You bought a new suit and you are ready for the interview. Your CV is flawless and you even seem great on paper. Now, for the last piece of the successful job search puzzle you need to impress them at the interview.
How do you do it? Try asking questions. Besides showing your interest in the position and the Care Home, Private Hospital or Trust, asking questions gives you an active role in the interview and lets you steer the interview into areas where you shine.
To make sure your next interview is as smooth as your freshly pressed suit, try these 10 questions on for size.
“What type of growth and advancement opportunities does this position and the Care Home, Private Hospital or Trust offer?”
This tells the interviewer that you have a long-term vision for your nursing or health care future and that you’re not just looking for a paycheque; you’re looking to secure a career.
“How do you see me benefiting the Care Home, Private Hospital or Trust?”
Finding out why you were selected out of possibly hundreds of other nursing candidates gives you a chance to expand on the qualities that caught their eye, further making the case for your hire.
“What exactly are the job responsibilities?”
Job ads usually list the general areas of responsibility for a position. It’s always good to confirm what the actual duties will be. You don’t want to start your new job as a staff nurse and find out that you’re also responsible for the weekly doughnut run.
“What would my first project be if I’m hired?”
This will give you a specific idea of what you can expect when you walk into the care home or hospital that first day after being hired. It also can give you a heads up as to what will be expected of you as a healthcare assistant, nurse or manager, allowing you to build on those attributes during the interview.
“Who will evaluate me if I’m hired?”
Ask this question, and you’ll discern the care home or hospital structure under which you will be working. For instance, will you report directly to the director of the home or hospital or will there be a succession of care managers between you?
“Are continuing education and professional training available?”
This shows your willingness to learn new skills and adapt to new challenges or initiatives. Adaptability is very important in today’s changing economy and could be key to retaining your job in a reorganisation.
“What is the care home’s or hospital’s culture?”
This will reveal those “intangibles” of a care home or hospital that have nothing to do with professional experience or required education. If you need a traditional structured care home or hospital environment to stay focused and get the job done, a more relaxed, social care home or hospital which allows music streaming from computers and ultraflexible schedules may not be conducive to your productivity as a support worker, nurse or manager.
“Why did you choose this care home or hospital?”
Hearing why a current employee opted to work at the care home or hospital can give you some insight into some of the strengths and opportunities within the organisation.
“When will a decision be made on the successful candidate?”
Knowing this helps you determine the timing of your interview follow-up activities.
“May I contact you if I have other questions?”
It’s always good to wrap up the interview with this question. It keeps the door open for further communication, giving you one last chance to make your case.