Hey, I just interviewed twice for two different ORs so I'll share what I experienced. The questions i was asked were.
- why do you want to be an OR nurse?
- what is the role of the OR nurse?
- Who do you think is more important, the scrub or circulating nurse? (kind of a trick question. I guess they were trying to test my knowledge of OR nursing. I responded that they were equally important, but the circulating nurse is responsible for the entire room and has the flexibility of leaving the room and troubleshoot.)
- Describe the operating room in one word (weird question. the correct answer is: STERILITY. i answered teamwork :S )
- What would you do if you found a more senior nurse breaking technique?
- Why do you think you're a good fit for the OR?
- What can you bring to the OR from your previous work experience?
those are the ones that I can think of on the top of my head! They really wanted to see that I would advocate for my patient and that I knew that sterility is of utmost importance. I would say, really show your enthusiasm, make sure you know the roles of the nurse well, and that you have effective ways for dealing with conflict. You will do great!
hope it helps and good luck!
May 14, '09
Thanks so much for sharing your interview experience! It really helped me prepare. Best of luck to you as well.