For those of you about to go thru the nursing interview process. Here is the list of questions and suggestions I have accumulated. I hope this helps everyone.
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The first part is from a nursing instructor at a college so, YOU KNOW IT's good stuff!
Dress as if you were going to a business interview. This would include:
Solid color, conservative suit (black, blue)
Limited jewelry (pearls are a nice touch)
Neat, professional hairstyle
Tan or light hosiery
Sparse make-up & perfume
Try to relax and be yourself. Project a positive, self-confident, sincere, congruent attitude (not cocky or arrogant--this will turn off the interviewer fast). Lean forward slightly in the chair, smile, make eye contact, don't cross arms or legs. Appear at ease and enthusiastic. Speak in complete sentences with correct grammar and intelligent vocabulary.
Questions to anticipate:
Why do you want to be a nurse? (Another variation would be--Why have you chosen nursing as a career?)
How are your finances? Will your employer support your scheduling needs during nursing school? (We at this point interject our limitations--no working past 11 PM on clinical nights, no working more than 20 hours /week with a full time school
Is your family supportive of your schooling?
Do you have adequate transportation for clinicals? (Some of our clinical sites may be 2 hrs away from students' residences.)
We interject our requirements for CPR certification, immunizations, a complete medical examination, by a certain date. Have as many of these done prior to the interview as possible! It really helps!
What are your strengths and weaknesses? (Never give much information about weaknesses--this is just supplying reasons for you NOT be chosen).
Past school and work history.
It is even possible they may throw a case scenario at you to test your critical thinking skills: You are the nursing student on a clinical unit and the patient (on the 4th floor of the hospital) asks you "Would I die if I jump from this window?" What would you do? Or, you are the nurse and you are reporting an important change in patient condition to a doctor and the doctor yells at you and calls you stupid, what would you do?
Why have you chosen this particular nursing school?
Why do you want to be a nurse?(be creative on this one...they have heard "to help people" a million and one times )
What do you think a nurse's responsibility is in todays society?
What kind of experiences have you had with nurses in your past?
What qualities do you possess that will make you a good nurse?
What area would you like to work in once you finish school, and why?
In regards to nursing, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
How well do you get along with others?
Are you a leader or a follower?
Are you comfortable taking a leadership role?
Are you willing to be a represenative for a small group of ppl or the whole nursing program?
Do YOU have any questions?(I figured out they like the ppl who ask alot of questions
- was also asked about how did I deal with a situation when a person who did not know me decided that he/she didn't like me? Interpersonal relations
I was asked what would I do if I noticed a classmate cheating
I was asked for my definition of plagiarism
I was asked if I was familiar with the APA style of writing and citing papers.
The most rewarding thing in your life thus far?
The most challenging thing in your life so far?
The type of educator/supervisor you like the most?
Scenario: Your supervisor comes to you and your small team of co-workers and tells you that a new change in policy is effective immediate. You do not think the change can be implemented due to logistics. What do you do?
Your short-term (3-5 years) goal in nursing?
Your long term (5+ years) goal in nursing?
As far as tips:
- Be honest.
- Do not give vague or general answers - they are looking for specific examples in your life.
- Review your application and essay - assume that the interviewer is not familiar with it.
- Be familiar with current trends in nursing - helps to demonstrate why you want to become a nurse and how you feel you can make a contribution in the profession.
Don't be afraid to show emotion. I cried twice during my interview in relating some life examples.
- Practice with a partner. Anticipate these questions and think up the most positive attributes about yourself.
Thank you so much for the tips!! I am scheduled for an interview at a hospital that I want to work at when I graduate in May and I have been so nervous because I really didn't know what to expect. I think that they will probably have the same type questions as these. I didn't have a formal interview before I started nursing school so this will help me very much. Thanks again, cp.
Last edit by cparrish on Jan 1, '05
: Reason: My interview is for a job upon graduation instead of nursing school.