Congratulations to all long-term care nurse job candidates who have made it this far. Less than two percent of the people who send resumes are invited for interviews. But now is no time to become complacent. Now is the time to kick things into high gear, because your job search just moved to the next level.
If an employer wants to interview you, the employer is interested in you. The interview is your chance to seal the deal. To help you make the most of that opportunity, here are a few tips that have helped job seekers get over the top.
How to Dress for Your Long-Term Nurse Job Interview
A good rule of thumb is to dress one level higher than you’d normally dress for work. Most nurses wear scrubs to work. So, an open-collar shirt and suit for men, and a somewhat dressy pantsuit or skirt for women is probably a good idea. Be sure that you cover up any tattoos and do not wear eye-catching jewelry.
Remember that first impressions matter a lot in interviews. Also, you want the interviewer to focus on you and not your appearance. Remember those two rules and you should be fine.
For this part of your preparation, focus on the interviewer’s likely expectations. Nursing school is a very humbling experience for most people. So, if you are a new nurse, the interviewer probably expects humility. While it’s important to emphasize the fact that you have the requisite skills, it is also important to convey the image that you are willing to learn.
If you are a mid-career or older long-term nurse job candidate, the interviewer probably expects more confidence. You don’t want to appear over-the-top cocky, but do not be afraid to get very close to that line.
What to Do During Your Interview
Many people have seen these tips before. But it never hurts to be reminded of the basics. In the chaotic world of job searches, these basics often fall by the wayside. That’s not good. Just like in the job itself, success in the interview often hinges on fundamentals.
- Arrive Early: Get there about ten minutes early. That extra time gives you a chance to take a breath before going into the interview. An early arrival also demonstrates eagerness over the opportunity and respect for the interviewer’s time.
- Be Flexible: You should speak up frequently but not dominate the session. You want to be a confident nurse who’s part of the team. Executive interviews are sometimes all-day affairs with multiple individuals. Be sure you have plenty of energy.
- Remember Your Poise: Sit up straight and make eye contact. Also, pay attention to your language. When you ask or answer questions, avoid using trite phrases or buzzwords.
After the interview, a follow-up thank-you note is a good idea. It keeps you in mind, demonstrates a desire for the position. All these qualities are important.
Take the Next Step in Your Career
At Management Resource Solutions, Inc., we don’t just arrange interviews for long-term nurse jobs. We help you make the most of these opportunities. To move forward in your profession, contact us today and we’ll arrange a personal consultation.