I have recently interviewed with a level 1 trauma center for a perio-op 101 training program and got the job. They asked me some basic interview questions that most jobs will ask like tell me about your strengths and weaknesses, but they also asked me specifics about how I would handle situations of conflict in the OR with a sedated patient. I do believe what they are looking for in a candidate, because I actually asked this, is for someone who is confident, assertive, not afraid to speak up and actually have a good idea about what a circulator and scrub nurse do. They asked me that so have a solid foundation about what each role entails. Also, as an employer paying for you to train, they want to make sure the OR is what you want. My first question was tell me about yourself. I used that as an opportunity to tell them about my nursing experience and why I'm passionate about the OR. I even brought a little picture taken of me with an endoscope by a surgeon during nursing school as an example of one of the most exciting days in my journey to be a nurse. I think it also helps to be prepared. Look over the company's website and focus on what they post about their OR department, and the periop 101 program if available. If that information is readily available on the website it may look like you didn't do research if you asks questions already answered on there. Also, ask the right questions pertinent to the OR like being on call, types of procedures, if they require you to specialize in a surgery, and will you be able to learn to scrub and circulate. By the end of my first interview, the lady commented that she felt like she was being interviewed and rightly so because I'm interviewing her to make sure this is the right place for me. I asked about management styles and how they resolve conflict in that department. I also asked about the department goals. Anyway, to sum everything up, if you ask well thought out questions, show your passion for the OR, and show you've done your research on what an OR nurse does it goes a long way. I wish you well on your interview. I hoped this helped. Please update me on how well it goes. I'd love to compare notes with someone as they go through their first year of OR training.