Nurse Anesthetist Job Interview Preparation
The interview stage for a nurse anesthetist job is where your employer will evaluate your personality and communication skills. Your technical abilities will play only a small role in this interview as they have been demonstrated in your anesthesiology certificate and your Nurse Anesthetist residency.
Brush up on Your Communication Skills
Preparation for a nurse anesthetist interview involves working on your communication skills. Be prepared to answer hypothetical questions regarding patient scenarios that are likely to occur on the job as well as those that may never happen. The best preparation for this is practice. Make use of the friendships you have made going through school and residency by having interview preparation meetings with your fellow graduates. If you all prepare interview questions and conduct mock-interviews with one another, you will become more comfortable in answering scenario questions. Remember, you can never be too prepared. The more practice you have, the more comfortable you will be, and the better articulated your responses will be on interview day.
Work on Your Bedside Manner
The nature of the nurse anesthetist position will have your interviewer looking for a demonstrated appropriate bedside manner as well as the ability to talk to patients in informative plain language. During the interview, make sure you let the friendly and understanding qualities of your personality show. Practicing these skills before the interview is also important. Talk shop with friends or family members who were not in the program with you. They will be the best judges of whether you are able to communicate in language plain enough for the average person to understand.
Expand Your Nurse Anesthetist Skill Portfolio
The interviewers will also be looking for a demonstrated ability of such things as attention to detail, the ability to stay calm under pressure, the ability to sit still for long periods of time without losing focus, and the ability to work well with others. The only way to demonstrate these important nurse anesthetist skills is to communicate what you do in your free time.
If you have experience with art, if you play sports, if you are a member of clubs or committees, or even if you are an avid video-gamer may not seem relevant but they all demonstrate skills and abilities that are directly related to the position of nurse anesthetist. Involvement in art demonstrates attention to detail, playing sports demonstrates physical capabilities and the ability to work well in a team, memberships in clubs and committees demonstrate that you have valuable people skills, and playing video games demonstrates stamina and dexterity. In addition, do not forget to mention if you are a speaker of a language other than your native one. Even elementary knowledge and understanding in another language is a valuable skill for the nurse anesthetist position and it should be communicated to the interviewer to make you a more attractive candidate.
Be Yourself at the Interview
The final and most important factor in making this a successful interview is to be yourself. It is tempting to try and portray yourself as someone you think the interviewers want you to be. In reality, your employer really wants to see who you are. If you cannot be comfortable as yourself at the interview, it is going to tell the interviewers that you will not be able to handle the pressures on the job.