10 Big “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Interviewing

10 Big “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Interviewing

Interviewing has a basic set of standards that should be foundations for every interview and permeate every aspect of the interviewing process. From your preparation to your final contact with HR or a hiring manager, you should adhere to these “do” and “don’t” principles.

5 Do’s

Be Honest

Character is one of the most important aspects any employee can have. No matter how good a liar you might be or how much you may stretch the truth, you give off cues that you are not telling the truth or the whole truth. If a potential employer gets the feeling that you are not being completely honest, it will be a huge red flag.

Hold Yourself Well

Posture says a lot about your personality and your attitude. Hold a professional posture that exudes professionalism, self-confidence, and a positive attitude. Don’t get too casual with how you sit or the language you use. Make solid eye contact and be actively engaged in listening.

Dress Professionally

If you are not sure how to dress, do some research. If you aren’t sure if you are over- or underdressed, err on the side of being overdressed. Never do the opposite. Most organizations post a general dress code. Be professional. You might have to invest in a nice business suit that fits you well. Don’t walk in looking unprofessional because of your clothes. Be sure you are well groomed and that your clothing looks professional.

Admit Weaknesses

As mentioned previously, we all have weaknesses. Acting as though you don’t is essentially lying or having a huge ego, neither of which is good during an interview. Remember that a weakness doesn’t mean you’re completely failing in a particular area—it just means that you are not as fluent in that area as in others. Weaknesses can be overcome, but character issues most likely won’t be.

Communicate Well With Human Resources

Human resources has a direct relationship with hiring personnel. If you are not professional in your interactions with HR or prove difficult to work with, that information will surely be communicated to the hiring team. Oftentimes an HR representative will sit in on the interview as well. Any interaction with someone involved in the hiring process should be taken seriously and handled professionally.

5 Don’ts

Fake It Till You Make It

To a certain extent you need to be able to back up everything you say during an interview. Sure, you could argue that you won’t lose a position after obtaining it if you can’t back up everything that was said during an interview. There is a level of cheating yourself you do with that mentality. To say you have something that you don’t actually possess shows a lack of integrity. This is why plagiarism is frowned on and so harshly punished. If you didn’t actually do the work for your degree, you are lying about your credentials and don’t possess the skills that your degree implies you do have. You are lying through the means of a degree because you can’t actually back up what that degree symbolizes or entails. To those who actually put in the work and possess the skills, that attitude is highly offensive. Make sure you can back up what you say.

Exaggerate

We all know people who dramatize every story to make themselves look as innocent as a dove and someone else as evil as Satan himself. Don’t be that person—don’t exaggerate a situation to make yourself look flawless. Don’t demean other people. This is not a healthy sign of a professional. Be clear, objective, and truthful. Talk more about actions and less about personalities. Oftentimes things can come across as gossip. Employers will not knowingly want to bring that into the workplace.

Bring Ego

This “don’t” could really wrap up a few others more generally. Bring your personality to the interview in a professional way, not your ego. Let the interviewers get a feel for who you are and what your likes and dislikes are. But don’t bring ego. People are almost automatically turned off by people with a “big head.” Ego could practically look like an overconfidence in oneself—a failure to admit any real weakness, never being able to admit you’re wrong, or that you think more highly of yourself than you do of others.

Be Irresponsible

There are so many things to say in this section. Be sure to take anything you need with you. Have an extra sheet of paper and a writing utensil to take notes. Show up at least 15 minutes early but don’t arrive at the interview more than 15 minutes early. If you are unfamiliar with how to get to the interview or how bad traffic might be, get there with plenty of time to spare. But if you are 20 or 30 minutes early, don’t let them know you are there. Wait until it’s between 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled time and then show up to your appointment spot.

Take extra copies of your resume or any other documents, such as a letter of recommendation. If you carry a folder or writing utensil, be sure that they are in good condition as well. Make good eye contact and be sure to greet everyone in the room who is interviewing you.

