A Few More Common Nursing Interview Questions (Part II) - page 2

by TheCommuter 118,129 Views | 28 Comments Senior Moderator

I had previously written How To Answer The Most Common Nursing Interview Questions which describes suggestions on how to respond to some of the most common nursing interview questions that a candidate might receive. Also, please... Read More


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    Thanks for taking the time to share.
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    and Winston Churchill said:
    "Courage is the ability to go from one defeat to another, without losing enthusiasm"
    because sometimes you run into long periods of adversity before any glimmer of hope appears, and you have to keep on plugging away regardless.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    My true weaknesses are ones that would make me seem sociopathic, and therefore, totally kill my chances at getting hired at any workplace that involves interpersonal relationships with people.

    "I have difficulty empathizing, sometimes have a blunted affect, and regularly view people as objects." Any hiring manager who heard those words coming out of my mouth would probably make sure that my employment application gets shredded or placed into file number thirteen (a.k.a. the wastebasket). Therefore, I would never divulge these aspects unless I want to live under a freeway overpass due to being unemployed.

    OMG, yes, this! For me it would be, "I have zero tolerance for stupidity, and in fact, think doctors and nurses should be given dart guns loaded with Depo Provera and sent to Walmart with orders to shoot to disarm. I hate meaningless chit chat and cannot participate in it. If I think it, I say it (or at least my face does). And I have zero respect for physicians until they earn my respect. When can I start?"
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    This post just took a wonderful turn. Humor therapy.
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    "I drive a windowless van and sleep in it most of the time so commute time won't be an issue."
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    My true weaknesses are ones that would make me seem sociopathic, and therefore, totally kill my chances at getting hired at any workplace that involves interpersonal relationships with people.

    "I have difficulty empathizing, sometimes have a blunted affect, and regularly view people as objects." Any hiring manager who heard those words coming out of my mouth would probably make sure that my employment application gets shredded or placed into file number thirteen (a.k.a. the wastebasket). Therefore, I would never divulge these aspects unless I want to live under a freeway overpass due to being unemployed.
    I'm kind of weird because an answer like that would make you a real person to me... and separate you from all the folks with the canned answers.

    I'd follow up with questions about how you cope with these traits in the service industry of nursing.

    +++

    I generally avoid saying, "My biggest weakness is..." but instead rephrase it as, "One area in which I've identified a need for ongoing growth and development is..."
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    I was asked the "where do you see yourself in 5 years" question and I replied honestly. I said that I'd still be a nurse, still with the company. When I started looking for a job (I stayed home when I had my baby and he's 8 months old now so I've been looking for 2 months) people actually asked if I was going back to nursing or changing paths. I'd reply that I'm a nurse and always will be, I worked too hard to use it for a few years and hang it up. When the interviewer asked me the 5 years question and I said I'd still be a nurse, she wrote down "still just a nurse" on my application. I kinda figured she'd be happy I wasn't after her job. I didn't get that job, or the other one with the same facility, and I'm wondering if being "just a nurse" is a bad thing. I'm not planning on getting my RN for quite a while, if ever, so I'm not going to lie and say I plan to have my BSN and blah blah blah.

    I was also asked if I had made any errors with injection dosing (allergy shot in particular) and I said yes and anyone who said they haven't is lying. I explained the error and how it happened, and it was an easy error to make (previous dose was .05 and I looked too fast and saw 0.5) and I think that hurt my chances.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    I'm kind of weird because an answer like that would make you a real person to me... and separate you from all the folks with the canned answers.
    However, you're a man. Most interviewers in the nursing profession are middle-aged women with conservative viewpoints and idealistic (but unrealistic) standards regarding nurses. On a mental and socioemotional level, men and women operate very differently. You know the saying: "Men are from Mars; women are from Venus."
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    Quote from monkeybug
    OMG, yes, this! For me it would be, "I have zero tolerance for stupidity, and in fact, think doctors and nurses should be given dart guns loaded with Depo Provera and sent to Walmart with orders to shoot to disarm. I hate meaningless chit chat and cannot participate in it. If I think it, I say it (or at least my face does). And I have zero respect for physicians until they earn my respect. When can I start?"
    The Walmart reference was funny.
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    Quote from mmm333
    "I drive a windowless van and sleep in it most of the time so commute time won't be an issue."

    Is this for real? Because the idea is fantastic if I get a job 50 miles from my house....LOL....wait, where will I shower? Mmm....the gym close by, to which I will hopefully have a membership comes to mind. I may be able to find a job a little further north from where I live then


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