It may have been decades since you last prepared for an interview or this could be your first interview for your first job in a perioperative setting. Whatever your situation is these six tips will help you be better prepared for your next interview. Preparation is indeed the key to interview success, so read on and best of luck in landing your next perioperative position.
1. Be on Time and Turn Off Your Phone
Follow the tried and true advice and arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview time to ensure you demonstrate your timeliness and organization skills from the start. Plus, it helps to not be in a rush as it will affect how you interact with your interviewer. To avoid interruptions, remember to turn your phone off just before you go into the interview.
2. Get Comfortable Talking About Yourself
Be prepared to discuss your key accomplishments for each position and have a “two-minute pitch” about what you can do for the employer, in case you’re asked the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question. Share how success was measured in each previous role, and how you achieved it. Talk about any metrics that were used. For your “two-minute pitch,” summarize what you offer the facility as it relates to the specific job that you’re interviewing for.
3. Find Their Pain Points
What are the facility’s “pain points” and how can you help? Attempt to get an understanding about what the facility needs from the position. Describe what makes you uniquely qualified to solve these challenges. Focus on what you’ve done the last 5 years of your career or if you’re new to nursing, share your willingness to learn and your problem solving skills.
4. Ask Good Questions
Why is the position open? Is it a new position or did someone leave the facility? If so, why did the person leave? How will success be measured in the position? What will the person need to achieve the first 90 days to 6 months on the job to get an outstanding performance rating? Ask about the culture of the facility. What is the perioperative nurse turnover rate? What does the facility do to promote a great work culture? What are the professional development opportunities?
5. Keep Calm and Evaluate
While it’s normal to be nervous, relax, take a deep breath and remember that an interview is simply an opportunity to exchange information to see if there is a match. You’re evaluating the facility as much as they’re evaluating you. Avoid putting all the pressure on yourself as the interviewer wants to present the facility and the position is a positive light as well.
6. Be Comfortable Yet Professional
If you haven’t been in the job market for a while or are looking for your first job, you may be wondering what to wear. Wear something that you feel great in as that confidence will go a long way. You don’t want to be worried about a wardrobe malfunction and have anything to distract you from the task at hand. Long sleeves, a jacket, and pants are recommended. Don’t have a suit? Matching separates are fine.
Most importantly, have fun as your attitude will be the first thing your interviewer will notice. We’re also aware that even knowing where to start looking for a new job can be challenging. Don’t forget to look to the AORN Career Center to save time and get access to employers who are focused on hiring OR nurses. Potential employers use the AORN Career Center because they know they’ll find the most qualified OR nurses. Good luck!