- 1). Research the hospital and unit you're applying to on the Internet. You want to look for information about the types of patients you'll be treating, the hospital's mission and values and the hospital's strategic outlook.
- 2). Search for information about the financial stability of the hospital to gauge whether the position offers security and room for growth. Try third-party news sources if you can't find information on the hospital's website.
- 3). Review your notes from nursing school. Focus your attention on the unit's area of practice, such as oncology, cardiology or pediatrics. Your interviewer may give you treatment scenarios and ask what you would do in each situation. Try to think from an applied perspective while studying. If a patient on your watch looked unusually pale, what would you do first, second and so on?
- 4). Prepare for questions about your qualifications. For example, if the job posting asked for experience working with dialysis patients but you've never worked in a dialysis unit before, you'd need to talk about times when you visited the dialysis ward off shift or shadowed a dialysis nurse during one of your college field placements. If you don't have the sought-after skills, develop an answer that's honest and emphasizes your eagerness to learn.
- 5). Articulate your career goals out loud to yourself. The recruiter might ask you why you're interested in the position or how the job fits into your long-term career plans. Describing your path forces you to think about your direction as a nurse and helps you answer these questions clearly.
- 6). Think of some questions to ask the interviewer. The career website Monster recommends asking about training, such as length of new hire orientation, mentorship opportunities and funding for continuing education; work conditions, such as shift length, nurse-to-patient ratio and on-call responsibilities; and management, such as motivation tactics, professional autonomy, performance evaluation practices and plans for growth.
- 7). Set out your interview outfit and supplies the night before. Have a sheet of references, a pen and notebook, a copy of your credentials and two copies of your resume -- one for you, and one in case the interviewer forgets to print a copy of his own. Because nurses need to communicate professionalism and reliability through their dress, a conservative interview outfit works best. Go with dress pants or a pressed skirt, a jacked and low-heeled, closed-toe shoes.
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