It’s no secret that preparation can be the key to a successful job interview. But, what are the some of the best ways to prepare?
You’ve worked hard to advance your nursing career and continue your education with a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Benedictine University online. Now that you’re ready to apply for a leadership position in the health care field, there are many ways to prepare for the upcoming interview. Whether it’s answering tough questions, quoting current research findings or understanding the workplace culture, you can show off your leadership skills and health care knowledge to potential employers with confidence.
With the help of Benedictine University’s video, “How to Prepare for a Nurse Administrator Interview”, you can gain new insight and tips that will assist in landing a rewarding position as a Nurse Administrator.
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[00:00:00.53] SPEAKER: How to prepare for a nurse administrator interview-- it's no secret that preparation can be the key to successful job interview. But what are some of the best ways to prepare? Begin your interview preparation by researching the facility you're applying to and the people you will work with.
[00:00:14.90] Knowing more about the facility can assist you in determining your cultural fit and how you can help the facility achieve its goals through an administrative capacity. Knowing more about who you are interviewing with can help you feel more comfortable and anticipate questions they may ask. Although you can never be certain of the specific questions you'll be asked during an interview, there are a few you can expect and prepare for.
[00:00:34.57] You can anticipate behavioral-based questions specific to a nurse administration role such as, what are your feelings on diversity in the workplace? What is your management style? How will you motivate your team? How do you handle conflict? What leadership experience do you have? And how do you stay organized? Always practice your responses to questions in advance, as well. A helpful tip is to utilize the PSR technique by stating the problem, the solution you came to, and the end results.
[00:01:00.68] When all their questions are answered, turn the tables and have three to four questions ready for them. Having your own questions will show that you've prepared and researched the job. It's also important to be current with nursing news, legislation, and research. You can wow interviewers by quoting current research findings and how you will lead your team by sharing evidence-based nursing research. If you want to wow them even more, talk about recent legislation that could affect you, your team, and the work environment at their organization.
[00:01:26.38] When it comes time for the interview, hide your apprehension and show a positive attitude. Be relatable. Always have a smile on your face, and show that you're the type of leader they can trust their staff with. Use the time prior to your interview to prepare by building your confidence and knowledge of what is required to take the next step in your career. Be ready to show them that you're the type of nurse administrator that leads with confidence, organizational skills, patience, and that you're always looking for ways to improve the lives of your staff and patients.
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