Applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at Thomas Edison State University does not end with clicking the ‘submit’ button on your final application. Hopefully, you submitted a stand out application on paper. If you are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee, now you have to impress the University in person. The committee has already determined your background met the qualifications, but this time, they want to learn what kind of person you are and how it will affect your future as a nurse.
As part of the competitive selection process, your interview with the Admissions Committee is similar to that of a job interview. An invitation does not guarantee acceptance in the accelerated nursing program, but you cannot be accepted into the program without an interview. So, if you are invited to meet with the committee, this is your last chance to prove you have what it takes to excel as a nurse.
To help you make a great impression, here are seven considerations the Admissions Committee looks for during your interview and what you can do to put your best self forward.
Even if you’re ready for a rewarding career dressed in scrubs, it does not mean you should show up to your interview in anything less than your professional best. Wear what would be appropriate for a job interview. Dress conservatively, and keep jewelry and make up simple. Plan your interview attire ahead of time so you can avoid any last minute wardrobe issues or changes.
Be clear and concise in your answers throughout your interview. You may want to pause a moment to collect your thoughts and formulate a well-balanced response before you speak. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. You won’t be expected to have a brilliant answer for every question, but the Admissions Committee is looking to see how well you can think on your feet – an essential characteristic of a good nurse.
Your personality is the key part of the interview where you will be able to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. Don’t try to be something you are not. Be prepared to discuss your hobbies, skills or experiences, anything that will demonstrate how your unique qualities will help you succeed as a nurse. Familiarize yourself with any medical issues or topics so you can offer your honest opinions or views if asked. Your personality will reveal the kind of nursing student - and nurse - you will be.
Explain Why You Want to be a Nurse
Many applicants fail to clearly articulate why they want to be a nurse. Think long and hard in advance what you would say if asked (because, chances are, you probably will be). Consider where you want to go in your nursing career, any specialties you’d like to explore or whether you would like to further your education. Preparing thoughtful answers to these questions is precisely the kind of proactive attitude the Admissions Committee expects to see in a potential nurse.
Do Your Research
Review the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN section of the website before your interview. Read the FAQ’s, essential requirements, clinical requirements and program requirements so you are familiar with the information and won’t be caught off guard. Of course, there’s no way to predict what you’ll be asked in your interview, but you can practice crafting responses and examples by using the website as a guide.
Inquisitiveness is a strong attribute in a nursing student. So come prepared with a few questions to ask the Admissions Committee that you couldn’t find by reading the website or prospectus. You don’t want to ask a question readily available online, demonstrating that you didn’t thoroughly prepare. More importantly, having a series of questions to ask contributes to a well-rounded conversation, rather than an awkward Q&A.
Take Note of Your Body Language
Remember that you have been invited for an interview because you are being considered for the program. You can be confident and relax knowing that your qualifications are impressive. However, just like in a job interview, there haven’t been any final decisions made yet. Be mindful of any awkward or nervous habits that might distract the interviewer(s). Maintain your professionalism by staying alert and showing interest even if you are not speaking.
And of course, don’t forget to smile.
Written by Thomas Edison State University