Co-Founder, Niche Jobs
Since we get asked by candidates for interview tips we thought we’d add some more. You may already have read our previous article on tips for nurses before interview? Well, this will equip you even more thoroughly
Research the hospital or care home, clinic, practice, health centre or employment agency.... whatever the organisation, make sure you find out about them, and the kind of healthcare programme and approach they take
Dress appropriately. As a nurse being interviewed for a job you’ll not be expected to wear a suit any more than you’ll be expected to turn up in scrubs. If in doubt, why not just ask what the dress code is. Whatever it is, follow it and be well presented
Courtesy goes a long way. Typical, cliched, little things do go a long way to create the right impression.... firm handshake, eye contact, wait to be offered before sitting down, don’t fidget, smile, be professional, let them talk
Listen to the question being asked and answer that one (as opposed to a question you’d rather answer!) Of course, you may have a wealth of nursing or healthcare experience. But they don’t want to hear all of it, just the part that relates to their question
Stay positive. That means keep your comments positive - don’t criticise your current employer, or the interviewer’s company.
Think about their job description and plan some examples around questions you’ll think they’ll ask. A good interviewer will ask you to give examples. For instance, if they want a Care Home Manager to have mental health experience, then they may ask “tell me about a time where your experience as an RMN has enabled you to carry out your job as a manager more efficiently”
If you feel you really like the sound of the job tell them. Don’t try to impress or flatter. But be truthful if you really feel this nursing job is a good fit for your skills and experience.
It’s all about answering questions. So single word answers (yes or no) are not good for creating a conversation or rapport. At the other extreme there’s nothing worse for the interviewer than listening to a candidate waffle on about all the hospitals they’ve worked in, how they’d reform healthcare and this and that and this and that.... No, keep your answers informed and don’t waffle!