BEST Questions TO ASK during interview

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    Hi All,

    I have a few interviews coming up and I always stumble with questions to ask. I have a few questions in mind, but I want those questions that really grab a recruiters attention.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks!!!
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    1. Basics: scheduling (self or based on seniority), call requirements, weekend requirements

    2. What are the most common procedures/diagnoses/populations your unit sees?

    3. What kind of continuing education does your hospital offer? Is there a nursing education department that offers things like PALS, ACLS, NRP, TNCC, etc?
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    I always ask about opportunities and support for continuing education, and I always ask to speak (privately) with current staff in the same or similar roles in the same unit/setting. That's when you find out what life is really like working in that setting for that organization. "Good" organizations will be happy to set that up for you; if a potential employer balks at letting you talk to current staff, I consider that a big "red flag."
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    You are thinking about this backwards. You want to ask questions that you need answered, not questions that get the interviewer's attention. Heck, if you want to get his/her attention, ask if there's a nearby tattoo parlor, and do they contribute to the cost for some ink if it includes the hospital logo. (NOT) (Just checking)

    If you are new to nursing, you might not know yet what's important to know, because a lot of that you find out after you've been a working nurse employee for awhile. But you might be curious to know what educational supports are built into orientation to help you be the best new grad you can be. Elkpark has mentioned this; I just caution that you don't want to start asking about "How many CEUs do you pay for in a year?" because that sounds grabby; you're aiming for communicating that you want to learn while working for them, for their benefit.

    Also like the idea of speaking to someone in the role now. Perhaps you could ask one or two when you tour the unit when they get off for lunch and meet in the cafeteria.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Elkpark has mentioned this; I just caution that you don't want to start asking about "How many CEUs do you pay for in a year?" because that sounds grabby; you're aiming for communicating that you want to learn while working for them, for their benefit.
    Exactly -- I never phrase in terms of "So, how much do you pay for continuing ed?" The idea is to convey to the interviewer that you are someone who is seriously interested and involved in continuing professional growth/development and, at the same time, getting some feel for how committed the potential employer is to supporting the professional growth of its employees.
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    Aside from all the basic questions which have already been mentioned, I like to ask about the relationships between staff and between nurses and doctors. What is the personality of the physicians? Some hospital treat physicians as the end all be all, and so they can talk to nurses any which way, which is usually down, without any consequences. Asking this question shows that you value respect and see professional peer relationships as important in a good work environment.
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    "What is the nurse patient ratio?" and "What does the orientation entail?"
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    I wouldn't ask about scheduling as the first question.
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    Long ago when I was doing the hiring a young man asked me this: "Let's pretend you hire me and at my first annual review you explained to me you were very happy with my performance. What had I accomplished to get that review?"
    This question impressed the heck out of me and I never forgot. I actually used that line once and my interviewer was impressed too, and I was hired.
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    I typically don't ask a lot of questions at an interview. I let the interviewer take the lead. Usually they'll start out explaining what the position entails, then launch into a bunch of canned questions that they're required to ask by the agency they work for. After that, they'll ask me if I have any questions. I'll ask about what the orientation process looks like, whether scrubs are provided or if we buy our own, or in the case of a per diem position, what kind of time commitment the manager is hoping for (2 shifts a week, 4 shifts a month, etc.).

    Usually the interviewer has already made up their mind if they want to hire me or not by the time they get to the point of asking me if I have any questions. They're judging by my answers to their questions as well as my nonverbal communication. Do they feel I'm being honest with them? Do they feel I'm really interested in this position? Do they feel I "get" the core values of the organization? Do I seem confident and competent without coming off as cocky? Will I be a good fit within their unit? They figure all of this out within the first few minutes of the interview.


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