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How to Prepare for a Job Interview Part II

You wake up in the morning and your stomach is feeling queasy, you tossed and turned all night and you watch the clock like it’s the finale of American Idol. Either it’s the day of a job interview or you ate too many enchiladas the night before. As an vocational nursing student, finding a job is the apex of all the hard work and dedication put into studying for countless months. Now is not the time to relax! has a great article on how to prepare the day of a job interview. Here are a few tips to make the most of this opportunity.

1) Make a great first impression. – “Studies have shown that managers often make hiring decisions within 30 seconds of meeting a candidate. It’s that initial impression that stands out in the interviewer’s mind when they are evaluating you vs. another candidate. This is why dress, grooming, a clear speaking voice and a winning smile are important.”

2) Dress for Success – Ask other nurses what is appropriate for a job interview at a certain location. Different jobs at different hospitals tend to have varying standards. It’s better to be overdressed than too relaxed. Be clean, wrinkle free and polished. “Dressing in neat, professional clothes shows respect for the facility and your nursing career.”

3) Allow plenty of time to get to the interview. – Nothing is worse than arriving late and appearing frazzled. Being early shows your dedication and professionalism. Also, allow time for the unexpected accident, wardrobe malfunction or traffic detour.

4) Listen carefully – Several questions are going to be asked of you. Take a deep breath, carefully listen to what the interviewer is asking and be thorough with your answers without rambling.

5) Ask thoughtful questions. – Inevitably, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Be sure to study up on the hospital ahead of time so you can ask insightful questions. “It is also helpful to ask the hiring manager what skills they think are most important to succeed at this job, and then be sure to point out how you have demonstrated those skills in previous situations.”

For vocational nursing students in the San Francisco Bay Area, the interview process can be nerve wracking and stressful, but this is your time to shine! Be confident in your skills and be willing to show that you want to learn. A great job is waiting for you!

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview Part I

We’ve all been to a job interview: we’ve had the sweaty palms, uncontrollable jitters and painted on a smile that borderlines on desperation and fear. Interviews are no fun and seem to bring to mind every insecurity and flaw that we so carefully try to hide. Now that you’ve decided on a career to pursue, it’s almost time to shine those shoes and get your smile whitened.

For nursing students in an RN program, it helps to have a few tips to get you through this nerve wracking experience. has a great article to help you prepare for an interview. Here are a few tips that you just might want to consider:

1) “Create a professional résumé that profiles important coursework, clinical experience and any early nursing career highlights. List your job positions or clinical rotations, key responsibilities, accomplishments, rewards, recognition, credentials, licensing and education. Ask your nursing advisor or other mentor to review your résumé for content, grammar, format and overall effectiveness. (For tips on preparing your nursing résumé, read more.) Print out multiple copies of your résumé and keep them in a folder with your other documents.”

2) “Make a list and check off all of your credentials, immunization and identification documents. Make sure to include your nursing license, notice of passing board scores (if you have it), BCLS/ACLS card, additional certificates from any advanced training programs, driver’s license, immunization record and social security number. Bring the original documents and two or three copies of each to give to the human resources department and the hiring/interviewing manager.

3) “Bring a current copy of your nursing skills checklist(s) for any departments where you have worked. Be thorough but don’t exaggerate your abilities; these lists demonstrate your clinical competencies and can help employers match you to the right job and training situation to begin your nursing career. If you are working with a staffing company, they can normally provide you with skills checklists that can be completed for your nursing interview.

4) “Have at least two copies of your references available—one to leave with the human resources representative and the other for the hiring manager. Verify and update the names, titles, facility designations, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of clinic managers, nursing faculty and personal references. (If you have reference letters, bring them along. Most employers use them as supplemental material, not as a substitute for references.)

5) “Anticipate being asked for permission to conduct a criminal background investigation. The permission form may require you to list all of your prior addresses for the past five to seven years, so keep this information with you.”

6) Anticipate what questions you might be asked and work on the answers. Ask nursing friends about their interviews and learn from their experiences.

With confidence, organization and a strong resume, finding a job that suits you should be achievable. For RN students in the San Francisco Bay Area, invest your time in researching the hospitals and clinics in your area so you can apply to the right employer for you.

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