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Tough Interview Questions Series - #1

It's finally time for your job interview. You've put the time in to developing a sharp resume, researching the organization you're hoping to join, and are ready with your questions to learn more. Then you get a question that completely catches you off guard.

"Tell me what you are most proud of in your career?"

Now what? Do you brag about a great win? Do you ramble on about a complicated project that ultimately was a success? Aren't we supposed to be humble in interviews?

Oh boy...

Time To Shine
This is a terrific question for several reasons. The best part is that you have full authority to do a little bragging about something you've done really well! That doesn't mean that you ignore the other people who helped you along the way. Discussing your ability to make things happen in the workplace is a dream interview scenario. Go for it!

Balance Is Important
The risk is obvious in this question. Are you able to explain your accomplishment without appearing arrogant or insensitive?

Your ability to balance both your enthusiasm for doing good work and recognizing those that helped you achieve this success will clearly differentiate you from the other candidates being interviewed.

This is a great question that you need to be ready to get started thinking about what you are most proud of...and don't forget to include your important colleagues who helped you get there!


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This series is based on the terrific post from @RitikaTrikha over at

A Quick Note On References

Recruiters check references more thoroughly than ever before. Make sure your 'praise singers' know in advance that you're listing them and how appreciative you are of their help.  Also, most RN recruiters will be more interested in references from someone that worked with you rather than from your neighbor or religious leader.

It’s important to note that with Google, Facebook, LinkedinTwitter and other social tools, there are numerous ways to see what makes up a person’s background.  Most nursing recruiters will at least check you out online to see if what your references are saying about you matches up with how you've presented yourself.

You can help your cause by opening a LinkedIn account and asking former managers and peers to write a short recommendation for you.  Make these recommendations from different people than the ones you submit as “official” references and you’ll have a nice group of people genuinely singing your praises!

One last thought, I would highly advise anyone looking to make a change to “Google” their own name and see what comes up.  We all have heard stories of the unsuspecting person that finds a picture of themselves on Facebook in a situation they would much rather not have on the web! 

Checking Facebook, Google and other accounts will ensure you are not blind sided and will help you prepare if and when you need to offer an explanation.



Lean On Me

One of the issues we all face from time to time in our professional lives is how to overcome obstacles. Whether it's a difficult patient condition, a complex project that has hit a plateau, or an awkward relationship with a coworker. Let's be honest, sometimes we all need some help.

Pay It Forward
Recently I've had the privilege to sit down with several students to discuss the Human Resources profession. I consider these moments as a privilege because the students are looking to me as a sort of expert. They needed help with their school assignments and career planning. That they asked me to help is a shouldn't be something that I considered to be a burden on my time.

For many of us, the time we spend with our colleagues in the workplace far exceeds the time we spend with our families at home. So when we see someone in needs, either due to stress or just a hectic shift, it is our responsibility to reach out and be there for that person.

Many times a kind word, or a an active listening session over a cup of coffee is all it takes to provide some much needed relief. But you'll never know if you don't reach out and offer to help.

Been There
I remember how impactful it's been when I've reached out to someone for help and they were willing to offer their hand, or to listen, or even take action on my behalf. Maybe you've experienced the same thing too. 

As you jump in to your next work day, don't forget to pay attention to those around you, and make sure they know they have someone to lean on...just in case.


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