CRNA Interview soon

  1. I just cleared my first of many hurdles and received a letter for an interview. Now I have to get through it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
    Last edit by RLSU4CRNA on Mar 26, '04 : Reason: want to place it in the CRNA forum
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  3. by   BDD
    What school and when are you interviewing?
  4. by   jebain
    Know what you have been exposed to well, and do not try to B.S. the interviewers. Just say you don't know. This was the best advice given to me before I interviewed. They are not looking for the person who gets the most answers right-they are looking for a well-rounded nurse. Let your personality come through (easier said than done!!!). Good Luck!!

    P.S. Dress Appropriately & Make EYE contact!!!!!
  5. by   RLSU4CRNA
    Quote from BDD
    What school and when are you interviewing?
    LSU in New Orleans on April 6th @ 1500.
  6. by   RLSU4CRNA
    Quote from jebain
    Know what you have been exposed to well, and do not try to B.S. the interviewers. Just say you don't know. This was the best advice given to me before I interviewed. They are not looking for the person who gets the most answers right-they are looking for a well-rounded nurse. Let your personality come through (easier said than done!!!). Good Luck!!

    P.S. Dress Appropriately & Make EYE contact!!!!!
    Thanks!!!!
  7. by   MICU RN
    RLSU4CRNA:

    I am currently a freshman in the anesthesia program, so I will try to hit the high points of the way they interviewed last year.
    1. They were only a few clinical questions, mainly some basic vent questions.
    2. The interview seemed to focus on why you wanted to do this and did you understand the commitment that it requires?
    3. Do you have a financial plan for you finances to help you get through school? You don't have to show them an actual plan, just verbalize an understanding of how you plan to make while you are are unable to work. (i.e., student loans, money saved, paid of car note ect.)
    4. Try to remain calm, the interview does play a big part in getting in, so you don't want to screw it up.
    5. Make sure you a current on some important issues crna's are facing today. Such as AA's, states allowing crna's to practice without MD supervision, ect.

    This covers many of the basic topics of the interview I experienced last year, so good luck and hopefully I will see as new freshman in the fall of 2004.
  8. by   RLSU4CRNA
    Quote from MICU RN
    RLSU4CRNA:

    I am currently a freshman in the anesthesia program, so I will try to hit the high points of the way they interviewed last year.
    1. They were only a few clinical questions, mainly some basic vent questions.
    2. The interview seemed to focus on why you wanted to do this and did you understand the commitment that it requires?
    3. Do you have a financial plan for you finances to help you get through school? You don't have to show them an actual plan, just verbalize an understanding of how you plan to make while you are are unable to work. (i.e., student loans, money saved, paid of car note ect.)
    4. Try to remain calm, the interview does play a big part in getting in, so you don't want to screw it up.
    5. Make sure you a current on some important issues crna's are facing today. Such as AA's, states allowing crna's to practice without MD supervision, ect.

    This covers many of the basic topics of the interview I experienced last year, so good luck and hopefully I will see as new freshman in the fall of 2004.
    Thanks. Every little bit helps.
  9. by   N-2bate
    I interviewed in Feb. for the Baylor program in Houston. Some clinical questions like a 12-lead EKG, ABG's, hemodynamic parameters, and of course why do you want to do this. I try to be aggressive during the interview and told them how ready I was for it.

    Be ready to answer things like why should we pick you? why are you doing this now?.... What really got me during the interview was some "psychological" questions like, What is the biggest mistake you have made in your life? when was the last time you were criticized by your peers and why? what color you like and why? what animal you like and why? what would you die for?.. I was not ready for those type of questions. But like someone said earlier do not BS, sometimes they are not expecting you to know the answer they just want to see how you react under pressure. And make sure your unique personality SHINES

    Last tip: Dress professional and watch your posture... don't be playing with the chair or constantly moving... THEY ARE WATCHING EVERYTHING!!!!!:uhoh21:

    Good luck and let us know how it goes, I hope you get it.
  10. by   JMR
    Quote from RLSU4CRNA
    I just cleared my first of many hurdles and received a letter for an interview. Now I have to get through it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
    Hey, give yourself a pat on the back. Your letter is the first step. This past Saturday I interviewed. When I entered the nursing school, a gentleman escorted me to an auditorium where I was handed a test that had 20 questions i.e. define ventricular afterload; what would you expect the ABGs to be of a person in septic shock, please address at least the pH, bicarb, and PCO2; what is the formula for calculating the MAP; trace a drop of blood from the vena cavae to the aortic arch listing all heart valves; your patient is having an interior wall MI so what leads would reveal the acute changes and what vessel of the heart is affected,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,etc.

    I then underwent 4 interviews each conducted by a professor or ancillary staff CRNA and; a first semester student. Each interview consisted of the 2 interviewers choosing 5 of the 20 questions for me to answer and then of course the standard interview questions: "why do you want to be a CRNA?", etc.

    Be yourself, don't try to BS, dress sharply and make eye contact. If at any point you feel frazzled, don't show it. Be honest. "I don't know" is an acceptable answer.

    Go for it and best of luck! I have another interview April 14.

    JMR
  11. by   RLSU4CRNA
    The interview process was not at all like I had envisioned. All personal questions without a clinical question in the alloted time frame. That was very surprising to me. I felt pretty good about it after it was all said and done. Now the wait. I'll keep everyone posted on the outcome. Thanks for all who provided input before my interview. It helped greatly.

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