Face to Face Interview Tips for Nurses and Allied Health Staff


Interviewing effectively means you have to prepare for presenting yourself positively by discussing your background and career goals. Always remember, the employer will be most interested in your work experience, your academic background, and what you have learned. If you really want the job position, then you need to put your best shot to enables you to have an edge over other applicants.

Red Kinetics suggests specific tips for success that require investing time and preparation before, during, and after your job interview. The nursing interview tips are as follows:


1. Know the organisation

You have to learn all about the organisation. You have to find out the patient population, growth plans, and so forth. You can talk to past and present employees or to your recruitment consultant. You can find out more information by checking out the employer’s official website.

You can also find out who will conduct your interview.


2. Evaluate your strengths

  • Write down about your strengths as well as your weaknesses.
  • During the interview, you will be asked questions about your:
  • work experience, education, skills and interests.
  • This is the time for you to emphasize your strengths and experience. Use specific examples to illustrate your strong points whenever possible.


3. Write or review your resume

Prepare your work history and professional accomplishments. You have to be ready to discuss what you have listed and talk about it in a very enthusiastic and proud manner. This process will force you to assess what you have learned and remind you of what you have to offer.


4. Practice role-playing

Practice makes out action perfect. You can practice with different friends or relatives. You can also practice by using a video camera or cassette player and playing back the tape.


5. Make a good impression

You have only a few seconds to make a good first impression. And remember that there is no other chance for making that first impression except at your interview schedule.

  • Know the exact time and place of the interview, and the interviewer's name and title. Arrive 5-10 minutes early at the interview.
  • Find out all you can about the company. There are research publications in the Library, on the internet and elsewhere that can supply you with information.
  • Refresh your memory regarding details of present and past employers and your work history in their companies. Pay particular attention to how you will describe your most important achievements.
  • Make sure you prepare questions you will ask during your interview.
  • Pay close attention to grooming and dress. Standard business attire is recommended; however, find out what is expected.
  • Do show that you are sincere and very interested to get the job.
  • Do not chew a gum!
  • Carry a folder or portfolio containing copies of your CV/resume and a neatly typed list of 3 references preferably from immediate supervisor or manager.

6. Understand the goal

All interviewers need to determine four things about a job applicant so you have to prepare for the following:

  • When interviewers ask about your qualifications, it means that they have to make sure that you can do the job.
  • In view point, they check for if you do really want the job.
  • Adaptability means that they check for that you can fit into their organisation's culture.
  • And in reality, they check for if you can improve quality, increase customer satisfaction and help contain costs.


7. Answer effectively

At the interview, how you answer a question is often more important than what you say.
  • Always keep your answers brief, honest and precise.
  • If there is a group for interviewing you, be sure to look at each member, but direct most of your answers to the one asking the specific question.
  • When you are given the opportunity to ask questions, take advantage of it. You can ask questions like "How will the new hospital help with your professional development?" Always demonstrates your sharp knowledge and awareness.
  • Be prepared with answers and supporting examples to questions such as:
  • What are your future career goals?
  • What are your key achievements?
  • Of your previous jobs which aspect of it did you enjoy most and why?
  • How have you managed conflict in the past?
  • Describe what you have done in your career that shows your resourcefulness?
  • What are your weaknesses and strengths?
  • What does teamwork mean to you?
  • Can you re-locate if requested?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • How many days notice do you need to give your present employer to start at the job that you have applied for?

8. Tips before closing the interview

  • If you are interested in the position, always make sure that the let interviewer(s) know.
  • If you need time to think about an offer, make sure you ask for it. Most employers respect the need for acknowledging your decision.
  • Don't be sad or discouraged if there is nothing "solid or final" at the end of the interview. The employer almost always needs time to make their decision.
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration.


9. Follow up tips after your interview

  • Always let your consultant know if you are, or are not interested in progressing with the position further, we need to know as soon as possible.
  • You can always follow-up your interview results within 24 hours or on the date as specified to you regarding your employer’s final decision. Ask question regarding those answers that you have given if it needs further clarification. Ask if ok with you to follow-up results and their decision at a specific due date either by email or telephone call. Ask for the most convenient time that you may be able to call them for following up your interview result.
  • There’s a lot of available interview tips available in the World Wide Web. Remember that if you really want the job, you will make an immense effort to prepare for your job interview.


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