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The Complete Guide to Nurse Job Interviews

By Angelina Gibson

After all the hard work of the nursing school, cramming for the NCLEX, and sending out countless resumes, you’ve finally secured an interview. So now what? Just show up and win them over with your charming personality?

Not so fast.

If you’ve done some research about job interviews, you know there’s a ton of information out there. Unfortunately, it’s mostly geared towards corporate office jobs.

And interviewing for a nursing job can be very different!

Nursing interviews take a lot of preparation and even more practice. This guide will teach you everything you need to know, step-by-step, about wowing your audience at your next nursing interview!

To get the most out of this guide, download the worksheets, checklists, and sample questions in our free, Career Guide Series Interview Workbook.

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PART ONEInterview Basics

First things first, you need to understand the objective of the interview. By the time you’ve been invited to one, employers have already determined that you have most of the qualifications required.

The purpose of the interview is to determine if they like you and whether you’re a good fit for their team. They also want to see if you’re as good as you seem on paper and can help them reach their goals.

Treat the interview like a conversation where both candidate and employer have a shared goal of getting to know each other.
This is also an opportunity for you to evaluate the role and employer. You’ll be spending most of your time at work, so it’s important to be somewhere that aligns with you core values, helps you reach your goals, and is actually enjoyable – not just tolerable.

With that said, interviewing styles and processes can vary greatly by employer. Chances are, you’ll encounter most of the interview styles discussed in this guide at some point in your career.

Expert Advice
Yaya Genfi, BSN, RN is a Pediatric PICU Travel Nurse and runs a popular YouTube channel and Instagram page. Here’s her secret to a successful nursing interview.

“Do your research on the unit or the floor you are going to be interviewing for. Find out the patient population and what procedures are common on the floor. It’ll be good to already know what to expect and to be able to brush up on your knowledge before you speak to the manager or interviewing nurses.”

PART TWOPrescreen Phone Interviews

This is usually the first step in the hiring process. These short interviews usually take place by phone or at a job fair. They’re not usually conducted by the hiring manager. Instead, you’ll most likely be talking to a recruiter or Human Resources assistant.

The goal is to reduce the number of candidates and invite the best fitting candidates for the next step.

While this interviewer is not usually the person who will hire you, this will be the first person who can reject you if you seem unqualified in any way. They are masterful at asking short-ended, straightforward questions to quickly obtain the information they need.

Make sure you give the right answers that will convince them to send you to the next stage. They’ll ask basic qualifying questions about:

Education
Employment status
Clinical experience
Goals
Here are some tips to get you through this first round.

What NOT To Do In A Phone Interview
Miss the call. Employers will rarely cold-call you. They’ll likely schedule this call with you in advance via email. This is your first impression!

If the call is missed, they may not leave a voicemail and just disqualify you right away. It just looks bad. Don’t do it unless there’s an absolute emergency.

Take the call in a busy room. Find a quiet place to talk, free of loud noises and distractions. You shouldn’t be talking to others, typing, shopping, driving, eating or chewing.

Never put your interviewer on hold. (Yes, this actually happens!)

Ramble or be silent. Let’s face it, phone interviews are strange. You can’t read body language or get a feel for how the interviewer is reacting to your answers. There’s a lot of awkward laughing.

However, it’s still important to answer questions directly and to the point, without rambling or making things more uncomfortable by being silent.

Follow the interviewer’s lead!

Speak negatively. No one likes a “negative Nancy”. You should never complain or speak negatively about past (or current) employers. Also, slang and curse words are never to be used in an interview.

What You Should Do
Know your availability. The interviewer’s goal is to invite the best candidates to an in-person interview. Many extend an invitation during the screening interview. Have your calendar and availability ready.

Ask about next steps. Have you ever ended a phone interview feeling confused about what’s next? While interviewers should tell you the next steps, they often are in a rush and miss this step.

Make sure to ask about next steps and to clarify them when they tell you. If invited for an in person interview, make sure to know:

Who will interview you
Meeting time
Location
Contact information
PART THREEIn-Person Interviews

Give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve made it past the phone screen and landed a face-to-face interview!

At this point, you know your qualifications fit some, most, or even all of their needs. Now they need to get to know you as a person to see if you’re as good as you look on paper.

They also want to make sure you have the right personality that will fit in with the rest of the team.

Here are a few types of in-person interviews you may encounter.

SELECTION INTERVIEW

This is your first opportunity to meet the hiring manager. There’s no special formula to this interview (though, some may use a score sheet).

Ultimately, they are determining if they personally like you. This includes a number of things:

How they feel about you
How you’ll fit within their unit
Your level of enthusiasm
How your strengths can help them reach their goals
Use this as a chance to match yourself to the role through your personal experiences, stories and charming personality.

SERIES INTERVIEW

This is one of those situations where you’ll be interviewed, individually, by multiple people back-to-back. Series interviews are usually utilized for management-level roles.

It is actually a combination of a pre-screen and a selection interview because you are meeting each person for the first time. Each interviewer is also involved in the decision-making process.

Make sure to treat each new interviewer with eagerness and answer the questions thoroughly while engaging in meaningful conversation.

Keep in mind that each interviewer will compare notes after the interview. Be consistent when answering the same question several times. Nothing looks worse to a hiring manager than different answers to the same question.

PANEL INTERVIEW

Has this ever happened to you? You head into an interview prepared to meet with one person only to find three other people staring back at you. Awkward.

