MEPNs prep for New-Grad Nursing interviews with ‘Mock Interviews’ in lab

Mock Interviews-2017

MEPNs came to lab last week dressed for success and ready for “Mock Interviews” (aka New grad Practice interviews) . A panel of 3-4 nurses interviewed each and every 2nd year MEPN. Each student was given a series of 3-4 interview questions to answer for the panel while classmates were in another room watching the interview on a big screen TV monitor and providing a critique. The interviews were video-recorded so students could go back and review whether or not they had the professional and polished look they were hoping for.

Good Luck on those interviews!

Dr. Marsh’s tips for your new grad interview

  1. Dress for Success – Keep your look basic and conservative, make sure you get your outfit cleaned, pressed, and tailored. Don’t forget about the little things: Shine your shoes, check for loose hems, and make sure your fingernails look manicured. This is the stuff that you don’t always think people notice, but they do!

Do a little pampering, because looking your best helps you feel your best. If that means you need a facial, haircut, razor shave, or even a new interview outfit, then by all means do it! Feeling good about yourself will boost your confidence.

Avoid low cut blouses, visible tattoos, and clothes that are too tight. You might be invited for a tour around the unit to which you are applying so avoid heels that are too high, making walking precarious.

  1. Know the hospital – Make sure you are familiar with the Mission and Vision for the hospital to which you are applying. Once you have mastered the mission and vision move on to the hospital’s website and Facebook page—the tone of the content on these sites will speak volumes. Or, try reading individual employees’ blogs to figure out what type of people work (and excel) there.

 3. Practice several interview questions with the no-fail, “Rocket Model”. Just like we practiced in the lab – you can avoid rambling by using the ‘Rocket Model’ which helps answer each interview question in 90 seconds, or less. All of our graduating MEPNs  have received a copy of the most recent ‘new grad’ interview questions. Review and practice.


                       Answer the message – ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

-‘My role was…’

– ‘Our goal was…’

Specific Proof – ‘for example…’

         Audience Connection – ‘this is important because…’

Conclusion  –  ‘to sum up…’

  1. Find out who will be on your interview panel – When you are informed of your interview time it is okay to ask who will be on your panel. Try to find out the department in  which the panelists work and their title. Bring enough copies of your resume as well as your portfolio so all panel members have their own copy during the interview.

5. Write a thank you note – just like mom always told you – Manners count. A short hand written thank you note lets interviewers know you appreciate the interview opportunity and you are looking forward to being a part of their team.

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Associate Dean at Hahn School of Nursing University of San Diego
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1 Response to MEPNs prep for New-Grad Nursing interviews with ‘Mock Interviews’ in lab

  1. Mary Barger says:

    These are great. Another one my daughter read and used in her interviews was refresh your lipstick since color on your lips psychologically makes people attend to your words better – obviously probably not for the guys.


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