5 things to keep in mind during your next nursing job interview

When it comes to preparing for a career in nursing, time management and developing clinical skills can often be at the front of your mind, and for good reason. Becoming proficient at what you do is critical for long-term success. Unfortunately, however, some young nurses or students may overlook less obvious skills, and when it comes to job interviews, knowing how to answer questions effectively can be just as important as a polished resume. 

That doesn't mean a potential interview has to be a daunting or stressful moment. These meetings are an opportunity to show off what you know as well as flex your muscles when it comes to professionalism and being personable. After you fill out your next job application, review these helpful tips to prepare for the next step.

1. Study up
Any good applicant will spend some time researching a company's history and mission ahead of an interview, and the field of nursing is no exception. According to Nurse Zone, preparing your own credentials and paperwork is only half the battle when it comes to getting ready to meet a potential employer, and learning more about the organization is critical for standing out.

"Learning more about the organization is critical for standing out."

In this way, you can answer questions as they specifically pertain to the provider or care center where you are applying. Likewise, it is always a good idea to ask questions. A job interview is an opportunity for you to learn more, and by studying up a head of time, you can be sure to make targeted inquiries.

This will help you learn more about the organization and how it operates, and can also be a chance for you to learn more about the industry overall. If you have limited experience or are fresh out of school, there is a tremendous amount to understand beyond patient treatment, and job interviews or exploratory meetings are a way to gather new information.

2. Practice, practice, practice
Going into a job interview without having prepared a few statements is unwise. Not only can practicing help you work through any anxiety or jitters, but it can also be a way to remind yourself of where you are proficient and what areas you may need to work on. 

3. Start with a smile
A strong first impression is a good way to start off an interview on a high note. Be sure to give a firm handshake and greet anyone you meet with a friendly hello and a smile. Your resume and answers are important factors in your candidacy for a new job, but a warm salutation could make you a more memorable candidate.

A warm greeting and inviting smile are critical in an interview setting.A warm greeting and inviting smile are critical in an interview setting.

4. Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself
Sometimes young people may not be aggressive enough in job interviews, and because your experience and background may be limited, it is important to find ways to highlight your strengths and accomplishments. Communicating confidence in your skills and your ability to speak strongly and openly will show that you would be a good fit for the facility. According to Digital Doorway, looking for ways to incorporate this sort of information in questions that are more broad or open-ended is a smart tactic. 

5. Keep things in perspective
The process of finding a job can be daunting and arduous, and it is important to keep in mind that a mediocre interview or rejection is all part of the journey. Some candidates go on dozens of interviews before they land a job, even if they are highly qualified. There are likely many young nurses in your community, and just because you didn't land the gig that you wanted does not mean you are not a worthy applicant. 

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