I have heard from several classmates that hospitals/employers
are trending toward asking scenario type questions during the employment interview process, and I was just wondering if any of you had this experience. If so, what type of questions were you asked? I find this interesting and would love to hear your interview stories.
Man, I hope I don't get too many of the "tell me about a time when . . ." type questions at future interviews. I am having a hard time thinking of examples for those things sitting on my couch surfing this site. I got some of those at an interview for a non-nursing job when I was 18 and I just stared at the dude for a minute then said I could not recall any such situations, that the were stupid questions, and that I was leaving. The job would've been terrible, anyway.
At my first nursing interview there were several of the "how would you handle . . . " questions, which are fine, because they can be approached in a logical manner and don't require recollection of some obscure event in my dim history. For example, "how would you handle a conflict with a family member?" I said something to the effect of "I would first try to calmly determine where the conflict is coming from and see if there is some way to improve understanding to resolve it. I would listen to the family member's concerns without being judgmental and try to work out a mutually agreeable solution. If that could not be done, I would direct the family member up the chain of command." Maybe it's just the way my mind works, but I have a MUCH easier time answering hypothetical questions like that, even if they are more complicated.
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