Here on episode 59 of The Nurse Keith Show, we’re discussing
nursing job interview tips!
Nurses, when you’re sitting in a job interview for a nursing position you think you really want, are you able to clearly and confidently articulate your value to your prospective employer?
- Dress for success
- Know where to go
- Be on time
- Smile, make eye contact, and shake hands
- Be aware of body language
- Take your time
- Be prepared
- Bring the essentials
- Follow up
While these tips are still salient and need your attention, there’s plenty more to nursing job interview mastery.
When you’re a nurse out in the employment marketplace, your job is to learn how to verbalize your value, elucidate your experience, and highlight the nursing skills and expertise that make you who you are as a healthcare professional. For many nurses, this is difficult to do, and it’s something worth learning as you move forward in your career.
It’s Not Bragging or Boasting
Some nurses have remarked to me that they have a difficult time talking about their strengths because it feels self-centered and egocentric. Nurses are doers; they don’t like to brag about what they can do, they just like to get it done. However, when you’re trying to “sell” yourself as a viable candidate in the competitive healthcare job marketplace, it’s essential to be able to paint a picture of what makes you tick and what makes you special.
Highlight Your Value
As a nurse, you are a valuable commodity for a potential employer; whether you’re a researcher, clinician, or educator, you have something to contribute to a workplace, and your ability to describe what you bring to the table is what you need to do when you’re in search of a new position.
When you’re writing a cover letter, tweaking your resume, editing your LinkedIn profile (you have an awesome and complete LinkedIn profile, right?), or preparing for an important job interview, consider the keywords that illustrate your successes, accomplishments, and contributions throughout your career. If you’re a clinician, your technical skills related to patient care are crucial to underscore, as are skills related to communication, collaboration, and other aspects of the nursing process.
You need to clearly, articulately, and unapologetically describe what makes you special, and how you will add value to any workplace that’s lucky enough to have you. This isn’t easy for many of us, but it’s absolutely essential to play a full hand when speaking of your value.
Own Your Greatness
You obviously don’t want to walk into a job interview with the swagger of an egomaniac, but there is an aspect of building your career that translates to owning your greatness in no uncertain terms. Candidates who appear wishy-washy, complacent, or lacking in self-confidence don’t make the strongest impression.
Of course, you’re not going to stroll in nonchalantly, sit back in your chair, put your feet up on the table, and put your hands behind your head like a corporate CEO on a TV show; rather, you can own your nursing awesomeness by being confident, forthright, and clear-headed in how you describe yourself.
Owning your greatness also means being willing and able to honestly describe your so-called weaknesses (a common interview question), but you can do so in a way that demonstrates personal insight and honest self-assessment.
So get out there, nurses, and find a way to elucidate your strengths and gifts with honesty, the right amount of personal pride, forthrightness, and clarity.
This episode of The Nurse Keith Show is sponsored by the good folks at American Sentinel University. As a fully accredited online university, American Sentinel offers a variety of courses related to healthcare and nursing, including RN to BSN, and five MSN programs: Informatics, Case Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, and Infection Prevention and Control. They offer an RN to BSN/MSN, a program, as well as two tracks for those wishing to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. American Sentinel also offers a certificate in Prevention and Control that assists clinicians in acquiring the knowledge they need to develop best practices for infection prevention and control. Please visit AmericanSentinel.edu/NurseKeith for more information.
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Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind NurseKeith.com and the well-known blog, Digital Doorway.
Keith is co-host of RNFMRadio.com, a wildly popular nursing podcast; he also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. Keith is also the resident nursing career expert at Nurse.com.
A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He has also contributed chapters to a number of books related to the nursing profession, and currently writes for MultiViews News Service, LPNtoBSNOnline.com, StaffGarden, and Working Nurse Magazine.
Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, online nurse personality, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known successful nurse entrepreneur. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely and talented wife, Mary Rives.