How to Highlight your Resume During a Job Interview and Nail it!

In one of my last blog posts I wrote about how to nail a virtual interview. As we approach the end of this month and hopefully soon, the end of this pandemic, I wanted to give some tips for nurses to nail their next in person interview. I’ll also go over some great resume resources, this will help put your best foot forward and stand apart from the competition.  

1. Study Common Healthcare Interview Questions and Answers

Whether you’re applying for a job at a hospital or clinic, chances are management will be asking you similar questions in the interview.

One of the best interviewing tips for nurses is to study these questions in advance and prepare your answers. Some questions that might come your way include:

  • What is the most difficult part of being in healthcare?
  • Do you like working alone or with a team?
  • What would you do if a patient was constantly complaining about pain?
  • What are your top skills/weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why do you want this job?

2. Dress the Part

Always, always, make sure you dress the part. Clothing plays a big role in your confidence and self-esteem, meaning that one of the biggest interview tips for nurses is taking your outfit seriously.

I am all for personal style and expression. For the initial interview it is best to wear something more business formal. Make sure you feel comfortable. When you feel good about how you look it’ll boost your confidence and you will be ready to take on anything that comes your way. 

3. Know your resume front and back!

If you don’t know what is on your resume , you may become nervous and tend to glance down at your resume to verify your job history and education when they ask. The interviewer will pick up on your nervousness if you keep glancing down to verify your job history and education. Its always best to memorize all the details so you come off as cool and collected when asked about yourself.

Its best to walk into the interview with both your cover letter and resume. When writing your cover letter, try to remember the following :

  • Avoid “To whom it may concern.” Know the name of the person who does the hiring.
  • Tailor your letter to the employer. Mention their mission statement and how your goals match. Tell a brief personal story that illustrates why you want to work in a particular area, and list any unique skills pertinent to the position.
  • Thank the reader for his/her time, and include your phone number.

Your success will largely depend on how you present yourself in your nursing resume. Listed below are a few pointers to remember: 

  • DO use the chronological format for your work experience. List jobs starting with the most recent. If experience is limited, focus on skills, special activities, volunteering and association with professional organizations.
  • DO use good quality paper without designs or borders. Use 1-inch margins, 12-point type, and an uncluttered look. Use bullet points.
  • DON’T include a photo or list health, hobbies, marital status, family information or your GPA. “Recruiters tell us that …you can have a high GPA, but that doesn’t make you a good clinical nurse,” Cardillo says.
  • DON’T list references or say “References available upon request.” This is understood.
  • Always bring a hard copy

4. Ask Questions

Never feel uncomfortable about asking questions. Always remember to ask questions. The interview isn’t just for the interviewee to learn more about you. 

Asking questions will put you in a position to learn more about the position, where you will be working, and whether or not it’s right for your personal and professional needs. By all means ask whatever you think will help you, such as the work culture, job responsibilities and overtime pay.

5. Research the Facility

Always research the facility ahead of time. This will eliminate a potentially embarrassing situation of asking a question in the interview that could have easily been looked up online. This potentially could come off as not being prepared. 

6.  Be Yourself

Everything above is crucial, but at the end of the day, its important to be yourself. If you get hired, the persona presented during the interview. As a nurse you already possess such great qualities. Allow that to come through during the interview, if you are authentic, it will come off as such. 

You got into nursing because you love helping people – not because you love interviewing.

Even for the most experienced nurses, Interviews can be tough. Try to keep these points in mind when you go for your next interview. The goal is to help you calm your nerves, play it cool, and walk away with your ideal nursing job.

By Julia Samaniego.

A Focused Approach to Medical Staffing

ultraHealth Agency, is an exciting medical staffing company that truly focuses on a white glove approach. ultraHealth came to fruition after seeing gaps in the market not being filled and the healthcare professionals looking for work feeling undervalued. We are changing that, we have a very human approach to recruitment and are candidate focused. We consider ultraHealth to be a community, made up of a strong home base with the team we have put together, the amazing pool of candidates in our pipeline, and the facilities we work with. We offer our services that go above and beyond traditional placement.We are able to do this by connecting premium, contracted and placement medical professionals with hospitals and specialty care facilities.

