Published Jun 30, 2009
I have an interview coming up to get into an LPN program. I'm really excited!! It's been a long time since I've been on an interview. So I guess my questions are how do I impress them? Should I bring a resume? I've read some of the older threads on the kind of questions that might be asked. Is there anything else I should prepapre for?
Whatever you guys can help me with, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
Daytonite, BSN, RN
i interviewed people for nursing jobs mostly. my advice is to be honest. nothing ever irked me more than someone who was phony and got caught at it. if you had to fill out an application that included an essay i hope you made a copy of it because they may have it in front of them and ask you questions about it. it would be awful if you forgot what you wrote, especially if it was a lot of made up stuff. they are likely to ask you why you want to be a nurse or why you think you would be a good nurse. it would be good to know what an lpn does. you can find that out on websites like http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm (about lpn nursing from the u.s. department of labor). it shows that you have done your homework and you know what you are getting in to. as for the qualities of a nurse see this website: http://www.nursingschools.com/guidance/nursing-top-10.html - top 10 qualities of a great nurse. if you need ideas on what inspires you to nurse there are plenty of them on this thread that brian, the owner of allnurses, started a few years ago and it is interesting to read: https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/whats-your-story-346920.html. i will send members there when they don't know how to answer the question "why i want to be a nurse" so they can get some ideas. they may ask you about your goals and what you plan to do if you become an lpn so have an answer ready. i don't think its wise to tell them that you plan to go right into rn classes. why should they take you into their program? the qualities that we looked for in potential employees that we interviewed for jobs were:
not everyone is aware that my family owns a bunch of pharmacies and they employ pharmacy techs who go on to pharmacy schools. we write a lot of recommendations for them for pharmacy school admission and get a lot of feedback from them about their admission interviews. they get asked a lot about how they would handle a situation with an unpleasant or uncooperative student they had to work with in a group assignment. this is because they do a lot of clinical labs where they have to share things and from what my sil tells me the backstabbing gets pretty nasty sometimes. the stress isn't just in nursing school. a few things i have listed on my job interview page are this:
one thing you need to know about your future schooling as an lpn. . .it is training for a career. the instructors will be giving you your first recommendation for the first lpn position you will get. so, as well as teaching you, they are mentoring, watching and preparing you for your very first job. it's an awesome task. they are friend but some will see them as foe. the minute you graduate they are colleagues. i ran into several of my instructors after graduation and had a grand time working side by side with them as equals.
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I appreciate your advice. I will be studying the links you provided.
Do I need to bring a resume with me?
Thank you again!
Not to an interview to get into a school. Resumes are only for job interviews.
Great, thank you.
Just wanted to let you know...
I must've really "WOW'd" them in my interview.......I GOT ACCEPTED!! Thank you for your advice!
Include something about you being a great investment for their institution. This is a business deal right, you have to sell yourself in the interview.
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