As with just about any other profession, you will be required to endure the interview process as part of becoming a nurse. In fact, the nursing interview can be one of the most stressful events of the hiring process. There are some common mistakes that many potential nurses make during the interview process. Luckily, these mistakes are easily avoidable.
Interview Mistakes Nurses Make
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
The most common mistake nurses make during the interview process is simply being unprepared. Doing little more than glancing at the job description and information about the healthcare facility could have a major impact on your candidacy. The interviewer could easily perceive your lack of preparation as a lack of interest in the position, thus eliminating you from consideration quickly.
Honesty is Still the Best Policy
Another mistake commonly made by nurses during interviews is appearing inauthentic. While it’s great to be excited about the potential opportunity, no one appreciates a phony attitude or impression. Like with nearly every aspect of life, honesty is the best policy. Being forthright and forthcoming during your interview can go a long way.
Look Me in the Eye
This may seem like an obvious statement, but failing to make eye contact is a critical mistake nurses make during interviews. Eye contact can convey and instill a sense of confidence, which is crucial during an interview for any job. Inconsistent or a complete lack of eye contact may lead the interviewer to believe that you aren’t taking the interview – or the job – seriously.
Pay Attention to Detail
Finally, be sure to pay attention to every aspect the nursing job entails. In the end, it’s always advised to trust your gut, so if financial terms, working environment, or scheduling generate doubt, it’s best to clear up these concerns before accepting or rejecting any potential offer. It’s important to enter into any job on the right foot. Nursing is no different.