How To Answer The Most Common Nursing Interview Questions - page 3

To be perfectly blunt, interviews can be rather nerve-wracking because a lot is at stake. After all, you really want to be considered for this available position, and you only have one chance to make... Read More

  1. by   whatdoIdonow?
    [QUOTE=EmTheNewRN;6640117]I care about each patient as a person, which is a valuable trait in nursing; however, it is important not to be consumed by it. I am working on learning to maintain a healthy work-life balance because "taking them home with me" doesn't help anyone. That is an honest statement from me, and my hope is that it reflects positively because empathy/caring is a positive trait in general, but it's important not to let it interfere with your clinical judgement or your own sanity. If there is something about you that is good as a person but can become a weakness as a professional, I think that's a good place to start.*

    I understand what you are saying. I had this problem while a student. I would get overly wrapped up in a certain patients' situation and spend too much time on it after clinical was over, researching and printing educational information to give to the patient on the next clinical rotation-even though they were now the patient of another student. Yea, I learned a lot about myself from this experience. I will definitely have to work on not bringing home the patient with me mentally at the end of the day too.
  2. by   pripreezy
    Quote from deni_an
    I've thought about the "What are your weaknesses" question a lot.

    My weakness is I can't stand people who don't vaccinate their children, with their ignorance they are literally hurting society (herd immunity) and therefore hurting me or my future children.

    But I realize that is their freedom, and just because I don't respect you or your decisions doesn't mean I won't treat you with respect. I'll give you (and your children) the same care that I would give any other patient. But I won't be happy about it. :/

    I'll have to figure out a way to portray that in an interview. I think it is a valid answer though, at some point we'll all have to treat child molesters, murderers, drug users, or simply just rude people - our level of care cannot change when if we don't like someone. Luckily we don't have to be their friend we just have to help them get well.
    I don't think that this is a "weakness" that affects your working habits. this is more of your personal opinion on a topic. Find something about yourself that you wish to improve that may help you become a better nurse. My weakness for instance was forgetting deadlines for health assessments, and I bought up how I overcame this by keeping alerts on my phone and staying ogranized and intouch with my supervisor regarding upcoming dates.
  3. by   amandatRN
    Thank you for this article! It has been a great help for the interview that I have coming up this week!
  4. by   Aviationurse
    Thanks for such a great review....I have interview in two days and am a nervous rack.....just tired of being unemployed x 5 weeks and so discouraged.....anxious....sad...angry...depressed ...this article have given me some ponters and given me some upliftment
  5. by   akanini
    Yes thanks, Commuter, once again for this thread.
  6. by   aprilpam77
    Thank you for the article! I have an interview tomorrow and this is so helpful.
  7. by   Joaquin49
    I have an interview next week...a little nervous. This is a great article that will help me tremendously because I haven't worked in two years.
  8. by   Wushu
    I have an interview next week and being a fairly new nurse I feel that I lack in the leadership area. However I don't know if I should state that as my weakness. I am working on it and I do feel more confident than I use to but I don't want it to seem like I can't do my job.
  9. by   CYoungLPN
    Thanks for this! I hate interviews
  10. by   bigsick_littlesick
    I had my interview today and I did horrible. I had less than a day's notice and I had to work right after the interview. It was with the managers from tele, oncology, med/surg and surgical. No pressure or anything!

    I thought I would get questions like the kind the OP posted but mine were so weird (I felt) that I just blanked. I recommend writing down clinical experiences or prior work experiences where you were involved in difficult situations, how you handled them and what the result was. Bring that paper with you so you have something to reference if you start to blank like I did.

    It didn't help that when I blanked, the tension was so thick you could cut it with a butter knife. And while the horrendously awkward silence was happening and I was sitting there looking like a doofus, they were all jotting down notes which only served to magnify my nervousness. Here are some of the questions:

    [FONT=lucida grande]- Tell me about a time where you know what the right thing to do was but you decided to confer with your colleagues first. (My first question and I completely froze, I feel like this is a horribly vague question)
    [FONT=lucida grande]- Tell me about a time where you broke the rules. (total trick question)
    [FONT=lucida grande]- Tell me about a time where your actions or communication were misperceived? How did you rectify the situation?
    [FONT=lucida grande]- Tell me about a situation where you were really proud of something you accomplished. And oppositely, something you wish you hadn't done or wished you handled differently.

    I walked out of there, changed into my scrubs (I'm a CNA currently) and just broke down at the nurse's station. I have a meeting with the recruiters for our new grad program so now I know what I need to do in order to prepare. I was telling my classmates that I was all prepared to answer questions about valuing customer service, knowing the importance of Press Ganey and HCAHPS survey results, our hospital's mission statement, why I would be a good fit... ya know, things like that... but nooo, I had to get the wonky questions.

    I feel so embarrassed and mortified that I feel like I can't even look any of these managers in the eye when I go back to work on Monday. I am my own worst enemy and the only reason I can't stop getting upset and crying is because I am so ridiculously angry and disappointed in myself. I thought of everything I should've said AFTER I walked out of the room. I would be incredibly surprised if I got an offer. I feel like I ruined my chances of ever getting a job at my own hospital, like I've been blacklisted. I feel like I am this great person that has so much to offer, everywhere I float, the staff all wants me to work there, I KNOW I would be a good fit, I love those nurses like my own family... But then, I feel like I only gave those managers but a sliver of myself and what I have to offer them.

    I feel like that interview broke my spirit Like everything I did in nursing school was for nothing...
  11. by   Rockclimbingnurse
    Late reply, but please do not beat yourself up over it! Easier said than done, I know... I have an interview this week actually, hence why I am on here, and I am afraid that the same thing will happen to me. I am sure many people have been in your situation, so these managers would not single you out.

    When I think of my past interviews in college, I was mortified at how unprepared I was. I barely looked up questions, didn't research anything about the workplace, didn't look sharp... I took the bus to one in 90 degree weather (in Minnesota, what the devil!) and showed up sweating and stinking. When I discovered, it was like I struck gold!
  12. by   SchnoorRN
    This post has been extremely helpful! I have my first interview on Monday. I'm moving from Illinois to Kansas tomorrow and have been entirely focused on that so now I know I need to start preparing. I think one of my biggest faults is not knowing what to say:/ I'm horrible at wording things and knowing exactly what I should say. Hopefully knowing the type if questions that will potentially be asked and practicing responding will help! Thanks again for this post
  13. by   nichanayumi
    Thanks for posting this! I have an interview tomorrow and this article lessened the butterflies in my stomach. I have experienced an interview before, as a trainee for a hospital, and I almost broke down because of my unpreparedness. Aside from "tell me something about yourself" questions, the interviewer asked me about cases I handled as a student (which I totally forgot at that time!), subjective questions about a certain topic (obstetrics- and my world shattered), and asked me to describe any basic procedure. Now, I hope my interview tomorrow would be better than what I've experienced before. Thanks again!