Forget to Follow Up

Follow-up is an important aspect of an interview. It gives you one last opportunity to influence the interview panel or those making the hiring decision. During a follow-up, by phone or email, be as professional as possible. Thank them for the opportunity to interview for the position. Express how you think you’d be a great fit for the role. Let them know that you will wait to hear back regarding their decision. Don’t make them feel as if they need to respond to your email or that you are expecting a response from them. That is not appropriate for a follow-up. If you want a response to something, do it through HR.

Anything you can do to help increase your chances of getting a new job should be taken seriously. Implementing these ten foundational “do” and “don’t” principles will help set you apart from other candidates.

Talk to Nursing School Admission Officers Online on 11/29

Talk to Nursing School Admission Officers Online on 11/29

DailyNurse wants to help you plan the next step in your nursing career! Our online open houses will help you plan your next step and guide you through the nursing school application process. These events also serve as an easy and effective way to connect with admission officers from the comfort of your home, school, or office.

 

Chat with nursing school admission officers on Wednesday, November 29th (12pm-3pm EST)

Next week, aspiring nursing students interested in a BSN or MSN degree will have an opportunity to meet with admission officers from Herzing University. Herzing has opened applications for the following programs:

  1. RN-BSN
  2. RN-MSN
  3. MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. MSN-Nurse Educator w. emphasis in Staff Development
  5. MSN-Nurse Educator w. emphasis in Faculty Development
  6. Post Master Certificates
  7. MBA w. Concentration in Healthcare Management

Whether you are new to nursing or want to further your career with an advanced degree, Herzing offers program options as well as support teams to help you succeed. Register now to chat online from any device, and connect with admissions officers for 1-on-1 chats next week.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HERZING’S BSN AND MSN PROGRAMS BELOW.

Nurse Educators’ Vital Role in the Future of Nursing

Nurse Educators’ Vital Role in the Future of Nursing

The nationwide nursing shortage isn’t slowing down anytime soon, as the baby boomer population continues to age and average life expectancy increases, building demand for medical care. That’s not all—the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts nearly 1.1 million new registered nurses (RNs) will be needed by 2022 in order to replace 500,000 retirees and fill 100,000 new RN positions each year.

This is good news—and an ideal opportunity to advance your nursing career to become a nurse educator. After all, who is going to train all these new nurses?

Nurse educators play a vital role in ensuring that the next generation of nurses is prepared to meet the growing demand for healthcare services. Nurse educators are also instrumental in shaping the future of the nursing profession, encouraging a focus on holistic patient care and illness prevention, as well as promoting community health. Right now there is a strong need for educators — 83 percent of nursing programs sought to hire new faculty in 2015.


Why are nurse educators so important?

Nurse educators serve an important role within the hospital system. Having professional nurses who are trained to deliver information to other nurses, who understand their challenges and how to convey critical and lifesaving knowledge is essential to a hospital’s success. A nurse educator can help mitigate mistakes, streamline processes, shorten new hire ramp time and identify opportunities to improve processes and mitigate risks to the patient, nurse and hospital.


In 2008, the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending that 80 percent of the registered nurse (RN) workforce have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by 2020, causing many hospitals to reevaluate their criteria for hiring new nurses. Additionally, hospitals aspiring to Magnet status are likely to hire more BSN-prepared nurses, due to better expected patient outcomes.

That’s why many hospitals are looking to work with educational institutions such as Herzing University to meet the rising demand of BSN degrees, such as through an online RN-BSN program.
As registered nurses return to school and new students seek entry to BSN programs, colleges and universities are under increased pressure to find qualified faculty to educate and train future nurses. Thus, nurse educators’ skills and experience are continually in demand, and essential for expanding the RN workforce to meet the healthcare needs of current and future generations.

How are nurse educators preparing nurses for the future?
Nurse educators are instrumental in shaping the future of healthcare by providing their students not only with the technical skills that they need to be successful in their field, but also the refined skills and depth of knowledge that will help advance quality of patient care.

