Nursing Informatics Interview Videos

As discussed in the nursing informatics interview tips post, the job interview can be the most challenging aspect of the new job search for many candidates.

I have been involved in many interviews—mostly as an interviewee, but I have also participated in more than a dozen of interviews as an interviewer. I have learned a lot from my own past mistakes in interviews, and it’s been a very eye-opening experience to see how candidates respond and behave as an interviewer.

I created two videos to display how the same questions are answered by somebody who is not well prepared for an interview, and also, another video shows what we have considered to be a good candidate during an interview.

In the first video, the candidate does a decent job in answering the questions, but there isn’t enough detail in the answers.

I was actually very generous when creating this video because in real life interviews, I have interviewed candidates who were not able to answer the simple question of, “tell me your understanding of this position.”

I have seen how this question is used in different hospitals and shockingly, the candidates tend to know very little about the position, or they simply talk nonsense around this question.

Also, notice how the candidate says that she is applying for the job because she likes computers.

Again, a very generic answer that seems to be popular with entry level candidates.

However, this type of answer is not always popular with interviewers, unless you follow it with, “I enjoy computers and in my spare time I love fixing my colleague’s computer problems. For example….”

In contrast to the first video, in this video the candidate gives detailed answers which are very relevant to the job position.

I made it a point to answer the questions with, “I don’t have this experience, but it is my understanding that…” to emphasize that you don’t have to have experience in the field, but if you take the time to familiarize yourself with the profession, you can give smart answers which show the interviewer that you’re very interested in the field, and that you’re also trainable.

Obviously, I cannot include all types of questions that come up in an interview.

However, for most entry level position jobs, interviewers are looking to see how well prepared is the candidate for the interview, how well they communicate, if they are trainable, and if they seem to have a passion for the job, among other things.

My main advice for entry level position candidates is be prepared for the interview by knowing about the field because by doing so, you show all the characteristics mentioned above. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through the page below, and I’ll be more than happy to answer it to the best of my abilities.

Other topics you might be interested in:

Tips for an informatics resume.
Interviewing tips for an informatics position.
Nursing Informatics interview questions.
More nursing informatics interview questions.
Questions to ask in a nursing informatics interview
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Chris Smith works as a clinical analyst consultant with 9 years of experience working in the nursing informatics field. He started this blog to help others learn more about nursing informatics because he got tired of reading a lot of misinformation about this field on the web. You can connect with Chris on Google+


4 Responses to Nursing Informatics Interview Videos

  • Amanda says:

    Thank you for your very informative post and blog!

    I am a 24 year old RN with a bachelors degree with a couple years of clinical experience and time working with insurance companies as an RN. I am desperately trying to break into Nursing Informatics. I am moving to New York City soon. What advice do you have for someone who is part of the “tech savvy youth,” and will be starting out in a new career path in a new city? Especially finding a way to get my foot in the door and have someone take the chance to hire and train me.

    Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for reading the blog. And indeed, the field needs tech savvy youth!

      The easiest thing to do is to go to any job search engine, put in the zip code of the city you’re moving in, and look for analyst jobs.

      You can also just type in a vendor’s name and see what jobs come up.

      Next thing would be to find the hospitals in NYC and just go to their careers/jobs section and look for jobs there. I would go to maps google, type in a NYC zip code, and then search for nearby hospitals.
      Get the name of that hospital, go to their careers section, and see if there are any jobs opened.

      You can apply online, or if you’re like me, you can directly go to the hospital and try to find the IT director/IT manager and find out if they are hiring, drop your resume and tell them why you would make a good analyst.

      Typically I tell aspiring candidates just to get involved with their hospital in any informatics projects. You mention that you’re moving to NYC, but I don’t know if you have a nursing job there because if you did, then I would tell you, try to see what projects they have and get involved with that. That’s the easiest way to break into the field.

      I have emailed you further details and good luck.

  • Isabelle says:

    Great blog! helps a lot! thanks!!!

  • Sharon in FL says:

    Good Afternoon, Chris!

    Just wanted to thank you for your informative website and videos. I had a phone interview for a NI position last month and due to the travel distance, decided against pursuing it. In preparing for another phone interview this afternoon (with the same company), I found your site. Your interview questions were spot-on and almost verbatim what I was asked in the first interview. I felt better prepared for the interview today and was able to relax and understand more about what this new position entails. Face-to-face interviews won’t take place until after the holidays, but I feel confident that they’ll be calling me back to set that up! Thanks again – great advice!

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