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Interview and Cover Letter Tips for Nursing

The Cover Letter and Interview Preparation

Plan what you are going to write in your cover letter or say at the interview using these guidelines. Don’t memorise these sentences – rather make them your own and create similar versions based upon who you are and who you can become.

A perfect interview is one where the interviewer connects with your sincerity and can get an understanding of who you really are.

Why Do You Want To Become a Nurse?

The answer to this should be communicated in your cover letter and you will be asked this at the interview. Here are some ideas for you:

  • I’m interested in science and health, and want to help people in need.
  • I’m interested in health and medicine and want to study Nursing as it’s a broad field that will easily allow me to find my niche.
  • I want a career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. The nursing profession offers variety as you deal with many aspects of patient care.
  • Helping patients and their families through difficult times is extremely satisfying for me.
  • My mother is a nurse, and I’ve seen the satisfaction she feels from helping people in her job and this has inspired me. I knew from a young age that nursing was something I wanted to do with my life.
  • Although I don’t really know everything about a nursing career, I like the way it allows me to combine science with helping people.
  • I believe that nursing is one of the most interesting and growing careers available today, and I enjoy the difference I can make in my patient’s hospital experience.
  • I chose nursing as a career because I love learning new things about health and science. Nurses need to be current with medical trends and training so that they can provide the best care to  patients. I hope to learn something new from my colleagues and patients each day.

Interview Questions and Answers Tips

What do You Find Difficult?
Answer this question in a positive manner and use it as an opportunity to reveal your strengths.

  •  I sometimes find it difficult to cut off from work and studies. I feel that as a nurse you have to get involved with patients and  I believe it’s my responsibility to care for them the same as I would my own family. I’ll try to understand each case perfectly and get as many details as possible so that I feel confident about helping the patient.
  • I think the most difficult part of being a nurse is when a patient is very unhappy, or in a lot of pain, and I can’t comfort them to the level I’d like. I know that sometimes patients don’t effectively communicate with their doctor, I want to try to help bridge that communication gap.
  • I prefer to look at difficulties as challenges, and I enjoy conquering challenges. Provide an example of a challenge you overcame.
  • I was concerned about shift work but after speaking to a nurse, she said that colleagues support each other and that it’s not difficult once you get used to it.

Teamwork: Do you prefer to work alone, or as part of a team?

  • It depends on what the circumstances are. I enjoy being part of a team, but I also like the independance of working alone.
  • I believe that nursing in a hospital is a team effort, and I really enjoy making my contribution to the team.
  • I believe that a professional needs a certain amount of independence to work alone without the daily support of a team, and I enjoy the one-on-one interactions with patients that home-based care allows.

What will you do when a Patient Complains about Pain?

  • I will discuss the situation with the doctor to make sure that the patient’s pain is being managed effectively.
  •  I will reassure the patient that everything possible was being done to make them as comfortable as possible without risking their health and well being further.
  • I will listen sympathetically and reassure them that their concerns were being heard, and that we were doing everything possible to help them.

What should you wear to the Interview?

Smart, clean clothes that show you care about details. Keep it simple and ‘clinical.’

Don’t overdo it – look like you need to impress your grandmother and not like you are trying to get free entry to a hip hop event. 😉

Best of luck! The world needs more caring, kind nurses!!

Read more career advice at www.thebalance.com

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