• The importance of community nursing:
As the focus of patient care shifts from acute care to prevention models, a nurse’s role expands to health education and advocacy, community care, agency collaboration and political and social reform. Today’s nurses need to understand their evolving role in the community and how to provide holistic care for patients. As a nurse educator, you help nurses understand the principles behind the work that they do and how they can proactively contribute to the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

• Essential leadership skills:
Good leaders aren’t born—they’re made! Nurse educators help prepare today’s nurses for future leadership roles by introducing management and organizational theories that will allow nurses to take initiative in a variety of roles. In addition, nurse educators help students learn how to improve patient-care quality, how to make cost-effective decisions and how to evaluate patient outcomes to improve future practice.

• How to implement evidence-based practice:
Nurse educators can also help nurses learn how to critically evaluate new research. This is an important skill that allows nurses to become more effective decision-makers and problem-solvers and help improve patients’ health and well-being.

Becoming a nurse educator:
Becoming a nurse educator doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your clinical work; many nurse educators continue to care for patients in addition to their teaching duties. In order to become a nurse educator, you must obtain your MSN. Educational opportunities such as Herzing’s MSN-Nurse Educator program empower students to fulfill the ongoing and vital need for quality instructors in the field.
Helping to shape the future generation of nurses is a truly rewarding career, and one that is essential to ensuring quality healthcare for our nation. By choosing to pursue a career in nursing education, today’s nurses can help pave the way for a healthier future.

University of Rhode Island Nursing Student Jackie Davenport Selected for Prestigious Flynn Fellowship

University of Rhode Island Nursing Student Jackie Davenport Selected for Prestigious Flynn Fellowship

Jackie Davenport, a senior nursing student from the University of Rhode Island (URI), has been awarded a pediatric oncology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital through The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program. Davenport was the only student from Rhode Island to be named a Flynn Fellow due to her strong commitment to caring for pediatric oncology patients.

Maureen Hillier, an assistant clinical professor of nursing at URI, tells Today.URI.edu, “It’s an honor for a URI student to be selected. Within the clinical group, Jackie stood out as one of the leaders and has been an exceptional student.”

The Flynn Fellowship is a highly selective 8-week program preceded by two online courses. Davenport was selected for her excellence as a student, strong communication skills, and commitment to pediatric oncology which is rooted in personal experience.

When she was only 11 years old, Davenport’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Remembering accompanying her mom to her radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Davenport says, “[My mother’s] medical team was phenomenal and would explain everything to me.” Davenport’s mother recovered, but she later lost her grandfather and an aunt to cancer which led her to follow her passion for helping people in that situation and to pursue a career in oncology.

In addition to the practical learning experience Flynn Fellows receive, they must also complete an evidence-based research project to present to oncology nurses and leadership at the close of the program. After experiencing how terrifying it is to not know what’s going to happen to your family, Davenport is considering a research project focused on sharing knowledge with siblings, relatives, and young cancer patients.

Following the news of her Flynn Fellowship, Davenport also received the Francine Brem Excellence Award in Pediatric Research and Practice from Sigma Theta Tau International. To learn more about Davenport and her prestigious recognition as a nursing student pursuing pediatric oncology, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: RN Case Manager, Jane Palermo

Nurse of the Week: RN Case Manager, Jane Palermo

This week’s ‘Nurse of the Week’ is Jane Palermo. After a man on her flight went into cardiac arrest, Nurse Jane, an RN Case Manager at UMass Memorial Medical Center, performed CPR and applied a defibrillator until the man began to breathe on his own. As a Case Manager at her hospital, she helps organize and coordinate resources and services in response to individual health care needs and this situation was no different. We salute this Shrewsbury resident for applying some of the key competencies of her role as a case manager in a very unfamiliar setting.

“Her actions 30,000 feet above the ground comes as no surprise to the people working with her on a daily basis.”

– Patrick Muldoon, President of UMass Memorial Medical Center

Learn more about becoming a Nurse Case Manager

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