If that’s never happened to you, you’re lucky because it’s fairly common. This is why you should come to your interview prepared to meet several people. That’s why it’s always good to bring at least five copies of your resume.

The panel interview can leave interviewees feeling vulnerable and reactive. While employers gain valuable insight from multiple department leads, candidates can feel rushed and overwhelmed.

Ample preparation is a sure way to boost your confidence. Our best advice is to maintain eye contact with all participants, engage in conversation with the entire group, share personal stories, and smile!

PEER INTERVIEW

Chances are, you’ll encounter a peer interview at some point in your nursing job search. Most facilities utilize them.

In this situation, the candidate is interviewed by their potential co-workers. It provides an opportunity to ask the staff-specific questions and gain insider feedback. It also gives the staff the opportunity to be involved in the selection process.

They want to know that you can do the job and also that you’ll fit in well with their team and unit culture. Be prepared with stories to share regarding specific clinical and behavioral based questions.

COMMON STRUCTURE OF AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW

Introduction is made within the first 5-10 minutes. It may include casual conversation to break the ice and build rapport.
Information gathering and questions/answers generally span about 20-45 minutes. This is the interviewer’s time to determine your match for the role and for you to express your qualifications.
Closing remarks will take place during the last 5 minutes or so. This is your opportunity to ask any unanswered questions. Make sure to have at least 2-3 prepared questions to ask (in case you can’t think of any on the spot.)
Expert Advice
Monique Doughty BSN-RN, is a Critical Care travel nurse and entrepreneur providing advice, inspiration, and support for future and current nurses through her blog The Resilient Nurse. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

“Before your interview, research the company’s mission and purpose and feel comfortable enough to discuss their core values. Dress professionally for business, perform a mock interview with a friend, and make eye contact. Finally, believe in your talents and know you are fully deserving of this position.”

PART FOURInterview Preparation

Now that you know what type of interview situations to expect, it’s time to get ready for your actual interview.

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

As you can guess, when it comes to interviewing, preparation is everything. There are some important things you should do before your first interview.

WRITE IT ALL DOWN

This guide will take you through some exercises that call for self-assessment and employer research. It’s recommended that you go through them by writing your answers down.

That’s right, write it down using actual pen and paper. Though handwritten notes are quickly becoming a thing of the past, studies have shown that those who hand write notes comprehend and retain more than those who type them out.

To make this process easier, download our free interview prep workbook to begin your research process.

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ANALYZE AND COMPARE

The first thing you’ll want to do is analyze the job posting and compare your qualifications. So read the job posting thoroughly. Then read it again. Break it all down by making a comparative list.

On one side, list the qualifications the employer is seeking. On the other side, list your skills (hard and soft), accomplishments, stories and examples that directly meet the employer’s needs.

Know your personal goals and what you can contribute.

RESEARCH THE FACILITY!

In the age of information, everything you need to know is simply a click away. While reading the job posting is important, there’s much left unsaid.

You need to know your audience. They’ll ask specific questions about their hospital and if you haven’t done your research, they’ll know. It is also a great way for you to learn more about the role you’re actually applying for.

Start by checking out their website and answering the following questions:

What are the facility’s mission, vision, and values?
What is the facility’s designation?
What population do they serve?
What have they been awarded or recognized for?
REVIEW SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

Find your potential employer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin and answer the following questions:

How are they interacting?
What are they reposting?
How are their employees commenting?
What do patients say in their ratings?
This all helps you to get a feel for their values and culture.

FIND FIRST-HAND INFORMATION

There are many websites that allow customers, patients, and employees to leave reviews about hospitals. Finding nurse-specific information can be a little more difficult.

Read reviews from other nurses on our hospitals page or check out other online nursing forums to see what your colleagues are saying.

FIND SALARY INFORMATION

Be prepared for the somewhat awkward conversation of salary by doing your research about the pay at the facility and in your location in general.

There are websites that list employee compensation. Ask around in online nursing forums or to friends. You can also check our article that breaks down average Registered Nursing pay by state.

CLEAN UP YOUR OWN SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

Social media is often a potential employer’s first impression of a candidate. Clean up your accounts and make sure that it is the best reflection of you. It’s best to do so before you submit your resume, but if you haven’t, do it now.

Here are a few tips:

Have appropriate profile photos on all accounts.
For LinkedIn post a professional style photo to your profile.
Edit the biographies, headings and descriptions on all accounts to reflect who you are professionally. Or, leave it blank.
Run a Google search of your first and last name. Make sure all photos of you are tasteful and appropriate. If you find any inappropriate photos remove them.
Change your privacy settings to private if you do not want potential employers to view your social media profiles and photos. If you choose to leave your settings public, we recommend deleting any compromising photos and updates.
Review all accounts: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin. You never know what platforms they’ll look at.
Social media and online activity can also be positive! For example, if you run a blog, Instagram or YouTube channel related to your career, employers may view that as a testament to your dedication. Be sure to talk about those side projects during your interview!

PART FIVETry A Mock Interview

We’ve all been there. You know, when you think of the perfect answer to a question after the opportunity to answer is long gone?

Don’t let this happen to you during an interview. Think of the perfect answers, stories, and examples before the interview. That way, you can wow them with your thoughtful, specific replies.

Ask a friend, mentor, or even another recruiter to help you prepare for your interview. They should ask a few common (behavioral and clinical) nursing questions and provide you with real feedback. Tell them to be brutally honest!

