my questions were all personal.
1. why do you want to become a crna?
2. tell us about what preparations you and your family has done to prepare for the rigors of crna school?
3. why should we select you over all the other candidates?
4. tell us about your strengths and weaknesses? (i had a lot to talk about when it came to strengths - i totally forgot to mention any weaknesses, remembered on my way home).
5. how long have you been in the icu? (i had only been there about 7 months at the time of my interview). i told them 6 - kinda got nervous and short my self 1 month. but then i went into my vast experience in the or setting as a staff nurse then educator and how i felt that would give me a huge advantage in that setting. so i neutralize the lack of icu experience and made it work for me. you have to be able to sell yourself and give them a reason to pick you!
the last question was something like this:
6. you seem so confident, how prepared are you to be a novice again? how well do you handle criticism?
then i was asked if i had any questions for them.
i said yes ---- when do i start? they all laughed then i proceeded to ask about the aana recommendation of a dnp for advanced practice nurse and what steps the school was taking now to meet that requirement in the future.
that was it, it lasted about 15 minutes, i even said, is that it? they said yes. i thanked them, got in my car and drove home thinking about all the better-prepared answers i had but didn't say. i spoke from my heart and not from memorizing a line.
however, i was prepared for clinical questions, i have about 8 binders full of icu facts etc (most i got from icu faqs, you can get it at www.icufaqs.org
, others from another anesthesia website i can't mention due to tos
,someone from the army on that site had posted the army's basic review of icu need to know stuff and i also reviewed stuff i received from a member on here who had made up a crna review book and was nice enough to share it with a total stranger, thanks chase!). i also bought 2 icu books and a ccrn review book and i studied for about 6 months. in fact i started studying for this interview before i even applied. so i felt ready for clinical questions but was happy to have gotten out of there with a behavioral interview because i rock with those!