When things go wrong during your interview

  Interviews are extremely stressful because you have to get things right since there is never a second chance to create a first impression. – But what if something goes wrong? What can you do about it? Read on to find out how you can deal with seven situations:   1. Your cell phone rings Apologize for this quickly as you search for your phone and then cancel the call immediately. Put the phone on silent mode or switch it off. Once again, make eye contact with the panel of interviewers and apologize for the mistake and kindly request that […]

How to Handle Illegal Interview Questions

Interviews are stressful to say the least. Your stress levels begin to rise the night before the interview, and you don’t sleep well at all. You keep wondering what you will say, whether you will impress your potential employer and if you will get the job? Making sure you are well dressed and not forgetting to smile and laugh at the not so funny interviewer’s jokes, only adds to your stress levels. When an interviewer asks a question you know is illegal, you have to think fast and answer it as appropriately as you can. Avoid letting your anxiety kick […]

Four Interview Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Have you ever done an interview and wished you could rewind the clock and redo it because you made some terrible blunders? I know the feeling. I once arrived late for an interview. I tried to blame the weather and traffic, but I could see in the eyes of my interviewers that they were not impressed. No wonder I didn’t get the job. That experience taught me to be thirty minutes early for any interview or an important appointment. There are four common mistakes people make when attending interviews that you need to avoid.     Wearing the wrong clothes Avoid […]

How to Master the Telephone Interview

  Telephone interviews are getting more common these days. A phone interview will give the employer an idea of what kind of person you are. If you are nervous, you will come across as not being confident, and probably not the right candidate for the job. In this article, I want to discuss five tips to help you excel and master your phone interview.   Be Prepared Be prepared for the interview. Even if you are at home and you don’t feel like getting out of your pajamas, it’s important that you prepare as if you are going to meet […]

How New Nurses Can Answer the Question, “Why should we hire you?”

  It’s getting harder for fresh new nurses straight out of college to get jobs. Companies prefer to hire experienced nurses and will only take on new grads who stand out in the interview. The question you should always expect during the interview is this: “Why should we hire you?”   Think about this question, and prepare your answer prior to the interview. Practice in front of the mirror to make you more confident in answering, if you have to. It is one of the most important questions and can determine whether you get the job or not. In this […]

How You Can Survive the Panel Interview.

          Imagine walking into an interview and finding seven people sitting around a table, looking you over from head to toe. Then, after a moment, it strikes you that you will be interviewed by the whole panel. This can make you feel extremely intimidated. There are some nurses who would just freeze out of fear. Fear will not help you if you are hoping to give the interviewers a good impression.   When getting ready to attend an interview, you need to prepare for the worst. A panel interview is very challenging, and most nurses get […]