I had a classmate who was asked basically to run through a CPR scenario...it had to do with what she'd do if the family member of a patient suddenly fell to the floor. I wasn't asked any technical nursing questions, but here's what I remember:
1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I know several other people have mentioned this one. I came right out and told my interviewer that this was one of those questions that our nursing school
had told us to prepare for, and that I KNOW how to "play the game" and give the "right answer" but I just couldn't do it. Of course she asked what I THOUGHT was the "right answer" and I said, "well, I'm supposed to say something that indicates ambition and drive and leadership, like how I want to learn to be an excellent ER nurse, then I how I hope to be able to be team leader, then charge nurse..." or something like that. It was basically how the "right answer" had to do with climbing the ladder in the sense of moving up from staff nurse to supervisory capacity... but I have "been there and done that" with supervisory positions, and really don't care to do it again. So I said that what I hoped for was that in 5 years I'd have learned my job so well, and become so good at what I do, that in 5 years, when some major trauma was called in, or when they were short staffed and up to their eye balls, that someone would be inclined to say "go get 'vampireslayer' "...that they would know that I was the "one" they needed in a "dire" situation. Ok, kind of silly, kind of pretentious, maybe, but really, I wanted them to know that what I wanted was to be DAMN good at my job, not to follow the traditional role of "moving up" the career ladder. That the job they were hiring me for was the job that I wanted to do, not to use it as a stepping stone for something else.
2. What are your strengths?
3. We're interviewing over 50 people for these 6 spots. What is the one thing you want me to remember about you?
Try to figure out what you think might be your weak point. For me it was my age and lack of experience, I was already 40 years old and had not worked as a tech anywhere. Everyone else they were interviewing had either tech experience, or, even better, ER tech experience. One person was a paramedic, and an ER tech. So I told them that although I had no ER experience, and no medical experience, I had "life experience", and I built on that. I've taught, and so much of being a nurse is patient teaching. And I've supervised. And I've learned LOTS of new things. Really stress your love of learning. It's important to be open to new things.
4. What do you think you will like LEAST about this job? I told them that I knew that ER was a "glamorized" job, that probably what I knew about it, from TV, was inaccurate, so it was hard for me to reply to this. But probably, being vomited on or peed on would be right up there with one of those things I wouldn't really love. My interviewers all thought this was very funny...because they'd all been vomited on & peed on! But then I went on to say, that "seriously"...knowing that there were so many people in the waiting room, and knowing I could only do one thing at a time, I would probably have a hard time not being able to help everyone right away. So I tried to give a funny answer and a serious one.
5. Why did you choose nursing? Try to come up with a specific "lightbulb moment"...not a general "I just want to help people". They might ask why you chose ER, not just nursing. But either way, find the one moment that you knew you wanted to go into nursing, and describe that particular moment. It will stick with them so much more than any generic "wanting to help people" comment ever will.
Good luck with your interviews!