- Posted by Emma Walsh
- On 18th July 2017
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- healthcare, hospitals, medicine, nurse advice, nurse life, nurses, nursing
There’s nothing quite like the nerves that hit you before an interview. Sweaty palms and racing hearts. Blank minds and wobbly knees. You may be adverse to stomach turns with years of nursing or placements under your belt, but that doesn’t stop the butterflies on the day of an interview for a new role.
One thing that stops (OK maybe not stops, but definitely alleviates a tad bit) the butterflies is being fully prepared. You know what they say; fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Particularly when you’re applying for a role you’re well and truly after, the nerves can sink in even further so one thing we suggest here at the Mater Private hospital is ensuring you have as much prepared as possible.
That includes the following; having a good night’s rest, a well-thought out and professionally-appropriate outfit laid out and a strong idea of what questions might come up and how you want to answer them. Once you have those boxes ticked, you’ll feel a whole lot better about the big interview
Top 5 typical Interview Questions
- “Why are you looking for a new job?”
This question is used to test both your personality and your ambitions and goals. If you’re leaving your current position, be wary about being negative about your previous employers – even if it is for a negative reason that you’re leaving! Spin the negative into a positive and talk about how you’re looking for new challenges, a change of scrutineer and you think this new position will bring new challenges, which excites you.
- “What do you know about us and what attracted you to apply here”
- One thing that many interviewees forget to consider, as obvious as it sounds, is the where they are applying to. You may be forgiven for thinking that the interview is all about you. But your potential future employer wants to understand why you chose to apply to them particularly and that you didn’t just multi-print 100 copies of your CV and apply for any and all positions you came across. Show some interest and knowledge into where you are applying and you’re on to a winner.
- “Tell us what you know about XXXX nursing”
Ensure you know everything you can about the specialty you’re applying for. If you’ve worked in that specialty before, you’re at a great advantage but that’s not to say you can’t pick up a few snippets of knowledge if this is you’re first time applying for a particular role. Talk to nursing friends and family, read up about the specialty online and ensure you can impress your interviewee with your knowledge.
- “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?”
An oldie but a goodie – this question is bound to come up in some shape or form in any interview you ever do. Utilise this question to display your strengths in terms of nursing and what you can bring to the ward. As for weaknesses? No one is without flaws but try to spin your weakness into a positive
- “What motivated you to become a nurse?”
This is where you can let your personality and your desire for nursing truly shine. Your interviewer wants to know you’re motivated by more than just monetary rewards. Is it helping people that motivates you? Making a difference in someone’s life? Or is it something else? Let them know!
Finally, an interview generally wraps up with the simple question; “Do you have any questions for us?”. This is one of the most important questions in the interview. Make sure you research the role, the hospital and the ward you’ll be working on and devise a few questions beforehand based off your research. This will show enthusiasm for the role and end the interview on a positive note.
Ireland’s leading private hospital, The Mater Private are currently hiring across a number of specialties and we’d love to hear from you. Click here to find out more