After all the hard work you have put into your resume, cover letter, and applications, you have now been selected for an interview. The key to success is preparation, which is why we have created this guide for you. As Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind”.
We recommend that when preparing for your interview that you have several of your own clinical experiences to share. You should be able to pull multiple examples from these situations and use them throughout your interview to highlight your answers. Think about a time you advocated for a patient, used effective communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and time management. When discussing your scenarios, don’t forget to use SBAR to communicate. You are a Nurse and this is how Nurse’s communicate a situation.
If you are in nursing school, keep a journal of your clinical situations. If you encounter a unique situation while at the hospital, come home and write it in your journal. When it comes time to interview, you now have examples to pull from.
One of the most basic questions often asked is, “tell us about yourself”. Your inclination might be to start listing off your academic career, journey through nursing school , and how you ended up in front of the panel, but that’s not really what they are asking. The question is designed to get the interviewee to open up about who they are, so that the interviewer can get a glimmer as to who they are.
I personally like it when candidate’s share their reason as to why they chose nursing in the first place. From there, share some insight as to how nursing school has shaped you into a successful healthcare professional. Provide some examples that showcase your teamwork capabilities, critical thinking, effective communication, and/or leadership. From there, it’s important to give the interviewer a little taste as to what your life is like outside of nursing. Do you enjoy traveling the world with your friends? Are you an avid mountain biker? Do you enjoy reading science fiction novels? Are you a yoga instructor? Who are you? This combined with your nursing introduction is a perfect blend of personal information that will create the perfect answer to, “tell me about yourself?”.