6 Successful Interview Tips That Every New Grad Nurse Practitioner Needs to Know

6 Successful Interview Tips That Every New Grad Nurse Practitioner Needs to Know

After successfully completing your nurse practitioner education and passing your certification exam, you’ve finally been granted an interview to work for a prestigious organization in your desired specialty.

The last thing that stands in your way, however, is the dreaded interview.

As a newly minted DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) graduate and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I understand that the days leading up to an interview can evoke a plethora of emotions ranging from excitement to nervousness.

Luckily for you, I have compiled a list of six steps that may be helpful in preparing you for your first Nurse Practitioner interview.

1. Update your Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

One of the things that many new grad nurse practitioners tend to neglect in their professional development is ensuring that their resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is updated consistently.

When you don’t take the time to update your resume regularly, it becomes very difficult to precisely remember notable achievements or projects that you may have already completed.

Therefore, having an updated resume or CV is extremely important because it demonstrates your commitment in showcasing your experience and accomplishments as accurately as possible to your future potential employer.

2. Do your Research

Just like studying for an exam to get a good grade, doing your research is also good practice prior to participating in an interview.

What is the mission and vision of the company that you’re applying for? What are their core values, and do they align with yours? What are the goals and purpose of the company?

These are all critical questions that you must ask yourself, and more importantly be comfortable answering prior to your interview date.

The more you know about a company and what they stand for, the easier it is for you to determine if it’s truly the right fit for you and your professional aspirations.

3. Dress for Success

Studies have long demonstrated that people make a judgment based on their first impression of you within the first seven seconds of interaction. This means that whether you’re on a job interview, at a business meeting, or attending a networking event, you have just a few seconds to make a good first impression and establish yourself as the successful person you strive to be.

Dressing for success means not only dressing well but also understanding the subtle messages you’re conveying based on your overall appearance.

Dressing well is crucial to the interview process because wearing the right clothes can ultimately make a strong visual statement on how you view yourself and the world around you.

4. Be your Authentic Self

Channeling your authenticity is a trait that many organizations and companies look for when interviewing potential candidates.

Being authentic is not just about what you think or say but also what you do and how you choose to function in the outside world.

As you interview, use this opportunity to really let your personality shine and don’t be afraid to be yourself. In the end, the most successful people are those who can tolerate and absorb criticism, admit their faults, and be accepting of others because they are not threatened by the fear of failure.

5. Ask Questions

When interviewing for a position, it’s important to remember to not be afraid and ask questions.

Asking questions is vital because it not only demonstrates your interest in the position but also your willingness to excel in the role that you’re applying for.

Keep in mind that the best questions to ask are focused, open-ended questions that provide greater insight into the company’s day-to-day operations as well as their culture.

6. Say “Thank You”

Lastly, once the interview is done, it is important to show your gratitude by sending a thoughtful email or thank you card.

Writing a thank you message is a great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates because it demonstrates your willingness to go the extra mile to show your appreciation for the time the interviewer spent with you.

Writing a good thank you note can be pivotal in demonstrating not only the caliber of your work but also the characteristics you may claim to have, such as: attention to detail, ability to communicate effectively, and professionalism.

It is also important to note that employers tend to view thank you notes as a visual representation of who you are as a potential employee.

Therefore, prior to sending a thank you note, take the time to reread it thoroughly to ensure that it is professional and uses proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.

6 Tips to Beat Job Interview Stress

6 Tips to Beat Job Interview Stress

Congratulations if you are getting ready for an important job interview! The preparation to make a good impression, form the best answers to questions, and to find out about a new organization can be time consuming and stressful.

Even with all the work, take a few extra minutes the day before your interview to make sure you have these last-minutes tasks checked off. If you can do this on the day before, you can focus on the interview itself the next day.

1. Dress for Success

Nothing makes you stand straighter than looking good. And you don’t have to go buy a new suit to wear, as long as the clothes you have are neat and professional. Get your outfit, and yourself, ready. Check your clothes to make sure they are pressed, stain-free, and ready to go. Make sure you have pantyhose (if you wear them) and a back-up pair, and inspect your shoes for scuffs or dirt. Guys should examine any collared shirts for discoloration and should be sure they have black (not white!) socks to go with their shoes. Everyone should give an outfit the once over for missing buttons or dropped hems.

2. Look the Part

It is much to easy to overlook the little things when you are getting ready for a job interview, but those are the very things an interviewer will notice. Take off any chipped nail polish, decide the neatest way to wear your hair, and make a conscious effort to wear professional (i.e., minimal) makeup. Now is not the time to try a new bright lipstick or wear tons of jewelry. Both men and women should go easy on any perfume or cologne or hair product.

3. Get Your Papers in Order

Instead of searching for your resume just before you are out the door, take the time to assemble a few copies of your resume, a blank notebook, and a couple of pens (you don’t want to be caught unprepared if one runs out of ink!). Jot your questions down ahead of time and go over any potential questions in your head. Know how you might put a positive spin on tricky questions, like what your biggest weakness is. Have a few mints (but no gum) before your appointment to freshen your breath. Just make sure there’s nothing in your mouth when you check in for your interview.

4. Map Your Route

Believe it or not, roads can be closed, a GPS can malfunction, weather can change your route, and traffic delays can force you to find another way to get to your interview. Find a few ways to get to where you are going and print out those directions (and reverse directions for when you leave). Plan to leave in plenty of time in case of unexpected delays. You don’t want to be late to your interview.

5. Think Ahead

Call any references you might use ahead of time. If your interviewer asks for references, you don’t want a company to call them without you saying something first. Check in with them and tell them you have an interview and ask if it would be okay to use them as a reference, if needed. This step makes you look professional to both your references and to the company with whom you are interviewing. And be sure to get the business cards of anyone you interview with so you know exactly where to send a post-interview thank-you note.

6. Take a Deep Breath

With all those tasks out of the way, you can relax a little and feel better knowing you are as prepared as possible. Good luck!