When I was a new graduate, I had a panel interview at a VA hospital. There was a total of 6 people present for the interview, who each asked me select questions. No NCLEX material. Very typical interview questions
and work place scenario interventions. Here are a few examples:
- What will you be able to provide our unit?
- Please elaborate on this part of your resume. "Caring and compassionate work ethic"
- Is it a problem to show up for your shift 2 minutes late?
- How do you handle a coworker who "YOU" believe is violating a patients rights?
Then later in the interview I was asked - How do you handle a coworker who "IS" in violation of patient rights?
- Why do you want to work on this unit
I was asked about 30 questions and I can't remember them all. What I do recall is the tricky questions, or the ones that had plays on the wordings.
I didn't get the job after 2 full panel interviews. But hey, I made it to round 2 being a new graduate, so I felt pretty darn good about making it that far in the interview process.
Best advice, keep researching nursing interview questions and think about how you would answer them. That's the best way you can prepare. Also, know what your resume says and why it says what it does. Don't just have something worded fancy because it sounds professional. Be able to explain why you have written what you have.