I have two interviews coming up for RN positions. One is for a nursing home, and the other an oncology/palliative care floor.
The first interview coming up is the nursing home. I have had two interviews at nursing homes before, but never offered a job. I was only asked two questions at both interviews: when did I graduate, and am I licensed. I felt I was interviewing the managers. Asking questions like nurse-patient ratio, what type of patients mostly seen, how long is orientation. I don't know how I was not offered the jobs seeing as they only based me on 2 questions. I want to know what kind of questions they will ask at this next nursing home interview.
The second interview is for an oncology/palliative care floor. I first have a phone interview with an HR recruiter. I have no clue what to expect with a phone interview. Then I have an interview with the hiring manager the next week.
If anyone can give me any sort of advice on questions that I will possibly asked. Thanks!
Tell me about yourself, where do you see yourself in 5 years, give me an example on how you have managed a problem, complaint, of a patient, family member, staff in the past. Most interviews are situational. You also might google: typical interview q's for nurses.
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Aug 3, '12
by Mom of Diskids
Let's see...... I ask questions about tough situations the person has been in and how they solved it, how they deal with difficult residents/employees/families, best qualities, etc.....the standard interview questions. I also like to just talk with the person to get a feel for their personality and friendliness.
FYI-I am the DON at a LTC facility
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At a new grad job fair, at the table for the Oncology Unit, I was asked why Oncology?
I honestly did not have a good answer. I stuttered my way through the answer.
I'm sure I came off very fake with my answer. I was not offered the position. All for the best. I always knew I wanted to do psych but I had a applied for a number of different positions to just get a job somewhere. Interestingly, on all my psych interviews when asked why Psych, I was able to answer flawlessly. Got a PRN and a full time gig after going on 3 psych interviews. So, if you are going for a specialty unit - be able to convey why you want to work that specialty. I know its really tough out there for new grads so one may have to take a job in a specialty they may not necessarily have a great interest for, but be sure to have an answer in mind if you are asked why that specialty.
Last edit by mangopeach on Aug 3, '12