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“Tell Me About Yourself” – What an Interviewer Wants to Learn

May 20, 2015 Posted by Remede in Blog
Remede Consulting Group

Competition for the most attractive nursing jobs is fierce, and nurses have to work hard to stand out from the crowd. One of the best ways to land the per diem or travel nursing position of your dreams is to make a great impression in your job interview. Here are some facts and attributes an interviewer wants to learn about you during your next nursing interview:

Personality Type

In an effort to identify the best job candidates, hiring managers often ask nurse candidates to describe their personality types. As awkward as this inquiry can be, it’s important that you answer in a way that reflects your skills and experiences in the nursing field. For best results, focus on how your strengths and attributes led you to succeed in previous positions. For example, you could highlight your social skills and ability to work as part of a team.

Problem-Solving Abilities

From difficult colleagues to staffing shortages, even the best nurses face occasional challenges on the job. As a result, interviewers are likely to ask nursing candidates to describe their skills in problem solving. Instead of offering a blank assurance of your talent in their area, try to think of a time when you handled a tricky work situation with ease. The goal is to show hiring managers that you have the skill and experience to overcome whatever challenges come your way.

Areas of Specialization

The average hiring manager isn’t just interested in soft skills like problem solving and leadership; they also want to know about a nurse’s areas of specialization. For best results in your next interview, prepare to speak about your clinical specialty and any skills or diagnoses for which you are especially knowledgeable. And of course if you’re applying for a job as an OBGYN nurse, you should be sure to read up on recent developments in the field before your interview.

Give Your Job Search a Boost with Remede

An expert in healthcare staffing, Remede helps candidates locate and land great positions in per diem and travel nursing. We pride ourselves on working with you throughout the interview process so you have a better chance of scoring your dream job. Contact us today to speak with our recruiters.