3 Interview Mistakes All New Nurses Should Avoid

June 7, 2013 in Nursing TIps

New Nursing Graduates

One of the many benefits of entering the nursing field is that there are a variety of types of nurses, which means a variety of suitable job openings at any number of medical facilities. Of course it still takes effort to actually snag the job. Successfully handling the interview is the most crucial part of the process and performing well is usually enough to seal the deal.

It is human nature to make mistakes but the interview should be one of the last places where this should occur. The best way to avoid this snafu is by learning from other people’s mistakes. Luckily, the Internet is full of sites that contain well documented information related to this very subject.

New nurses in particular can learn a lot by taking note of the following common interview mistakes:

Not Knowing When to Zip It

Ever been subjected to someone who talked too much? It’s not much fun, is it? Imagine what this is like for an interviewer. As a new nurse looking for work, you only have an allotted amount of time during the interview and the last thing you want to do is waste it by talking too much.

The ability to talk about oneself isn’t easy for a lot of people to do but if you were born with the gift of gab (or can’t help but blabber when you’re nervous), it’s important to learn how to control this impulse. Depending on the flow of the conversation, answers to any questions should be brief. If more detail is needed, figure out how to say that needs to be said without becoming long winded.

When interviewers are faced with someone that talks too much, it gives them the impression that the candidate isn’t very organized, might be talking to avoid certain questions or could simply be annoying. These are all things you never want the interviewer to feel.

Asking Basic Questions

During an interview, candidates are encouraged to ask questions. What’s worse than not taking advantage of this opportunity? Asking questions whose answers can be easily found online or elsewhere. The questions new nurses ask during the interview should be of substance and related directly to the job position.

Asking the wrong kinds of questions is off-putting to interviewers. It makes the candidate appear lazy or–even worse–uninterested in the job. Make a list of questions you have and go about getting answers prior to the interview. Still have inquiries you haven’t been able to track down the answers to? Then those are the questions that should follow you into the interview.

Having Unrealistic Expectations

Graduating from nursing school is a huge accomplishment. Because of this it is easy to see how new graduates could suffer from a big ego. Unfortunately, bringing this sense of entitlement to a job interview is the biggest mistake one could make. Stating what shifts you will and will not take, salary demands and other high expectations are a surefire way to not get that first nursing job out of school.

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