The Interview Maggie Venzke, MSN, FNP-BC Shelli Mayer, MSN, ANP-BC Marymount University FNP Program ANCC Professional Career Day, Spring 2013
Searching for Employment • Research Potential Employer • Professional Associations • Journals • Web Sites AANP Career link, Advance for NPs & PAs, Monster.com • Annual Reports • Site Brochures • LinkedIn • Private Sources of info (Networking) • Past or current employees • Friends
Searching for Employment • Organize information you want to know • Client population • Advancement Opportunities • Organizational Culture • Chain of Command • Specific job requirements- Knowledge skills and abilities needed • Job description
Attending the Interview • Dress for the company- Be relaxed & confident • Be early • Know names of people you will meet • Bring extra copies of your resume • Bring professional portfolio • Bring list of references • First Impressions Count! • Be prepared for initial phone interview and group interviews
Preparing for usual questions • Tell me about yourself (focus on professional) • Career Goals • Qualifications for the position • Strengths and Weaknesses • Accomplishments • Keep answers short and focused • Discuss limitations that can be easily modified
Your Elevator speech • 30 seconds or less…. Tell me about yourself? • Your Choice: • Pause, Panic and Procrastinate (by rambling on) Or • Perfectly articulate you Position and Passion • Elevator speech – 30-90 seconds, entrée to networking and marketing yourself. • Resources: • Powerful Presentations • Harvard Business School Elevator Pitch
Preparing for tough Questions • Types of Difficult Questions • Standard • How would you describe your work style • Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years? • Problem Solving • How would you handle this client? • Answer based on your knowledge level and experience • If you don’t know something indicate that you know where to find the answers • Illegal Questions • Age, Marital status • Birthplace, Religion • Spouse’s Occupation
Questions you May ask • Be certain of what you want in a position • How much call or overtime is expected? • Do you want to see only particular types of clients? • Is there training/orientation for new employees • What else can I tell you about my qualifications? • Use your knowledge of position to generate questions & ask! • Lastly; When will I hear back?
General Advice • Practice, Practice, Practice! • Be positive in verbal/body language • Be confident and straight forward • Listen carefully & learn from interview • Recognize when the interview is OVER • Do NOT discuss salary or benefits on first interview; have offer made to you in writing is best. • Advance for NP Salary Survey 2011 • Follow up with a “Thank you” letter/email
references • Advance for NPs & PAs • Bolles, Richard. (2013). What Color is Your Parachute. Publisher: Ten Speed Press, CA. ISBN-13: 9781607741473. • Selected Resources for NP Career Day 2013 • Brown, MA,& Olshansky, E. (1998). Becoming a primary care nurse practitioner: challenges of the initial year of practice. The Nurse Practitioner, 23(7), 46. • Phillipsen,N., Grandjean, C. (2010). Checking your tail and other considerations for crafting a comprehensive malpractice agreement. The Journal For Nurse Practitioners, 6(9), 703-706. • Reising, D. L. (2012). Make you nursing care malpractice proof. American Nurse Today, 7(1), 24-29. • Szanton, S, et al. (2010). Taking charge of the challenge: factors to consider in taking your first nurse practitioner job. Journal of the Academy of Nurse Practitioners,356-360. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7599.2010.00522.x • Taylor, L. G. (2007). Contract negotiation. Advance for NPs, 15(3), 77. • Valdes-Pierce, C. (2004). New kid on the block. Advance for NPs, 12(11), 45.