To be clear, we’re not telling you to prepare and rehearse scripted answers. Please don’t do that. Use the ideas you come up with during practice to guide your answers when it’s show time.

If you can’t find anyone to help you with a mock interview, you can simulate the experience by writing the questions in our downloadable workbook on pieces of paper and throwing them in a jar.
Pull the questions out randomly and it will train your mind to pivot quickly between questions.

Download the entire workbook for sample questions, self-assessments, and checklists for interviewing success!

PART SIXControl Your Body language

Body language can portray our true emotions and feelings before we ever open our mouths.

Watch yourself answering questions in a mirror. If you watch while you’re talking on the phone, chances are you’ll make the same expressions while interviewing.

There are few things you should take note of while you practice.

FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

Do you furrow your eyebrows? That could be a sign of anger.
Avoid eye contact? That could portray a lack of confidence and/or dishonesty.
HAND PLACEMENT

Do you talk with your hands a lot? Or, not enough?
Try observing your hands while you talk. Are they a distraction?
Are they awkwardly placed?
Do you touch your hair? Others could read that as being nervous.
Nail biter? Distraction. We recommend keeping your hands in your lap and using them occasionally to emphasize points.
If you have a nervous habit that involves your hands, consider holding a paper clip to keep your habit under control.
POSTURE

Strong posture portrays confidence while bad posture can send the opposite message. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor, eyes forward, and shoulders squared towards your interviewer.

NON-VERBAL CUES

As previously mentioned, interviewers are paying just as much attention to your non-verbal cues as they are to what you say. Follow these tips for success:

Greet everyone you meet with kindness. Word travels fast in the little world of hospitals. Smile at the Janitor, thank the Receptionist.
Offer a firm, confident handshake. While soft handshakes may seem welcoming, it’s actually incredibly awkward for the interviewer.
Cell phone etiquette – turn it OFF. Don’t even look at your phone while you’re waiting in the lobby. Scrolling through your phone while you wait can give off negative non-verbal cues such as intimidation, defeat, distraction or boredom. Never text or answer your phone during an interview.
Exude confidence. Maintain good eye contact, strong posture, intentional hand placement.
Refrain from fidgeting. No tapping your toes or fingers. No nail biting. No hair touching. No pen-clicking. Hold a paperclip if you tend to fidget.
Don’t chew gum.
Hopefully, once the interview kicks off you’ll feel really comfortable and welcomed. If not, here are some more tips to help you successfully make it through:

Think of the interview as a conversation. How would you talk with someone you first met? Would you awkwardly state rehearsed textbook answers? Probably not. You’d likely tell stories and ask questions, you know, engage in conversation.Let your personality shine! Laugh a little, it’s ok!
Mirror your interviewer. We’re not telling you to copy their every move. However, communication 101 teaches that people feel most comfortable around other people with whom they relate through non-verbal communication including body placement and voice-tone.

For example, if your interviewer leans to the right, you lean slightly to the right as well. If your interviewer is enthusiastic, be enthusiastic, too. Don’t go overboard, or make it noticeable but, do try it.
Silence is golden. We tend to fear silence and attempt to replace it with filler words that can often take us off focus. We suggest taking a slight (2-3 second) pauses after every question to retain the question and offer the most meaningful response.
You don’t have to know everything. Actually, the goal of the interview is not to find the candidate who knows the most. Managers want employees who are teachable and trainable not, “know-it-alls.” Many employers will appreciate someone who is honest and says, “I don’t know but, here’s how I’d find the answer”. As opposed to making something up or reciting a Google response.
ILLEGAL QUESTIONS

Take note of the following questions because they are illegal for employers to ask:

Where were you born?
Where are your parents from?
How old are you?
When are you getting married?
When are you having children?
What is your religion?
What is your native language?
When were you born?
Are you a United States Citizen?
What is your ethnicity?
If you are asked any of these questions or a variation of the question, you are not required to answer. We’d encourage you to consider ending the interview. Would you want to work for someone who asks illegal and discriminatory questions?

PART SEVENBe A Storyteller

It’s extremely difficult to get a glimpse of who someone really is if they are simply spewing off textbook, generic, scripted answers. This is why most health care employers have resorted to asking behavioral questions.

While some may still ask basic NCLEX, resume, and case-based questions; being prepared to answer behavioral questions will take your interview to the next level.

Our top interviewing advice for answering behavioral questions is to tell real-life stories about your unique experience as a Nurse (or, a non-Nurse if the question permits).
Storytelling is powerful and memorable. Most importantly, it provides evidence to support the assertions made in your resume. It gives the employer a glimpse at the type of nurse (and human being) you are.

They get a better idea of how you think, how you react, how you solve problems, and what you value.

As a rule of thumb, if you are ever stuck by a question, tell a story.

When thinking of stories to share, write down times when you:

Felt proud
Felt appreciated
Felt challenged
Felt defeated
Then, for each of these situations answer the following:

What was the exact situation?
How did you react?
What specific steps did you take? If it was a negative situation, did anything positive result from it?
What did you learn from the situation?
Storytelling during interviews does have some rules that we’d suggest following. We don’t want the story to get drawn out and spun off into oblivion.

The key to storytelling is to remain concise, describe the specific steps you took, and talk about what you learned from the situation.

There’s a secret formula to answering nursing interview questions and it will make you a STAR!

