PNP Job On-site Interview Tips

Congratulations, you have a PNP job interview! Here are some tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through follow-up.

First, most likely you will be given an itinerary with the following information If not you can ask for it:

  • How many individuals will be interviewing you with their names and titles.
  • The exact time, date, and place, with clear instructions about how to get to the location and to the location of the first interview.
  • A projected length for the interview.
  • Any required paperwork, such as your driver’s license, social security card, documentation of certification or education.

Test the directions provided by commuting to the location the day before the interview so you know how much time to allow yourself for traffic, parking etc. Try to conduct your test at approximately the same time you will be going for the interview, so you will have a good idea about the amount of traffic you can expect and determine the parking arrangements. Keep in mind that you may have to park a distance from the interview location, so you will want to add extra time to your travel schedule to park and walk to the interview location.

Bring the following to your interview:

  • Extra resume(s)
  • References list
  • Professional folder with your resume, any associated projects/papers which may be relevant and paper for notes
  • Letters of recommendation, if requested
  • Required documentation

Plan to wear business attire without exception. As professionals, the recommended colors are navy, black and gray.  Limit the amount of jewelry you wear. Avoid perfume or aftershave, but good hair care, manicured nails, and mouthwash are recommended. Get to the interview approximately 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time.  This will demonstrate that you are eager to interview and are prompt about deadlines. Use the extra time to use the facilities to check your appearance and wash and dry your hands for that greeting handshake. Arriving more than 15 minutes early may be a negative; the interviewer may not be ready for the interview and you could throw the interviewer’s schedule off. Make sure you have something to eat and drink before the interview.

 

Interview Tip: Arriving more than 15 minutes early may be a negative; the interviewer may not be ready for the interview and you could throw the interviewer’s schedule off.