What to Expect in a Group Interview
The challenge of any interview is to figure out specifically what kind of nurse the hospital is looking to hire. You should have an idea of the skills the position requires based on the job description and preliminary conversations with the organization. Are you applying for a managerial position? Or will you be part of a floor team? If you know what skills the specific nursing position requires of you, focus on emphasizing those traits in the group interview.
Follow Up After
Following up after the interview is especially important for group interviews. You want to do everything you can to set yourself apart from the crowd! Don’t forget to send a thank you note to every single person who interviewed you, so make sure you’ve got the right names and contact information of everyone you interviewed with. In the note, it might be a good idea to remind them of something specific you said that was memorable or impressive, so they can tie a face to your name.
Take it Easy
Still worried about the group interview? Don’t be — it sounds more daunting than it is! Just treat it with the same sense of precaution and preparedness you would a one-on-one interview. Employers are still looking for the most qualified nurses who best fit their organization. If you do your research, come prepared, look professional and answer the questions well, you’ve done all you can. If you don’t get the position, ask for feedback. Find out where you could have improved and learn from your mistakes. At the very least, the employer will be impressed with your request and they may just keep you in mind for the next position that opens up!