As a startup , ultraHealth Agency right now focuses primarily on the Los Angeles Area. We are located in Pasadena, Ca and have built close ties with the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. While this may seem limited, it allows us to focus.

Our Process:

  1. Although it has become industry standard for recruiters to look at a resume in a 6 second time span, our team goes through resumes thoroughly. We do this because we will be bringing these people for an in person interview.
  2. In person interviews are at the core of our business. We want to get to know the people we are interviewing. We pride ourselves in being a strong representative of our candidates, but it works both ways, they are a reflection of us and it is important that we have quality candidates who are both compassionate and professional.
  3. Every one of our candidates are fully credentialed. Our team has credentialing specialists that are PES certified which allows them to validate proficiency in the enrollment process, identify any knowledge gaps, and create a training roadmap. Our credentialing process affords us a prompt provider enrollment process. We combine our internal efforts with third party verification processes that are local, regional, and national. They conduct background checks consisting of criminal history, a sex offender search, school graduation verification, disciplinary records, insurance claims, license verification, HIPPA, and DEA.
  4. We find the right match. We work hard to match goals both short and long term; caregivers want to be in facilities they deem as a good fit and facilities like having happy employees

We strongly feel that our model will be the crème de la crème of local Per Diem and Placement staffing solutions to healthcare facilities. Allow us to help with your staffing needs!

www.ultrahealthagency.com . 877.390.0992. info@ultrahealthagency.com

Why a Recent Grad Could Be Your Best Candidate

In our line of work, we have found so many great candidates with so much potential yet many positions out there require some experience for certain jobs, this is especially true in healthcare. When considering your next hire, consider hiring a recent college graduate, it could be just the right decision for your company.

Below are a few  reasons why:

1. Training- Teach and mold as you see fit for your company
A major advantage of hiring a recent college grad is that you may very well be the first to train them professionally. They may have had internships in college but as an employer you will be the first to  actually implement processes and policies in the workplace. They  will soak up all they have to learn in respects to  your systems, how your company does things, and what works for you. Hiring a new grad is a great opportunity to mold positive habits rather than trying to undue bad habits, this is  a huge advantage.

2. Ready, willing and able
At ultraHealth we are always are looking for fresh new ideas, new skills, and new perspectives to our team. We have been able to implement this with our college interns. Our hopes are to assist them in their job search after college while gaining meaningful experience. But for the graduates ready to work, they want to prove themselves as assets and contributors to the company’s overall mission and values. For employers,  this is a great chance to hire that up-and-comer who is  motivated and talented and ready  to make an impact to your company.

3. Emphasis on diversity and culture
From many of my previous articles and interviews, a common theme has been culture and improving overall or maintaining positive culture. Hiring young talent could be great PR for the company. Young people want to love where they work. Through word of mouth, it is culture that will drive young people to  want your  workplace to become “the place” that job seekers want to go to for innovation and ideas that embraces diversity. Hiring recent grads is where this pays off, they will share their satisfaction online, and various social media platforms that may attract other great talent to want to work at your company.

4. Technologically savvy
With a younger work force, you will rarely ever have to worry about technology learning curves.  With recent college grads, they’ve grown up around technology – and it will make it that much easier to become familiar with company . This will save the employer so much time on training and will allow the recent grads time to focus on working hard and establishing their place in the company.

5. Motivating your current staff

Sometimes complacency is a problem at work, this can be especially concerning when innovation and growth is such a big part of the company mission and culture. Hiring a rising young star, that  is a go-getter with confidence could help in  motivating current complacent employees. There is always the risk of creating division between the top performers who have been there for quite some time and the eager newcomers, still, both should be encouraged, because those eager newcomers can very well turn into your top superstars as well.

At ultraHealth Agency we have 3 great interns; Cynthia Aparicio, Collette Ussery, and Aubree Ouellette. They have been with us for a few months now and have brought so much life to our company and fresh ideas to help grow our company. We decided to hire interns for all the reasons mentioned above, but more than anything we want to encourage them to keep reaching for their goals and aspirations and if we can assist in anyway, we are here to do so. Check out our college corner to learn more about these amazing women. They are ready to work and already have impressive accomplishments under the belts. Check them out, you’d be lucky just as we have been to hire them to be a part of your team!