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Our Top Interview Tips for Nurses and Nursing Students

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 year ago
  • Author:by Kate Andrews

Interview Tips

Conexus MedStaff has put together the below tips to help international nurses and international students communicate confidence, enthusiasm and intelligence during your telephone interview with a healthcare organization. This is your time to shine, so make the most of it!

Things to prepare before your U.S. nursing interview:

  • Know who you are and how you got where you are

    • Know your resume inside out

    • Be able to recount your big accomplishments

    • Understand your strengths and weaknesses

  • Know what you want to do next in your nursing career

    • Think about your goals and ambitions

  • Understand the role for which you are being interviewed

    • Be familiar with the job description so you can align your nursing skills and experience to the role

  • Learn about the organisation

    • Read the organization's website and perform general online searches about the organization

    • Does it have a Mission Statement? What are the organization's values?

  • Prepare some answers to common nursing interview questions (we will look at this in more detail later)

  • Write down all of your ideas to the above points

    • Use what works best for you – paragraphs in full sentences, lists of key words, diagrams, etc.

  • Practice answering questions verbally

    • Role play with another person playing the interviewer

    • Practice speaking your answers out loud while alone

    • Think about the speed of your speech and your breathing

    • Try to limit unnecessary words or sounds such as “like” and “erm”

  • Practice smiling in a mirror while you answer your questions verbally – if you smile it shows through in your voice and you interviewer will hear it!!


Interview Day Preparation

  • Sit in a quiet room without distractions or interruptions

  • If possible use a landline with a good connection

  • Have a glass of water nearby in case of a dry throat

  • Don’t forget your mirror

  • Have a copy of your resume near you during the interview

    • If your mind goes blank on dates then you can easily check


During the Interview

  • Speak clearly and breathe calmly

  • If you do not understand a question, kindly ask the interviewer to repeat the question

  • Use your mirror, and smile!

  • Project confidence in your voice

    • Speak with enthusiasm and energy to engage the interviewer

    • Be positive and avoid negativity

    • Answer questions succinctly and do not ramble

  • Focus fully on the question or conversation

    • Do not begin your response until the other person has finished or you may respond inappropriately

  • Sell yourself to the organisation

    • Tell them why you would fit well with their values

    • Tell them what nursing skills and experience you have to fulfil the job description

    • Tell them your ambitions

  • Choose your words clearly and professionally

    • Do not use slang words

    • Try not to use filler words or sounds such as “like”, “erm”

    • Short silences are not always bad – it can show you are thinking about your answer

  • Give specific examples when asked about your experiences

    • This helps the interviewer gain a deeper understanding of your nursing skills and other abilities

  • When recounting experiences or accomplishments, never identify patients or family members by name or any other identifiable information

  • Never speak badly of a former employer or former colleagues

  • Ask the interviewer questions

    • You are also seeing if you want the job on offer and feel it will be a good fit for you

    • Never ask about salary or paid time off as this is something that should be discussed if you receive an offer of employment

  • End the interview in a positive manner

    • If you are interested in the nursing role, reiterate your interest and tell them why you think you would fit well within the organisation

    • Thank the interview for their time and interest in your application