The type of storytelling we recommend during an interview is referred to as the STAR format. For interviewing purposes, the acronym STAR represents the four components of a good answer:

Situation
Task
Actions
Results
Does that sound familiar? The nursing profession uses a similar communication process referred to as SBAR. The acronym SBAR represents the four components of effective communication in nursing:

Situation
Background
Assessment
Recommendation
For interviewing purposes, the STAR format is similar to the SBAR process. However, it does vary slightly.

The point to answering questions in this manner is to prove to the interviewer, undoubtedly, that you know your stuff. Here’s a step-by-step method to telling a story with the STAR process:

Describe the circumstances
Explain the challenges and/or provide background details
Use a step-by-step approach to reflect on the resolution
Explain the outcome
Share key takeaways: positive outcomes, what you learned, how you’ve changed.
Here’s how to understand the STAR format:

SITUATION

Begin your story by painting a specific picture of the situation you faced. Then, answer the following:

What was the exact situation?
Who was involved (address them by name)?
Why did the situation happen?
For example:

“I love to get to know my patients. It was my first day of my second travel nursing assignment. I met my first patient, Elizabeth, and she was doing well managing her labor and was in good spirits awaiting the birth of her son, Cedric. Her husband laughed at the way I pronounced the name of their hometown, Puyallup.”

TASK (OR, BACKGROUND)

Use this opportunity to explain your specific role in the task. Then, answer the following:

Why were you involved in the task?
What is the background story?
For example:

“After about 20 minutes of tracking the baby’s heartbeat, I noticed that is was dropping.”

ACTION

Discuss, very specifically, the actions you took to resolve the situation. Then answer the following:

What were the steps you took toward resolving the situation?
Why did you choose to complete the tasks this way?
For example:

“I explained to Elizabeth that her baby may not like her laying on the right side so I helped her onto her left side and asked her to take slow, deep breaths.

I observed for a few minutes without increase and then turned Elizabeth back to her right side.

Her baby’s heartbeat did not increase. I told Elizabeth that she would be just fine and asked her husband to coach her breathing.

I called the Midwife and continued to coach Elizabeth through her breathing. Her Midwife, Audrey, decreased the Pitocin and explained to Elizabeth that if the baby’s heart rate did not increase, she would be sent for an emergency cesarean section.”

RESULT

Clearly detail the result of your actions and highlight your strengths. Then, answer the following:

What was the outcome?
How did you feel about the result?
What did you learn?
How did this situation influence who you are today?
“Happily, my close observation and care resulted in the vaginal birth of a beautiful baby boy named, Cedric. I remain in contact with Elizabeth and her family on Facebook. She often sends me photos of Cedric, even now, 2 years later.

I ended up extending my contract at that facility and was offered a Charge Nurse position. I learned that building a strong connection with my patient from the start can have positive lasting results. And, it’s just who I am.”

BE REAL

Managers are not looking for the “right” answer all the time. You don’t have to always talk about the times you were a superhero. They are looking to learn more about you and your abilities, hear about your self-awareness, responsibilities, thought process, and past experiences.

For behavioral questions, keep in mind that most interviewers will ask some variation of the same 30 questions. A good tactic is to think of specific stories in STAR format to match all 30 of these commonly asked behavior-based questions.

You’ll find a list of these questions in our downloadable guide.

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TASK PRIORITIZATION QUESTIONS

There’s a growing trend of interviewers asking interviewees to place random tasks in specific order and explain why the interviewee would complete the tasks in that order.

It would benefit you to review specific clinical duties related to the unit you are interviewing for. Take a few moments to think about how you would complete the following tasks and why?

Handheld phone is ringing.
A patient’s wound dressing needs changing.
Heart monitor in another room is sounding.
SAT monitor beeping.
PART EIGHTStand Out With A Portfolio

A sure way to stand out from other candidates is to prepare your professional nursing portfolio.

A nurse portfolio provides tangible evidence to the statements made both on your resume and during your interview. It is both a valuable tool to be utilized at career fairs and networking events as well as at interviews.

We suggest creating your portfolio early in your career and adding to it as your career progresses. When providing it at an interview, be sure to bring at least five copies.

The supplies you’ll need to develop your portfolio include:

3 ring binder or presentation folder
Clear divider sheets
Labels
Color printer
Always include the following documents in your portfolio (colored copies are a nice touch):

Cover page: First Name, Last Name, and nursing credentials.
Current resume
Nurse license
Degree/Diploma
Letters of Recommendation
Performance reviews
Nursing credentials (copies of both front and back of the cards)
Certificates, special training, and awards
It is optional to include the following:

Patient education plans you wrote
Your personal statement of nursing
Protocols and procedures
College and university transcripts
Annual skills checklist
Job descriptions from every role you’ve worked
Written summaries of patient stories in which you played a key role.
PART NINEGive a Strong Close

The end of an interview can feel a little awkward but, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what you should prepare for.

QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK

Near the close of the interview, you’ll likely be asked if you have questions. Hopefully, you’ll still have unanswered questions. If not, don’t stare silently at your interviewer.

Ask them one of your prepared questions. That’s right, have a few written in your notebook to ask just in case your mind goes blank. Here are a few to jot down:

How long did the previous nurse hold this role? Why did that nurse leave?
What is the turnover rate for this unit?
What would a successful first year in this position look like to you?
How will a new person in this role be trained?
How would you describe the culture on this unit?
What types of nurses thrive on this unit? What types of nurses don’t do well?
Could you tell me about a nurse who really excels at their job, what makes their performance so outstanding?
How will my performance be evaluated?
What makes this unit a great place to work?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
Are there any reservations you still have about my fit for the position that I can address now?
What is your timeline for getting back to candidates about next steps?
CLARIFY NEXT STEPS

One of the worst feelings is waiting in limbo for an employer to call. Save yourself the stress by asking about or clarifying next steps.

