Clinical questions in FNP interview

  1. I have an interview in 2 weeks with two different MD's. I'm nervous I'm going to be asked clinical questions testing my knowledge. Anyone have any examples of clinical practical application questions they have asked or have most of your interviews been generic questions? Thanks!!!
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  3. by   WKShadowRN
    I wasn't asked any. It was more...gosh, trying to remember now, about why I sought advanced practice, do I feel comfortable in select settings, how much time or how little orientation do I need? More or less they presume you have clinical knowledge. In my three interviews, all of which resulted in offers, I never had to demonstrate that I had competency.

    Truly, I find interviews more about gauging personality and fit. Each party seeks to learn about the other, informing the applicant of expectations, goals, and specifics to the agency.

    Good luck. Just relax. Have a list of questions ready.

    My questions had to do with billing, metrics used for productivity, expected patient load, and other procedural stuff. I did ask a patient related question for my hospitalist interview regarding skills. I had to know what might be expected so I could be prepared. The answer included intubation but not central lines. (Among other things).

    I don't have my list of questions with me but jot down ideas from reading these forums. Go back to my posts and others like it from maybe a year ago or so and you'll see where the thought process derived.

    Don't be afraid to have your notepad out. I had my attache and read my notes to keep me focused, writing down answers and more notes as I went.

    Hope that helps. Keep us posted.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Agree with above - no clinical questions, just general stuff about my past experiences as an RN and why I wanted to get into this particular specialty.
  5. by   Riburn3
    I agree with what others have said. It's more about how you'll fit in and why you specifically want to work there. The only time in my nursing career I have ever been asked clinical questions was at my interview for CRNA school at TCU.

    If they ask you any sort of clinical question, it might be them giving you a scenario where a patient is being seen and looks like they're about to die, and they want to know what you'll do. This to me isn't so much a clinical question and more of a make sure you have common sense question. My first NP job asked this of med techs, and even though it's a softball question, a few people got it incredibly wrong.
  6. by   TicTok411
    My interviews involved more listening than answering questions. The practices talked about what they do, how they work and why that are the most awesome place in the world to work. I did speak about my background and what sort of things I wanted to do. No tough or clinical questions. They are basically recruiting help and just feeling you out to make sure you are not crazy.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    I had to laugh when I read TicTok's post - we had a potential advanced provider who shadowed one of the PAs - she came to the experience in a sundress and flip flops. Then, she told the PA that she didn't like working with NPs and hoped that didn't occur often. Well, the practice had already informed her at the first interview that there were 2 PAs and 6 NPs so the PA nixed her quickly when she said that....

    We've interviewed some crazy folks..
  8. by   AZ-RN
    I recently graduated and had an interview a little while back that involved a semi formal luncheon with the practice members, and the director threw some clinical softballs at me randomly throughout the interview. I think it was more a test of my confidence and nerves than actually trying to test my clinical knowledge.
  9. by   espress099
    I had an interview for a primary care/urgent care where the doctor grilled me over the phone for 1.5hr on clinical questions. She then asked me in for a formal interview, where I figured she just wanted to meet me in person, show me the office etc, but no. The in person interview was 5.5 hours of clinical questions- head to toe- everything you could imagine- every system and disease process.... I had barely started studying for my board exam so I was sweating bullets. Then she made me see 2 patients. She also asked me every illegal question in the book- am I married, do I have kids etc... I was so exhausted and intimidated by the end of it that I didnt even want the job lol.... but I wasn't offered it anyway. Now I'm terrified to go on another interview!
  10. by   WKShadowRN
    Quote from espress099
    I had an interview for a primary care/urgent care where the doctor grilled me over the phone for 1.5hr on clinical questions. She then asked me in for a formal interview, where I figured she just wanted to meet me in person, show me the office etc, but no. The in person interview was 5.5 hours of clinical questions- head to toe- everything you could imagine- every system and disease process.... I had barely started studying for my board exam so I was sweating bullets. Then she made me see 2 patients. She also asked me every illegal question in the book- am I married, do I have kids etc... I was so exhausted and intimidated by the end of it that I didnt even want the job lol.... but I wasn't offered it anyway. Now I'm terrified to go on another interview!
    I agree that I wouldn't want that job either. Not only because of the rigor she put you through, which leads me to believe she would be overly critical and not supportive of a new grad trying to grow. But also because if she pushed the boundaries of appropriateness with the illegal questions it makes me wonder what else is she doing that is questionable.
  11. by   espress099
    That's a good point. I feel like she'd be very overbearing and insistent that I do everything her way. She said she'd make me her scribe at first so I could "learn the computer system"... I wasn't even sure what to make of that.

    On another note, I think I'm so nervous to start my first NP job because everyone has a way to doing things and though each way may be correct I'm afraid of a supervising doctor insisting I do it their way, especially if it's old and no longer evidence based (or like giving an antibiotic for a viral infection). I've experienced this as a new nurse where I was taught one way in school and then got into the work place and was told to do it my preceptors way, even though I was going according to EBP. I feel like as a new grad I can't speak against someone with more experience.
  12. by   ilovensg
    Wow! Thanks for all the replies and advice!!! As of today, I have gone to 3 different interviews. As most people stated on this thread, I did not get any clinical based questions. However, my interview today was basically "give me an example of when you had xyz scenario?" I still have yet to be offered a job...but at this point I just want to focus on passing my boards!

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