Questions Nursing Candidates Should Ask

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As a nursing candidate, you have the confidence and experience to field any interview question that comes your way, no matter how tough your interviewer or how in-depth the session. But when the tables are turned, will you be ready to hand you employer the same 3rd degree treatment? Here are a few key questions you should ask during your meeting. Make note of the answers and factor them into your final decision.

Where can this clinic/hospital system take your career?

Of course you’ll vary your phrasing based on your own personal goals and the nature of this organization. But if there are specific mentors you’d like to work with, certain types of advanced equipment you’d like to learn more about, or certain treatment areas you’d like exposure to, now is the time to say so. When you leave this place, will you take valuable experience and training away with you? The way your interviewers respond may tell you everything you need to know.

Why are these employers interested in you?

If you ask what attracted these employers to your profile, you may learn more about their expectations and the type of clinical environment you’ll be exposed to here. Which of your skill sets and areas of experience do they find the most interesting? These probably align with the tasks you’ll perform and the patient population you’ll interact with most if you decide to accept this position.

Can you describe the culture in this clinic/facility?

The culture of a given workplace can have a powerful impact on your chances of thriving and finding fulfillment here. For nurses especially, the difference between a healthy culture and a toxic culture can be vast. Clinics that encourage growth, teamwork, individual patient focus, respect, and high care standards are probably places where you’ll learn the most and stay the longest. Clinics riddled with mistrust, rigidity, disrespect for staff and patients, toxic hierarchies, and brutal conditions are not likely to keep you on board. If you burnout and return to the job market within a calendar year, you’ll wish you had been more selective.

Night hours and seniority.

Before you accept the job, you’ll need to compare the salary and benefits to market averages in your area. But you’ll also need to think about your schedule and availability. At 24 hour facilities like hospitals, newer nursing staff often handle night shifts for the first month, six months, one year, or even several years. But night shifts are not for everyone. So factor this detail into your decision.

For more on how to get what you need from your interview session, contact the Little Rock healthcare job search professionals at CSS.

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