Landing the interview is the first step to getting the job you want. For nurse practitioners looking for their first job, the interview can be the most nerve-racking part. You have to be equal parts charming and knowledgeable while demonstrating without the benefit of years of experience.
Remember, every nurse practitioner started out like you, so you’re not the first, nor will you be the last to be nervous about an interview. To make sure you’ve knocked it out of the park, here are a few tips to keep you ready.
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No matter the job, always invest some extensive research in order to know what you’re walking into. The research doesn’t stop at what the doctor specializes in either. It benefits you to know everything like the staff culture and environment so you can better show how you’ll fit in if you’re hired. Knowledge is power in an interview, and you can never have too much of it.
An interview isn’t just a chance for a prospective employer to ask you questions, you’re allowed to ask them as well. Asking an insightful question not only helps determine how you will fit in an environment, it also impresses the interviewer by showing enthusiasm for the position.
Avoid obvious questions you can find on a website and focus on specifics like how much trust a physician has in their nurse practitioner and how they work in a team. This is about you, so don’t feel nervous about speaking up.
It’s easy to forget how powerful a simple “thank you” can be after an interview. Going the extra mile and showing gratitude for the opportunity to interview goes a long way towards landing that job. It’s a simple gesture, but gratitude is a desirable personality trait that reflects highly on you.
“I always recommend that a candidate send a thank you email and take a pre-addressed thank you card to a face to face interview and handwrite a note thanking the employer for their time,” said Michael Monahan of NP PA Recruiters. “Candidates seem willing to send an email but few do both.”
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At NP PA Recruiters, we strive to find a position that best fits your talents and abilities. If you fit perfectly into a position, then it makes the interview that much easier and we work to improve your standing among recruiters and employers. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, send us your info and we’ll get right to work.