Ask for a business card or contact information (you’ll need this later!). Make sure to thank your interviewer for their time. Reiterate your strengths and remind the interviewer how awesome you are.

PART TENFinal Preparations

Ease your nerves by preparing for the interview at least a full day in advance. The last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed or stressed the day of the interview. To prepare for the interview do the following:

Know the name of your interviewer or who you are meeting with first.

Write down the specifics about the interview: date, time, location.

Get precise directions, in advance. Have the address written (or printed) and even marked in your GPS. If you are interviewing in a hospital and have the time, we suggest driving to the facility a few days before your interview. Find the best route, scope out parking options, learn the directions to your interviewer’s office.

Think about your appearance. Take a peek at the weather and dress appropriately. We suggest business or business casual attire. Keep your hair out of your face and ditch the heavy fragrance.

Try on and lay out your clothes the night before so there are no surprises like missing buttons or hidden stains that you’ll have to deal with the next morning.

Pack an ‘interview kit’ to help you feel comfortable and prepared. Consider including items such as:

Extra copies of your resume
A notepad and pen
Business cards (if you have them)
Snacks
Water
Mints
Deodorant
PLAN AHEAD

Your interview starts the night before with final practice and review. Followed by enough sleep (shoot for 8 hours), water, and food. Think positively! Try to stay off social media the night before, if you can.

Plan your transportation. It is never appropriate to be late for an interview. We encourage you to plan accordingly. If you live in a heavy traffic area, give yourself more than enough time to arrive early. Keep in mind, “to be early is to be on-time, to be on-time is to be late and to be late is a waste of time.”

If you know that you will be running late or if you need to reschedule contact your interviewer as soon as possible, we suggest at least 24 hours in advance for rescheduling.

FOLLOW UP

Send a thank you card. We live in a time where actual thank you cards are unexpected and appreciated. Stand out from the others by sending one. If that’s not your style, a simple email will do! This is another time to reiterate your strengths. Say something like:

Carrie,
I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to meeting with your team on June 30th. It sounds like my three years experience in a level 1 trauma center will benefit your unit and I’m excited to learn from you as well! Thank you for your time.
With thanks,
Your name

If you do not hear back about the role by the time stated and you are still interested. Follow up with your interviewer via email, here’s a sample email:

Carrie,
I hope that we are still able to connect regarding next steps for your open ICU Registered Nurse role. I am still very interested and feel confident in my previous three years experience at a busy level one trauma center.

Is the role currently available? When should I expect to hear about next steps?
With thanks,
Your name

Lastly, if you do not hear back within 24 hours after sending the email, try calling your interviewer. If you need to leave a voicemail, try something like

“Hi Carrie, this is [name]. I met you during my interview on June 24th. I’m following up to check if the role is still open as I am still very interested. I can be reached at [phone number] and have sent you an email as well.”

NETWORKING IS WORTH IT!

Technology has changed much about the job search. In some ways, it’s made it easier to meet people, and in others, it’s actually made it more difficult.

Technology sites like LinkedIn make it fairly simple to connect with and continue to network with decision makers. We suggest adding your interviewers on Linkedin and remaining in contact with them. You never know when a new opportunity may open up again.

NO ONE LIKES REJECTION

We’ll all face rejection at some point in life. The key to handling rejection gracefully is turning it into an opportunity to learn. If you are not chosen for a role, use it as an opportunity to improve and further your research.

How do you do this? By asking your interviewer for feedback. You might ask:

Can you share with me why I was not selected?
Do you have any recommendations for me?
May I remain in contact with you for professional advice?
We get it. Interviews are awkward and they make everyone nervous. Take these tips to heart and practice, practice, practice!

While it’s not a guarantee you’ll be hired on the spot, these tips will help you to learn a lot more about yourself and how to portray your skills, accomplishments, and stories in the best way possible.

Time Management Tips for IAS Exam Preparation

Time Management Tips for IAS Exam Preparation

The Union Public Services Commission conducts the Civil Services Examination on a yearly basis for recruitment of candidates for the posts in the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Forest Service, etc. Civil Services examination is one of the most coveted exams in the country. Lakhs of youth begin the journey to reach their goal of becoming a civil servant at an early age. They combine the UPSC preparations with the college curriculum and try to cover the vast syllabus. Despite the vastness of the syllabus, it is possible to thoroughly cover the syllabus in just one year before the UPSC Prelims examination. All that is required is a well-structured strategy and a strong commitment to achieving the targets. Here are a few tips to manage your time while preparing for IAS Exam Preparation.
Have a Time Table for your daily activities:
When you are organized, the overwhelming seems manageable. Prepare a timetable for yourself and stick to it for a few days. You will eventually get habituated to it and subconsciously follow the timetable. This way you will turn all the key tasks into habits.

Set timelines for covering the syllabus:
Though both UPSC Prelims syllabus and Mains are vast, they are indicative. The aspirants must set timelines for covering each of the subjects in such a manner that there is ample time for at least two revisions before the examination. The aspirants can first cover the four core subjects Polity, Economy, History and Geography and then complete the remaining topics, as those four subjects assume great importance in terms of marks in the IAS exam.

