The top seven interview tips for nervous nurses

Monday, August 17, 2020

At Thornbury Community Services, we use HireVue to conduct all nurse interviews. HireVue is an online video interview platform that enables you to carry out your interview online, at a time convenient to you.

Understanding how to fully utilise the platform will make you feel more comfortable and ensure you are prepared for your interview.

You can complete your interview on any device that is capable of recording, such as a smartphone, tablet or webcam. The video interviews are not live, and you can record your responses to the questions at any time. You get two chances to answer each question if you’re not happy with your first answer.

To help you prepare for your interview, we’ve put together a list of the best tips you may want to consider before starting your HireVue interview.


1. Always do your research

Research is one of the most important preparation steps to take. Understanding what we do at Thornbury Community Services is the first step towards a successful interview. Whether you have worked in the community or not, you should have lots of transferable skills that are great to talk about.


2. Talk to us!

Our resourcing and recruitment teams are experts on HireVue, and it’s their job to help you with any questions or concerns you have with your video interview. They can help you with your preparation, talk through what to expect and give you an idea of the kinds of questions you will be asked.

Recruitment Team Tel: 0333 323 3762


3. Look the part

Although HireVue isn’t face-to-face, it’s important to treat it as if it is. You should present yourself like you would for any other interview. If you’re completing your HireVue interview on your phone, it is worth propping it up against something like a stack of books, so you can talk more freely.


4. Understand your strengths

It can be difficult to consider what your strengths are and what makes you stand out, especially when you are practising them every day and they come naturally to you. Take some time to think about what makes you a great nurse, and the skills and attributes you have that would make you a valuable member of the Thornbury Community Services team.


5. Utilise the features HireVue gives you

HireVue is full of useful features that make it easier for you to complete the interview to the best of your ability. One of these features is being able to re-record your answer if you’re not happy with your first attempt. You can also hide the on-screen image while you answer your questions. A lot of people find this helps them be less distracted and helps with their nerves. Finally, always remember only one person will look at your interview, they have seen lots of interviews and completely understand that you might be nervous, so will take this into consideration.


6. Follow up after your interview

Once you’ve finished your interview, you can contact the Resourcing Team and let them know how it went. If you felt like you were nervous, let them know, your feedback can be passed onto the interview assessor to take this into consideration and help us improve the interview experience in future! We’re always looking for new ways to improve our interview experiences, so we really appreciate your valuable feedback.


7. Relax before your interview

Straight after a shift might not be the best time to complete an interview. One of the greatest benefits of a HireVue interview is that you can complete it at any time. So, when you start it, make sure you’re in a comfortable area that is quiet enough for you to concentrate and focus.

If you are interested in joining the team at Thornbury Community Services register with us here. Or contact our team on 0333 323 3762