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Looking for a nursing job ? … Prepare Your Interview … It’s Your Chance to Showcase your Skills

The nursing staff are perhaps the heartbeat of any healthcare institution. Their services are so critical that such establishments want to hire only the best nurses. One way of ascertaining this is through interviews for the job. The way you answer your interview questions will determine whether you will pass or fail the interview.  There are common interview questions that are always asked. A few are cited below to help you be more confident

 

Why do you want to work with us as a nurse?

Be specific and avoid generalities. If you have had previous experience or worked as a volunteer before, cared for someone at home , share the experience and explain how this has improved your skills and personalty.

You may be asked to tell the interviewers about yourself

Here, focus on your role and professional strengths related to the job. It is not about your personal life, your age or how much you love your pet.  If you have experienced any challenges and dealt with them positively, outline them and demonstrate how you overcame them to deliver great results.

Team work

A question or two about this will almost invariably come up. A good answer will point out that you are comfortable working as part of a bigger team and willing to learn from each member. However, when circumstances demand, you are still comfortable working alone without supervision by taking initiatives and own decisions when required.

Be Knowledgeable about the company you want to work for

The hiring company may ask you about why you would want to work for them.In this case, it is worth doing some homework and learn as much as you can about your future employer. know all the services they provide, what the company stands for , it mission and vision , if the company appeared on the news , it is a great idea to mentions this as this could mean a lot to the management team, follow them on social media so you show more interest . All this could help you stand out from your competition , at the of the day, you are not the only candidate sending a CV, remember.

About previous employer and relationship with the boss or manager

Avoid maligning the two. Talk about the learning and positive experiences you encountered there and how they helped you be a better nurse and a better professional . Avoid criticising your previous boss as your future boss could be one of them if you decide to leave the Job.

They could tell you if have any questions you want to ask ?

A common answer would be “No I am fine thanks” – It’s a no no answer , this will give a bad closing to the interview, there are two important parts in the interview, the beginning of the interview where you need to show a positive energy and motivation and the end (closing) of the interview where you want the recruiter remember you . Increase your chances of getting the job by asking clever questions, related to career development , training, flexibility and anything you did not understand from the job description.

 

In addition to the above, take other measures such as, dressing professionally , as a nurse you would be expected to, arriving early for the interview and remaining calm and confident (not arrogant) during the interview. One last thing , just be yourself , a nurse job is a work of heart as they say , so show your great personality and all the best in finding the best role .

Good Luck

Nursing is Career … Not just a Job

You’re ready for a new job opportunity. Started job search and managed to book yourself an Interview , all is good and as planned, by this point, you need to do your home work to be ready to sell yourself and the best way in doing so is to have a close look at your potential employer’s website.This will help you grow your confidence level and show your future employer you care and want the Job more than the other candidates.

Did you know that you have a chance of asking HR questions before accepting a job offer as a nurse? The widespread shortage of nurses in many places gives you room to be a job seeker with a choice on who to work for. Don’t be timid. Ask questions about what you consider important to you and how you carry out your job. Worth considering the following questions before giving a definite answer :

  1. About salary and allowances

Ask about your starting salary and compare this with what is offered in your area for similar roles .  Inquire about allowances in relation to relocation, overtime and any other special nursing care related duties. Many healthcare agencies fail to guarantee secured working hours for their nurses. A great way to find out is to just ask and check your future employer’s reviews, testimonials and social media accounts.

  1. Job related benefits

What does the company offer for your personal healthcare? This relates to matters such as insurance, paid vacation/leave and maternity leave for women.

  1. Interpersonal relationships

Strive to know the relationship between the administration and the workers.  How easy can you have issues resolved between you and a fellow member of staff or between you and the administration? Does the company have a mentorship program?

  1. Education and Training opportunities

Does the company have a continuing education program that will improve your CV and Overall Career Development ? Opportunities to get certifications in certain areas can help in your professional progression. Many healthcare agencies do offer mandatory training , offer courses and development days to help nurses improve their practice and support their continuing professional development (CPD). It is a great chance to ask your future employer if training is included in your employment contract.

  1. Will your personal special circumstances be considered in your new job role?

This can relate to physical or social-family issues. A pregnant or nursing mother for example may find it challenging to work in certain areas. Such mothers may need a department with more flexibility where it may be possible to take a break or reduce working hours (part time ) when circumstances demand. In addition to talking to the HR officer, talk to nurses and other staff who are already working with the company. You will learn from them some things that HR may not be willing to tell you. All these will help you to decide whether take the job opportunity or not.

If you make it a priority to ask these important questions before you accept a nursing job offer, you’ll be much happier with your decision—whether you accept or decline it. It might seem like a good idea to at first take what you can get, but what you want at the end of the day is to love your job and the best way to achieve this is to do your homework beforehand.

Small things like that can be helpful conversation topics during an interview and, ultimately, they can make all the difference in securing the position. Secure Healthcare Solutions is a specialist in establishment healthcare staffing solutions across England. We are actively recruiting and supplying front line staff in Birmingham and the West Midlands, London, Manchester and Bristol areas.

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