Stick to the syllabus:
UPSC syllabus is undoubtedly very vast. But do not go by the hearsay that it contains everything under the sun and beyond. The UPSC syllabus is not inclusive but is indicative. The aspirants need to strictly stick to the syllabus while studying. Cover only those topics that are relevant to the UPSC exam syllabus.

Use the internet judiciously:
Unlike older times, everything you want to know is just one click away. You do not have to spend your time on finding a book in a huge library to get your doubts cleared. Do not let this boon become a bane in your UPSC exams preparation. There are wonderful websites and videos to aid your preparation. Select a few sources and follow them regularly. Do not spend hours together on the internet looking for unnecessary details. UPSC does not expect you to have a Ph.D in a subject!

Devote some time for leisure:
Leisure is as important as work, in one’s life. “All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy”. In order to be productive and to learn & remember things better, you need some rest. 6-7 hours of sleep and short breaks in between the study hours will make the preparation less monotonous and a lot more effective.

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Original thinking

Always go for sachet. It is a contribution from India. Generally, I have noticed that it is economical. Beautiful packing that comes with higher volume… you don’t keep it in a showcase after use. Plastics pollute the earth. Buy sachet,save earth

Bill Clinton on a visit to Rajasthan wished for an elephant ride but was not permitted due to security reasons while the Indian counterpart latest discovery is that VVIP is safe on top of the vehicle!

Have you seen bodies of dogs lying in the roads run over by vehicles. Their body parts strewn all over the area. Why don’t the animal lovers give a decent burial? So animal love… all a fad!

I found a person carrying broom with his head aloft!

Mundu is an addiction. Once in to mundu, always in to mundu. Concept of reincarnation(non-attachment to body) is perfectly okay. Reincarnation with out mundu is unthinkable!. You will always not at ease. East or West, mundu is the best!

Always go for sachet. It is a contribution from India. Generally, I have noticed that it is economical. Beautiful packing that comes with higher volume… you don’t keep it in a showcase after use. Plastics pollute the earth. Buy sachet,save earth

Better donate blood than sucked by mosquitoes.

Among fish, sardines is the cheapest and beneficial!Same is the case with peanuts. I don’t think it is coincidental. God never makes mistakes!

Human beings evolved from apes
Bald people fell from the sky!

Sunanda Pushkar’s death was as unpredictable as an earthquake!

Time Management

“If only I needed more time! ” How often have you said that? ? In a perception, time is any universal leveler, as the powerful and rich haven’t any more of that than do the particular lowly and weak. Furthermore, neither the rich nor the indegent can accumulate moment. Once it is fully gone, it is long gone forever. The length of wisdom, then, is to help make good use of that time period we have. Just how? Consider four strategies who have helped many visitors to invest their moment wisely.

Prepare a to-do set of things that are very important or urgent or perhaps both, keeping at heart that what will be important—buying food for supper, for example—may definitely not be urgent. And what might appear urgent—catching the start of your favorite TV SET program—may not be important. *

Set away or eliminate nonessential tasks, which do bit more than consume hard work. If you find which you have time on the hands because you have trapped on your perform, why not proceed to a job which is scheduled for afterwards?

Learn to point out no to items that are unimportant or that do little more as compared to consume time. Way too many activities and sessions can add needless stress and will rob you regarding joy

Procrastination can be a thief of equally time and productiveness. A farmer which waits until conditions are perfect may well never sow seed starting or reap his / her harvest. Similarly, we could allow life’s uncertainties to produce us indecisive. Or we may well feel that we need to wait until we’ve every scrap regarding relevant information before making a choice. To be positive, important decisions guarantee research and deliberation. But the reality is that many decisions possess some uncertainties

Of training course, high standards are usually commendable! Sometimes, even though, we might established standards so high that individuals invite disappointment and also failure. A particular person learning another terminology, for example, must anticipate to make mistakes, aware which he will learn coming from these. A perfectionist, nonetheless, would likely shudder at the very thought of saying something incorrectly—an attitude that will impede his development. How much safer to be modest inside our expectations!

Workaholics often deprive themselves with the fruitage of their particular “two handfuls of work. ” They simply haven’t any time or vitality left. The very lazy, on the some other hand, opt for “two handfuls” regarding rest and squander work-time.

Most adults will need about eight hrs of sleep a night to get the full actual, emotional, and cognitive rewards. Concerning the last option, sleep is a sound investment of time as it aids in awareness and consolidates recollections, thus fostering studying. Sleep deprivation, nonetheless, impedes learning and plays a part in accidents, errors, and also irritability.

A wise person will not let mere wants take the reins regarding his life, especially desires that could be unrealistic or impossible to meet. Hence, he just isn’t seduced by ingenious advertising or effortless credit. Instead, he learns being content with what they can actually attain—“what [his] face see. ”

Your values let you gauge what will be good, important, and also worthwhile. If your daily life were an arrow, the values would purpose that arrow. Excellent values, therefore, allow you to set sound things in life also to make the top use of your time and energy hour by hour and everyday

We cannot become truly happy and also emotionally secure with out love, especially inside family.

Before you get something, convert its monetary value into the time it could take you to be able to earn that sum of money, “and then notice if it’s still worth every penny, ”.

Can We Trust the News Media?

