I just went through my interview last month. I got accepted!!!
I, too, had a panel that interviewed us in groups of 5.
My questions were:
Why do you want to be a nurse?
What sets you apart from everyone else applying (why should we pick you)?
What has tested your integrity?
What qualities do you think a nurse should have?
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Before my interview, I searched the internet for possible interview questions
and came up with a list of about 20. I wrote down my answers for them and then I would practice my answers out loud so I felt comfortable saying them. Don't practice too much because you don't want to sound scripted, but you want to have some things to say so you don't draw a blank.
Maybe have a couple of things in mind incase another candidate "takes" your answer before you had a chance to say it.
Have some questions ready for the end of the interview. Maybe ask about their NCLEX pass rate, job placement, community service requriments, how many graduates go on to CRNA, NP or others.
Dress like you would for a job interview
. Almost everyone at my interview had on pant suits or at least a really nice blouse. Arrive quite early, they had current nursing students that we could talk to and they calmed our nerves let us know about the process and about their school expereinces.
Try to be the first one to answer a few of the questions, but not all of the questions (if they don't go in a particular order). Do NOT go last every time.
Be genuine! Make eye contact with the panel!
Good luck, I know this is a stressful time for you!