Interview Tips

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Interview Tips

Preparing for an interview takes time, research and practice before you have the call or meet on-site. Your main objective throughout your search is to secure face-to-face interviews and, ultimately, job offers.  Interviewing tends to be uncomfortable for most people—including the employers you will speak to about joining their organizations. However, the more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will feel and each interview you go through will help you prepare for the next ones. We offer many interview tips.

Here are some suggestions to reduce your nervousness and improve your chance of a successful PNP interview experience. These interview tips cover what to do before an interview, what to expect during an interview, and what to do after an interview. They are the result of coaching pediatric nurse practitioners and feedback from the recruiters, managers, and physicians from hospitals and clinics.

Do Your Research

Preparing for an interview means learning about the employer including the hospital or clinic and all the staff and providers. Being prepared demonstrates your sincere interest in the position to the potential employer. It is also part of your due diligence to help you to determine if the organization is a good fit for you. It will also help you craft relevant questions so you can learn more about the job and the employer can see that you are interested and thoughtful. What kind of information should you research about an employer? Here are some things to consider:

  • Look at annual reports/financial statements for hospitals and look for expansion plans or remodeling.  The financial health of the facility matters to you.  What is the percentage of Children’s Medicaid and CHIP patients and is that sustainable? Where are potential billing opportunities if applicable?
  • Hospital and clinic websites describing the facility information as well as services provided in the unit or clinic in which you hope to work. Think about reading some articles published by faculty or other NP’s. This will help you familiarize yourself with their interests.
  • What are the reputation, philosophy and culture of the hospital or clinic as well as the unit and its team members? Has that culture changed with a changing practice (more team members, shifts in roles and responsibilities?)
  • Who works at the clinic or in the unit? Think about the whole team (RN’s, management, case managers, social workers, rehabilitation services).
  • What do they care about? Including research, where they volunteer, and anything else they may be involved in. Very important to ask what are the team members’ interests outside of the clinical work and how do they pursue them?
  • Are there any recent news reports on the hospital or the individuals on the team?
  • Do they have an academic affiliation? Do the NP’s have an association with local nursing schools? Do they have teaching/precepting responsibilities?
  • What is the specific patient population being treated and what are their specialty areas of practice?  Within the specific patient population, what is the focus?  If you do not have a background or experience with the related care and pathology of these patients, learn.

 

With this information you can be prepared for a call or an on-site visit with questions relevant to what the person you are interviewing with cares about, and any concerns that may surface for you. Ask questions without making assumptions, and this information will enable you to have a more relevant dialogue with people. You might find it helpful to speak to current employees about their experiences with the organization. Interviewing is a two-way process. Employers use interviews to determine the best candidate, but you should also use an interview to determine if the position and the organization fit your requirements. Always make sure their questions about you are answered. The majority of the time when a person takes a job for the sake of a job and it is not the right fit, the job may not last long.  Investing the time up front in your job search pays off long-term, in terms of both the level of job satisfaction and a resume that becomes an asset when you pursue your next job.