OK, now that you’ve figured out where you want to work, you have to prepare for the interview. I’ve been on BOTH sides of this fence a couple times, once as a new grad and again when I was interviewing for my current position.
Before you accept the job, there are a few key questions you should ask any future employer. Questions like: How long is orientation? What does it entail? What if my preceptor and I aren’t a good match? What kind of continuing educational opportunities do you provide? (By this, I mean in-house classes and support for your future educational goals like a BSN or Master’s degree).
Never go into an interview without thoughtful questions about the program, unit, and institution. This shows you have done your research and really want to work at that specific hospital! Also, always keep a strength and a weakness tucked away for that classic question.
Remember, your weakness shouldn’t be “Oh, I get into fights with people at work.” It should be something that is fixable, honest, or really a weakness exploited. For example, one weakness might be “I get really passionate about patient care and sometimes have to take extra time making sure I communicate my thoughts in a constructive way.” The point is, be prepared with thoughtful questions and answers, take a copy of your resume and exude a positive outlook on your future career and workplace!
For more Career Advice for Nurses pick up the latest issue of Scrubs magazine, available at a retail store near you!