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5 Interview Tips for New Graduate Nurses

5 Interview Tips for New Graduate Nurses

Sean Dent | Scrubs Magazine

The economy hasn’t been nice to the new graduate class of nurses out there lately. Budgets are being noosed, staffing numbers are more constricted, and most places have a hiring ‘freeze’. So when the time comes for you to get the ‘call’, you want to be prepared. The difference between landing a job and being another piece of paper filed away can be so simple and subtle that most pay them no mind. Here are some tips to keep your name in the game:

Dress for Success

This sounds like a no-brainer, but I’ve seen it one too many times. Men and women show up in casual clothes, or worse they show up in a work uniform. I don’t care what job you’re working, if you want THIS job you are interviewing for, then you will find a way to dress for success. For the men out there the only option is a suit, don’t settle for less. And keep the flashy socks and ties at home. For the women, nothing open toed. I would suggest a business suit if possible. Conservative with powerful undertones is the best.

A Portfolio

Everyone should have one. It will have all your basic school records, as well as your career highlights thus far (yes, I now you just graduated). It should emphasize your strengths and also address your weaknesses (employers respect it). Everything from scholarships, letters of recommendation and any certificates you may have acquired (BLS, ACLS, PALS, etc.). Be sure to include a copy of your resume and a list of nursing references. All of this is to show your organization skills and how well you prepare.

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