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How to Ace an Interview

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Read the below tips and best practices to help you beat your pre-interview jitters and ace your next interview.

Before the Interview
  • Make sure your ringtone, voicemail message and any other identifiers a recruiter might come in contact with are professional and polished.
  • Practice mock interviews with your friends, parents, peers and nursing instructors. If your school has a career center or student services department, take advantage of those resources.
  • Create a professional résumé that profiles important coursework, clinical experience and any early nursing career highlights. Check out our “Tips for Crafting a Better Nurse Résumé” section.
  • Secure professional references that can speak to your qualifications as a nurse.
  • Find out as much as you can about the culture, core capabilities, history, employees and other useful information about the facility where you'll be interviewing by visiting their website or picking up literature from your nursing school's career center.
During the Interview
  • Dress appropriately in professional attire. A first impression can only be made once. For tips on how to dress for success, visit our “Dress for Interview Success” section.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early. This will give you time to relax and continue preparing for the interview.
  • Remember to smile and be positive. Most people you encounter at the interview location know why you're there.
  • Most interviewers will give you a chance to ask questions. Use this time to ask questions that have not already been addressed.
After the Interview
  • Thank you letters are a true indicator of interest and thoughtfulness. They can reinforce a favorable impression and win the job for you.
  • If you don't get the job, don't give up, and maintain a positive attitude! You never know what windows will open up from your interview.

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