I'm new here, this is my first posting, but I've lurked on this board for a little while.
I have applied to an LPN program in Florida that starts in April (it's a part time, 18 month long program), and got called this morning to schedule my admissions interview, which is on Feb 25.
I'm a little nervous about this, because I've heard horror stories about schools having 200 applicants for 25 spots, etc. And I really want to knock-em-dead in the interview. I'm trying to prepare, and I'm wondering what sorts of questions might be asked.
For those who had to have an interview for admissions:
How was it? What questions did you get asked? Any tips on answers to avoid? I've been told to avoid answers that sound like I'm trying to channel Florence N. or Clara B, and to focus on answers that indicate I understand that nursing is hard work.
Thanks so much for the help!
Feb 11, '03
Hi Power Puff,
My school does not have an interview process but I thought that I might mention a few things that would help you.
1) After they ask questions of you, you should ask some questions of them. Even if you have done a ton of research and know everything there possibly is to know about their program you should ask a few questions because this shows them that you have done your research and that you are showing interest in them and the program. Kind of like a job interview. It's important at the end to ask questions so that they know you are genuinely interested.
2) Go to Monster.com. They have an interactive interview section that I have found very helpful. I don't know if they have a "student section - school interview section" but if you reviewed the interview questions for the Health Care Fields you would probably find it helpful in that it would give you a better idea of how to "word" your responses and how to deal with those tough questions like "name 5 negative things about yourself", etc.
3) When it comes to the other tough questions like "why do you want to be a nurse" and you don't want to go all Florence on them I have always been told that the best response is an honest and sincere one. since you have some time think about why you want to be a nurse and prepare a response, but don't practice it too much, you don't want it to be "canned". Just be honest.
I'm sure you will do fine and good luck!
Feb 12, '03
Thanks for the good wishes!
I keep telling myself that I'll be fine, I usually do well on interviews, but this is definately new territory!
I have everything else taken care of - did really well on my pre-reqs, entrance exam, my references are good, and I think my personal statement was good - in it, I focused on specific qualities and skills I have learned from other jobs, and how I think they will translate to the field of nursing, using specific examples.
Anyhow, I'll have to keep y'all posted.