One important consideration when answering questions on strengths and weaknesses during a nurse job interview, or for that matter any other questions, is honesty. Most interviewers appreciate candor and honesty. The interviewer can easily expose a candidate claiming strength that one does not possess, by asking probing follow up questions and examples from experience or education, where the candidate has demonstrated such strengths. For instance, if the candidate claims good conceptual acumen as one of her strengths, then this obviously needs substantiation by consistently high academic scores.
In a few rare occasions where the candidate might successfully create a smokescreen and pass the interview by lying and making false claims, they invariably find themselves exposed in a work situation, ultimately affecting career progression negatively. Companies place a high value on honesty, and take a strong stand against candidates who lie. Discovering a lie, very often leads to not just instant termination from the job, but a bad mark that can affect future job prospects too.
Other important nursing job interview tips to bear in mind are keeping a straight face and answering clearly, positively, and with confidence. Answering questions about one’s strong points with timidity and hesitation leaves an impression of you not being sure of the strong points, or trying to make it up.
Interviewers consider candidates who say they have no weakness as either lying through the teeth, or as someone unaware of their own skills and competencies. Either way, this effects job prospects considerably.
Questions related to strengths and weaknesses for a nurse job interview are standard in most interviews, but there are no standard answers. In situations where other factors such as skills and competencies remain equal, the approach the candidate takes on answering such questions very often makes the difference between making the cut and rejection.
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