The format of my interview with the SICU was that of a peer interview. I am blessed and excited to start orientation on Monday.
I liked the format of a peer interview because it seemed less formal and more comfortable. They asked me questions regarding hypothetical situations that I might face as a nurse. What would you do? How would you react? etc. The hypotheticals involved ethical/moral dilemmas, scope of practice, and HIPAA. As a new grad, you have a fresh grasp on theory and textbook knowledge, but you lack the real world experience. The interviewers KNOW THIS!! They don't expect you to know everything, so don't stress yourself out. They just want to get a feeling of where your head is at, your character, are you quick on your feet?, can you take your knowledge and practically apply it clinically? etc.
Answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability, but don't BS. Saying less is often better than rambling on. You must be confident, but you also need to be humble. There is much to be learned from the experienced nurses, utilize your resources! Interact with the interviewers and ask them questions, this breaks the formality and keeps things conversational. Focused but comfortable. Don't just speak when you are asked a question. This demonstrates that you are outgoing and eager to learn, that you can function efficiently under pressure and in a dynamic environment.
Lack of practical experience, naivete, makes finding a job as a new grad difficult. Factor in the economy and a relatively over saturated job market for RNs, and you decrease your odds of landing that job. The only way to compete with the other prospects that have experience, is to sale yourself. That's all you have. Sale your character and values, your personality, but be genuine. BE YOURSELF. I know you hear that all the time, but it's only because it's true. Give yourself the advantage by setting yourself apart from the competition.
With all due respect, I don't necessarily agree with smileymimi. This is just my perception, but there is no way to prepare for what they might ask. It doesn't even matter. You have all of your knowledge from nursing school
to draw from and you know right from wrong. I'm a new grad myself. I don't have all the answers and I have a lot to learn, but this is how I've approached things and it's worked so far. Good luck and I wish you the best. Sorry if I've rambled, I tried to be concise.