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Nurse Practitioner Interview Tips

Published June 10, 2009 8:15 AM by Lynn Schiff

Interviewing for a new position may seem like a challenging task.  Following a few simple guidelines can make all the difference in how you present yourself.

Submitting a professional looking resume is the first step.  Be sure your address, phone, and e-mail are updated and your resume includes your current position.  Double check your resume for accuracy including dates of employment, and don't forget to use spell check.  Use a professional sounding e-mail, and make sure your greeting on voice mail is brief and clearly states your name. 

Potential employers will begin leaving messages by e-mail or phone to set up a telephone screen for their position. Return all messages promptly (within one business day), and express your thanks for the opportunity to meet with them by phone.  If you do take an employer call on your cell phone, make sure you are in a place to give the representative your full attention.

Prior to the phone screen learn as much as you can about the employer by visiting their Web site.  Jot down any questions that come to mind.  Clarify the time of the phone interview and who is to call whom.  For outstate interviews, remember to adjust for the different time zones.  When interviewing, find a quiet place that you will not be interrupted, and if possible, temporarily disable the call waiting feature to limit distractions.

After the phone screen, you will receive notification that your qualifications either match or do not match the position requirements.  If you are a strong match you will be invited to the on-site interview.  Confirm all times and directions with the interviewer prior to your interview date by either phone or e-mail, and be sure to end your correspondence by letting the employer know that you are looking forward to meeting them in person.

First impressions are very important in an interview.  Casual attire is inappropriate for the interview setting and should be avoided.  Skirts, slacks, blouses, suits and sport coats are all very safe choices.  In summertime women can avoid the pantyhose/bare leg conundrum that candidates are concerned about by simply wearing slacks. Safely accessorize your outfit by being understated rather than overstated.  The same goes for hair and makeup. 

Don't forget to follow up your interview with a thank you note, and call the employer directly to express your interest if you aren't hearing anything back after interviewing.  By following these few simple guidelines and visualizing a successful outcome, the interview process will be a breeze!

Lynn Schiff, NP, is the owner of Advanced Practice Solutions, a recruiting firm specializing in permanent and temporary nurse practitioner placements. 


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