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So, I'm wondering what kind of weaknesses would be acceptable to share at an interview for Nursing School? I am so nervous about this interview and I am trying to practice answers before I go in in case they get me flustered.

I don't think it matters so much as what your weakness is. It matters more how you present it. You say I have a tendency to procrastinate. But in order to manage that I keep an organizer and maintain a tight schedule so that tendency does not interfere with completing tasks and keeps my stress level from getting out of control.

Good luck!

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Specializes in med surg,peds,ER,Dr. office. Has 28 years experience.

I have found that if they do ask for your weakness say you have trouble saying "no" to overtime. They would love it and it will break the ice.

I wouldn't go with the overtime thing, they don't even want you to work at all in nursing school!

So, I'm wondering what kind of weaknesses would be acceptable to share at an interview for Nursing School? I am so nervous about this interview and I am trying to practice answers before I go in in case they get me flustered.

They do ask this and it IS important how you answer. The main thing to remember when answering questions that might look "negative" in your favor is to turn them into positives.

For instance:

Interviewer: Kynlee, what would you say is your main weakness>

Kynleee: In the past my weakness has been procrastination, but I have found that in keeping a to do list and checking it off during the day as I go keeps me on my toes and ahead of the game.

Remember not to give one word answers as well.

For instance:

Interviewer: Kynlee, what would you say is your greatest strength>

Wrong Kynlee: Punctuality.

Right Kunlee: I find my greatest strength is punctuality. I feel it is important to arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare myself for my shift so that I am settled and ready to go when it is time to begin work or class.

Answering this way shows the interviewer your thinking and logic abilities, and for nursing school this is a MUST. Nurses have to think and respond on their feet quickly and appropriately.

Also, if you don't know an answer simple state so and then follow by saying "But I will be happy to look into that and get back with you." They can tell if you are reaching for an answer, be upfront and honest and it will serve you greatly.

GOOD LUCK.

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