I interview many new graduates and I believe the majority of nursing schools
prepare them for the interview process.
At my institution, we ALWAYS have an experienced nurse participate in the interviews. I've done a research project on new graduate behavior and found that it is the co-workers, not the manager or preceptor that socializes the new hires, so who better decided on applicants.
I conduct interviews as a conversation, not a question and answer session. The applicants responses guide the direction of the interview. Remember, especially if the applicant is a new grad, they don't have lots of experience in clinical scenarios.
I have discovered that applicants these days are very savvy. Most of them research the institution and come knowing something about the hospital. There are some red flags for me.............if they don't know about our awards or Magnet, "I want critical care" right from the beginning, etc.