Many individuals doubt what they will read and hear inside the news. In the usa, for example, a 2012 Gallup poll questioned people “how significantly trust and confidence” that they had in the accuracy and reliability, fairness, and completeness with the news reports regarding newspapers, TV, and also radio. The answer from 6 away from 10 people has been either “not extremely much” or “none in any way. ” Is these kinds of distrust justified?

Many journalists as well as the organizations they benefit have expressed a consignment to producing correct and informative accounts. Yet, there is basis for concern. Consider these factors:

MEDIA MOGULS. A tiny but very powerful variety of corporations own major media outlets. Those outlets exert a solid influence on which usually stories get included, how they are usually covered, and how prominently they may be covered. Because most corporations were created for profit, decisions created by media outlets may be motivated by monetary interests. Stories which could hamper the profits with the owners of any news organization may well go unreported.

GOVERNING BODIES. Much of that which you learn in the media is because of the people as well as the affairs of authorities. Governments want to convince people to support their particular policies and their particular officials. And as the media draw on content from your government, journalists and government sources occasionally cooperate collectively.

ADVERTISING. In many lands, media outlets need to make money so that you can stay in enterprise, and most than it comes from advertising and marketing. In the United states of america, magazines get among 50 and 60 percent of these revenue from advertising and marketing, newspapers 80 pct, and commercial tv set and radio completely. Understandably, advertisers usually do not want to bring in programs that forged an unfavorable light on their products or design of management. If they cannot like what any news outlet will be producing, they can easily advertise elsewhere. Realizing this, editors may curb news stories that cast a poor light on sponsors.

DISHONESTY. Its not all reporters are sincere. Some journalists fabricate testimonies. A few years back, for example, a reporter in Japan wished to document how all scuba divers were defacing coral formations in Okinawa. Right after not finding virtually any vandalized coral, he defaced some himself and took photos than it. Photos can furthermore be manipulated to deceive people. Photograph-altering technology is now more effective, and several manipulations are almost impossible to discover.

Sexual Harassment

What exactly is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment contains any unwanted sex behavior—including touching and even making comments of your sexual nature. But sometimes the line may be blurred between teasing, flirting, and also sexually harassing.
Regrettably, sexual harassment doesn’t always stop once you graduate from university. However, if you produce the confidence and skills you should deal with sex harassment now, you’ll anticipate to deal with it once you enter the labour force. And you could even stop a harasser coming from hurting others!
Do that instead: Speak up and also calmly but plainly tell your harasser which you won’t tolerate his / her speech or habits. “If anyone variations me inappropriately, ” claims 22-year-old Saritha, “I turnaround and tell him never to touch me ever again. That usually draws the guy away from guard. ” If the harasser persists, be firm and don’t stop trying
What if the particular harasser threatens to be able to harm you? If that’s the case, don’t confront him. Escape the situation as fast as possible, and seek assistance from a trusted mature.
Acquire help. Parents and teachers can supply you with the support you need to manage your harasser. But imagine if the people an individual tell don’t acquire your complaint significantly? Try this: Each and every time you are stressed, write down the important points. Include the time, time, and location of each and every incident, along in what the harasser mentioned. Then give a copy than it to your father or mother or teacher. Many individuals treat a written complaint more seriously when compared to a verbal one
Above all, never go for a show of physical strength and avoid such situations at any cost!

VALUE BASED EDUCATION

The real meaning of education fades from time to time and in present scenario it is merely an exercise to brighten our grey cells. Students learn more and more to end up in deeper and deeper confusion. if one mode of education fails to satisfy the material benefits they switch over to another mode ,with out realizing their own potential.
From time immemorial education is considered to be a dedicated way of living in which “shishya” or student learns even intrinsic aspects of life from the relationship with “Guru” or Teacher. Teacher mould the student to a good human being. Student becomes a fruitful citizen to the society. Teacher is capable of showing the strength of a student and helps him to recover from his weakness. At the end of the education process teacher advices the student to be a responsible person for the societal wellbeing.
But now we are far away from the ‘value based education’. In our primary school education we learn certain values need to be followed in life. In later stages of education we forget about this and wallow in the mud of scientific and numerical theories. Though our educational system thrives to create umpteen numbers of intellectuals we fail to bring up human being those who are compassionate to fellow being.
Value based education only makes the education a complete one. If our skills and knowledge need to be beneficial to the society it should have a strong hold on value based education. In our brick and mortar educational system we produce mindless Frankenstein’s who later wander in search of their bewildered past.
People are the building blocks of the society. If these blocks are fragile in core, society will collapse with no time. Value based education cultivate honesty, sincerity, empathy and courage among students. They become fearless to fight against the evils of the society.
But our present generation is considering education as a cash cow. Higher education guarantees you a snobbish and lucrative job.
Now a day’s education is synonymous with competition. As a student you have to compete with millions of others to reach a position. It never stops. When you educate more you compete with the outer world for existence. Whether the competition requires for our growth? Among the four stages of human life bachelor life (Brahma charya) is one stage where we learn about ourselves. We realize our strength and weakness. Then only we move to learn about one other person. But in present education where we have the time to learn about ourselves? With our haphazard knowledge we are in a hurry to teach others..!
We compete with others with a blind eye towards us. Lack of self realization throw us in the dungeons of failure.
From child hood onwards we need to inculcate values in the minds of students. Along with our subject knowledge inculcation of values in the minds of students should also have a pivotal role in education.
The business of education provide as an Augean stable to clean up. Only through value based education we can dream about the societal harmony.
Our first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi wrote in her autobiography (I Dare) that before a professional one should be a human being…That is all about value based education.
MADHU.T

