I frequently get requests from student groups on my unit to come talk to them about what they can do to stand out and get their first job. I am happy to do what I can and come discuss it with them, but unfortunately this is a tough time for new grads.
What I tell them is; you are now professional nurses, so now is the time to act professionals. What I mean is, this isn’t an interview for server job at the local chain restaurant, this is the first job in your new career. So play the part.
My suggestions are:
- Polish up your resume. It’s the first thing that the interviewer will see and if it doesn’t look good, you’ll never get an interview.
- When you get an interview, show up on time. If you can’t show up for the interview on time, it shows me that you can’t show up to work on time either.
- Dress like a professional. Don’t show up in jeans, shorts, flip-flops or any other casual attire. A professional appears shows a professional attitude.
- Turn off your cell phone. And if you forget and it rings during your interview, don’t answer it.
- After the interview thank the interviewer for their time. I am not one that feels a thank you card is necessary, but the card or even an email will keep your name fresh in my mind.
- Follow up….but don’t be a pest.
Although some of these like common things to do…..I have seen all of these things in various interviews. I always amazed at what applicants will wear or say at an interview and think it is perfectly acceptable.
Hang on while I take this call!