenced in the interview.

    00:51 And if you can proactively include these values and mission in your responses, you are showing intentionality and value alignment, then read the job description again.

    01:05 I repeat, read the job description again.

    01:11 Most recruiters and hiring managers will have a copy of the job description in the interview.

    01:20 This is a cheat sheet to the specific qualities they are looking for in the interview process.

    01:28 When you are reviewing a job, I want you to make a short list of the skills, transferable skills and values that you would like to highlight in your interview.

    01:41 Perhaps the job description reads a requirement about positive patient care and customer service.

    01:48 You may have a strong customer service background and want to highlight this as a value proposition in your interview.

    01:58 Identify skills, transferable skills and values directly related to the job description.

    02:07 Second, you should prepare 5-6 stories you can share with in your interview.

    02:14 Later in this course, I will share with you specific types of stories and how to format your responses.

    02:22 For now, I want you to add this to your checklist.

    02:26 Stories, also planned time not only to identify a story, but also time to practice telling the story out loud.

    02:39 These stories should be about 3-7 minutes in length.

    02:44 If you have a 15-minute story of a challenging situation that is too long.

    02:51 I want you to identify the situation, how you responded and the result of your actions and response.

    02:59 Practice in front of a mirror, to a friend or by yourself.

    03:03 In any case, do not let the first time you tell the story out loud be to the interviewer.

    03:11 Plan time to identify and practice a story.

    03:16 Next, I want you to prepare questions to ask in the interview.

    03:21 Identify questions about the culture, continuing education, operations and logistics.

    03:28 The interviewer is going to ask if you have questions.

    03:32 So be prepared with thoughtful planned out questions that can offer continued conversation and insight.

    03:41 Also, I want you to prepare a resume.

    03:44 I know.

    03:45 Doesn't the recruiter already have a resume for my application? Probably.

    03:51 But bringing a resume is a another way to show preparedness, intentionality and organization.

    04:01 You could include any samples of work like research on a job related topic, recommendations or job skills related community projects.

    04:11 Prepare at least 3 resumes in case of a panel style interview.

    04:17 If you have an online interview, you can also send a hyperlink to your resume.

    04:24 Lastly, if you are meeting in person for your interview, I want you to plan time to prepare for travel, finding parking and any delays.

    04:37 I generally recommend visiting the campus prior to the interview if you have never been to the campus before.

    04:46 Prepare for your interview by proactively planning for the logistics of your interview.

    04:53 Preparation can help to boost confidence, clarity and conversation flow in your interview.

    05:00 So, here's what I want you to do.

    05:04 I want you to prepare by researching the company and job description.

    05:09 Practicing 5-6 stories about 3-7 minutes in length, identifying 3-4 questions for the interviewer.

    05:20 Printing out resumes and planning interview day logistics.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture How to Prepare for the Interview (Nursing) by Amber Vanderburg is from the course Transition to Nursing Practice.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Research the organization and the specific role for which they are interviewing.
    2. Call the organization and thank them for the interview.
    3. Attend mock interview workshops.
    4. Print off copies of their resume to bring to the interview.
    1. By highlighting the skills they possess that are featured in the description.
    2. Reading it out during the interview and endorsing their satisfaction with the description.
    3. By referencing the salary and benefits mentioned in the job description.
    4. By telling the interviewer which aspects of the job description they were most drawn to.
    1. Five to six situational-based stories, each three to five minutes long.
    2. One to two skills-based stories, each ten to fifteen minutes long.
    3. Three to four situational-based stories, each one to two minutes long.
    4. Seven to eight skills-based stories, each five to ten minutes long.

    Author of lecture How to Prepare for the Interview (Nursing)

     Amber Vanderburg

    Amber Vanderburg

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