Loopholes for systematically discriminating the girl child

My father in law has vast hereditary property. He is disposing it off and majority of the huge fund is diverted to middle brother in law because one of the integral factors is that he has a male heir! Fetish for male child expresses in our society in ingenious ways! As father is given complete discretion to sell off both hereditary and earned property as per Indian succession laws soon I and my family of daughters will end up in streets! I do not want my father in law to protect my daughters from his earned property. But it is not fair that he is heartless, unjust when it comes to sharing hereditary property. What is the point in saying protecting the girl child when the laws of the country cannot protect her economically! Everyone knows perfect partitioning is not possible. But there should be a semblance of fairness. Conduct a survey even now. Self honest response will reveal the truth provided the standard is equal rights. Why should girls not have equal rights! They are not cattle’s. Countless generation has been unjust towards the girl child (genocide is going on may be not in an organized manner) and our parents, forefathers were not naïve! Even we are not naïve to leave such matters completely the discretion to us. The evidences from history are heavily tilted against the girl child and if we are still trusting and taking chances it reflects the value, cruelty society have for a girl child still now. Prejudiced will find clever, crooked ways to carry on and perpetuate it .You don’t have to look for the evidence anywhere. The current glaring sex ratio difference in the country is the hard evidence and speaks for itself. I don’t say all are bad. Definitely it is not few as well. Actually sizeable population of our society is not so innocent. As it is self evident that there is an inherent intention and urge to be unfair, discriminative and cruel towards the girl child in our society there should be strong laws to check the members of the society even when they are alive and in death. Discriminated hapless lot will be discriminated in life and in death. Whatever I have written will be corroborated by concrete evidence.

Strategy for searching jobs

It is always ideal that you start a venture of your own. By doing so you can create jobs and trigger off productive activity. You can be boss of your own. If you are not confident about that , then the next best option is Government jobs. Government jobs is the world’s best job and even the envy of President of America!. It is secured and rarest of rare cases is that you get fired! Mostly get suspended for even major lapses. Suspension is an eyewash, often reinstated missed salary with interest. Recession proof increment. Periodical increase in DA to insulate employees from inflation. Avail pension as long as your employment term as life span is increasing. Leave Travel Allowance. If you can’t make into govt service, then eye for the Corporates. It is highly recommended that you make use of the contacts if you have any to get into corporates. Branded companies/Corporates usually go for students from premium colleges. Corporates do entertain prospective job seeker with good job knowledge and required professional qualification into their fold. If you could not make into corporates, don’t be disappointed. Always the entrepreneurs are there.In some places,up to 85 percent of available jobs aren’t advertised. Reason behind it is modest advt in newspapers would cost a lakh. Why wait? Go. Knock the doors in person. It will work with entrepreneurs not corporates. For corporates money is not an issue It makes sense to approach entrepreneurs in person as employee turn over is high for the simple reason that existing employees with the entrepreneur is unsatisfied and always aims higher and settle for better prospects. Moreover, entrepreneurs finds it costly to advertise for recruitment solutions. Conventional advt is expensive now a days and it is like getting fingers burnt as rarely only an employee sticks to an entrepreneur(employer) for long duration/term. Entrepreneurs also sees to it that employee is kicked out as cost cutting measures to evade yearly increment. It is strongly recommended that wherever contact numbers / address are given in job listings, do contact them. Visit/call in person. Just do it. Personal touch makes a big difference!Religiously search/ applying for jobs and never give up. Jobs will never come calling for you Don’t think your duty is over once have approaching the entrepreneur in person admitted that personal touch makes a big difference!; you have to follow up as well. A bit of marketing is mandatory and who is not into marketing now a days!
Getting a job is not the end of evolution. Salary is an important factor in deciding to stick to a job or hop. Generally pay package you get in private sector is lagging and at par with First Pay Commission in public sector. Remind you that Government has given go ahead for Seventh pay Commission for Government servants. Private companies are thoroughly making use of current unemployment scenario in the country. Admitted there are few good men with good lineage in private sector as well! Starting pay for an engineer with entrepreneur is Rs 6000 in South of India

To be continued…

The spirit carries on – Dream Theatre

Where did we come from?
Why are we here?
Where do we go when we die?
What lies beyond
And what lay before?
Is anything certain in life?

They say, “life is too short,”
“the here and the now”
And “you’re only given one shot”
But could there be more,
Have I lived before,
Or could this be all that we’ve got?

If I die tomorrow
I’d be allright
Because I believe
That after we’re gone
The spirit carries on

I used to be frightened of dying
I used to think death was the end
But that was before
I’m not scared anymore
I know that my soul will transcend

I may never find all the answers
I may never understand why
I may never prove
What I know to be true
But I know that I still have to try

If I die tomorrow
I’d be allright
Because I believe
That after we’re gone
The spirit carries on

Victoria:
“move on, be brave
Don’t weep at my grave
Because I am no longer here
But please never let
Your memory of me disappear”

Nicholas:
Safe in the light that surrounds me
Free of the fear and the pain
My questioning mind
Has helped me to find
The meaning in my life again
Victoria’s real
I finally feel
At peace with the girl in my dreams
And now that I’m here
It’s perfectly clear
I found out what all of this means

If I die tomorrow
I’d be allright
Because I believe
That after we’re gone
The spirit carries on