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Interview Tips

Be Prepared

  • Research the organization and visit the company’s Web site. Has the company been in the news lately? What are their strengths? What is the mission statement?
  • Prepare a list of questions. Practice asking them. Examples:

    • What are the hours/shifts/rotation?
    • What are the expectations of me?
    • Do you have a career ladder?
    • What are my opportunities for growth?
    • Will there be weekend requirements?
  • Review common interview questions.  Think of answers.  Be prepared to talk about your strengths, weaknesses, and career goals.  Think of good examples from your schooling/career that you can use to paint a picture for the interviewer.

Suburban Hospital Nurse Interview- Mary Jane Apolonio, RN

We interviewed a few nurses in the hospital to get their take on what it's like to be a nurse at Suburban Hospital. Mary Jane Apolonio, RN is a nurse in Suburban's Outcomes Management Department.

Be on Time

  • If possible, make a trial run to the interview site at the same time of day as your scheduled interview.
  • Make sure you have directions to your interview location.
  • If taking public transportation, give yourself plenty of time in case of delays.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Ask where to park.

Be Your Best

  • Go to your interview alone. Do not take children or friends.
  • Greet the employer with a firm handshake and say your name clearly.
  • Dress professionally! You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Listen! Pay attention when the interviewer is speaking. Ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused. It is okay to take a minute to think about your answer.
  • Answer questions as directly as possible.
  • If you have worked before, talk about your work history and experiences.
  • Use specific examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.
  • Bring your "fact sheet" of contact information for your references and former employers. Having that information readily available will you complete an employment application.
  • Be enthusiastic and positive. Remember: a great resume may get you in the door, but it is your personality that keeps you there.

Common Reasons a Candidate is Not Hired

  • Untidy personal appearance;
  • Inability to express information clearly;
  • Lack of genuine interest or enthusiasm;
  • Negative attitude;
  • Lack of eye contact;
  • Incomplete or sloppy application; and/or
  • Arriving late for the interview.

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