Applying to nursing schools and programs can be nerve-wracking. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that most schools look for well-rounded applicants, meaning that no one component of your skill set can make or break your application. Sometimes your strengths can even outshine your weaknesses in to the grand scheme of things! For example, a borderline SAT score may be overlooked if you have a strong personality that shines through during your interview! Interviews for school admissions are a wonderful way to show the nursing program why you stand out as a strong applicant, even if your grades or scores aren't as high as you had hoped for.
Here are some tips for standing out during your next school interview!
1. Do your homework!
Interviewers love when you are well-versed in the intricacies of their specific program. Look into what stands out about each school/program and what makes it special. Then, use that to show how you will add to or utilize that difference if you are admitted.
2. Practice frequently asked interview questions out loud (with a friend or family member).
Search up questions that are most likely to be asked at interviews and draft up responses to them! First, start by writing out your answers to ensure that you have your thoughts together, but then practice them out loud so make sure they sound professional, but not too rehearsed. After all, you want to show that you have effectively prepared for the interview, all while making your personality shine through.
3. Remember to ask the interviewers questions to show your genuine interest.
Some examples of questions include:
"Can you tell me what qualities YOU look for in an ideal student in your program?" and "What do you think sets a part this program from others in the state?"
4. Be yourself!
You want to shine through for who you are. Programs will recognize that authenticity and feel more connected to you if you are being your genuine self.
5. Send a follow-up "thank you!" email to your interviewers and the program.
If you happen to connect with an interviewer on something (you both grew up in IL, both went to the same school, both like the same sports team, etc) drop that little fact in there in your follow-up email to remind them of the connection you made. You want them to remember you and this will help you stand out. If you didn't connect on that level, don't sweat it! Your follow up email still shows initiative and will be well-received.
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