1. Dress accordingly. Generally, it is expected for a job-seeker to dress up appropriately for an interview because first impressions last. Dressing-up doesn't only include the clothes we wear but also over-all grooming of the individual. Our regular hygiene routine should be observed before the interview.
2. Come on time but not too early. Being punctual is a great gauge of one's performance once hired by an employer. But being one hour early in an interview would create havoc in the schedule of the interviewer and would later on put the job-seeker in a ridiculous spot.
3. Offer a firm handshake, give the interviewer your full attention, look straight in his eyes to convey a sincere attitude towards the interview.
4. Keep your personal issues to yourself. Never include unnecessaryand uncalled for the answers to the interviewer's questions. Go direct to the point and don't include your misery in your answer because this will be a major point against you.
5. Research about the Company. To give a bird's eye-view of what to expect from the employer you are seeking a job from, be sure to research about the nature of the job, company profile, services offered as well as the salary and benefits included in the job.
6. Thank the Interviewer. Be sure to have courteous remarks before you end the conversation with the interviewer.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR NURSE APPLICANTS
1. PREPARATION is always a MUST (include license that is current.)
2. Acumen for English should come second nature to you.
3. Most interviewers will initially request for you to tell him/her about "yourself", so be ready.
4. Content of your "resume" should be consistent with facts you verbally claim as to length, dates of experience, details of your specialty, etc.
5. Interviewer will generally present clinical scenarios based on your cases, therefore, you should know your cases very well. Always reflect ABC's of assessment in your response to scenarios.
Dx ---> Management ---> Assessment ---> Drug/s of choice ---> Effects ---> If Adverse, what is its antidote etc.,.
6. Know your equipment and indications for their use.
7. "Quick" response are always and advantage after a question is asked. If you know you are not "hitting" a correct response, discussing a clinical entity close to the scenario always works.
8. Volunteer experiences that may contribute to you/r being considered for a post (IV Therapy, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NALS (NRP), Critical Care Course, ECG interpretation etc.) Mention posts such as charge nurse, preceptors, other unit assignment.
9. If experienced in several areas, express preferences (unit where you are most capable working) and express willingness to gain experience (dont use the term... NEED TO BE TRAINED) in another area.
10. Other concerns you may need to think about.
a. Working with a multicultural staff.
b. Greatest challenge for yourself if you are a successful candidate.
c. Be ready to answer when asked, "Why you are interested in the post?"
d. Is your family supportive of your plan.
11. In this performance always give it your best shot, and under such stressful situation always -___--S-M-I-L-E