0Apr 18, '12 by bugbugrnSo I had my first interview and the nurse manager caught me off guard and said she likes her interviews very informal. So all those though questions that I practiced were fumbled. I felt so terrible. Some tricky questions that I was asked were;
1. Have you applied to other places.
2. What's a team to you? ( I said its all collaboration etc) but she said someone said there is no I in team, a person stated this to her and it stuck with her.
3.what else do you like to do in your free time?
How would you have answered these questions ???
0Apr 18, '12 by GleeGumi don't like unfriendly interviews. i'm sorry.
1. i would answer "yes" (assuming you have) but don't be specific. maybe she has friends there and wants to know what they think. what you want to tell her is "yes, and my first choice is here, because......"
2. a team is group of people working together towards a common goal. each team needs a leader in order for the work to be done efficiently and with good communication.
3. i think she wants to know you are a balanced individual. i would say even if they are not things you do "all the time" you can still say, i love to hike/volunteer at the soup kitchen/surf, whatever.
you know what questions i hated? the what is your weakness and what is your strength?
0Apr 18, '12 by Been there,done that1. What a weird question! Would have to just answer honestly. (truly wonder if it is legal!)
2. Glee gum said it perfectly. The old... "there is no i in team".... is ancient! Is the manager as well?
3. Have had a zillion interviews... never came across that question.... but I'm pretty sure it's not sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Good luck, interviews get easier!
Don't forgot "what do you know about us"and "why do you want to work here"?
0Apr 18, '12 by GitanoRN Guide1. honestly, on that first question i'm a bit stun i've never been asked or ask such question to my future employees.
2. taking care of each others back with one purpose and goal in mind, to deliver the highest caliber of nursing care.
3. i love spending time with my family and friends, plus i'm a volunteer for meals on wheels.
another one that is asked frequently is... where do you see yourself in 5yrs. from now?
plus i would add, two other frequently ask questions, what is your best strength? and your weakness? think about the answers of those two just in case they come up.
wishing you the very best on all of your future endeavors...aloha~Last edit by GitanoRN on Apr 18, '12
0Apr 19, '12 by HouTx GuideBizarre - sounds to me like the interviewer was not really competent. Interviews should focus on job qualifications & consist of questions designed to uncover those. This is not the place to connect with your new bff. Interviews should never include questions about personal issues/situation. Years ago, I worked in an organization (not faith-based) where the CEO liked to ask people about their religious beliefs & practices when he was interviewing them.... YIKES!!! I was always surprised that no one had lodged a complaint against him.
Srsly "no I in team"??? was the interviewer trying to find out how many cliches and bumper stickers you could remember? I would have responded "yes, that may be true - but you certainly couldn't have a T E A M without "M E" LOL - feel free to use that one next time.