Should you bring a paper with questions to interview?

  1. Hi,

    I am wondering if it is okay to write down a list of questions and ask them at the end of the interview while seeming professional?

    I feel like this way, I can assure all my questions are being answered and I don't have to fumble with thinking/rewording the questions in my head. Say, the questions are tucked in my portfolio along with my resume, references, etc. so that it does not look messy.

    My second question is how many questions do you ask at the end of the interview?

    Thanks!
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  3. by   sailornurse
    That is a great idea, it shows you have thought about the position. It will prevent you "blanking out" or not asking a question that may help you make a decision about the job. I also take notes, just jotting a few words.
  4. by   vera4130
    Yes. It is as much me evaluating them as it is the other way around. I care about how units schedule, floating, staffing, education opportunities, etc. Well thought out questions should be seen as a bonus. And I'd get benefits info up front from HR.
  5. by   wonderwoman92
    Thank you both for your replies!
    I currently have about 10 questions that I want to ask during the interview..does that seem like a lot?

    Vera, what do you mean about asking the HR? I talk to the HR briefly regarding scheduling appointments, etc. So when is it appropriate to reach out to them again?
  6. by   rockbeatsscissors
    I don't think 10 is too many. You might find over the course of your interview that some of your questions are answered without even having to ask them. Make sure to leave space to jot down answers/notes and any follow up questions that you might get on the spot. Good luck!
  7. by   elkpark
    Quote from wonderwoman92
    Thank you both for your replies!
    I currently have about 10 questions that I want to ask during the interview..does that seem like a lot?

    Vera, what do you mean about asking the HR? I talk to the HR briefly regarding scheduling appointments, etc. So when is it appropriate to reach out to them again?
    In my experience, HR reaches out to you, once you're a serious candidate, to review benefits and other "HR-type" information. It's usually scheduled as part of the interview process, or they might provide you with a written summary.
  8. by   wonderwoman92
    Thanks! This is my first nursing interview and I'm very nervous! So glad there's this community to reach out to.
  9. by   elkpark
    I forgot to say that bringing a written list of questions is a great idea, and will communicate that you prepared for the interview and are seriously interested in gathering information about the employer and position.

    Also, FYI, HR typically just does a brief overview of the benefits and significant employment policies in the interview phase; if you end up getting offered a position, someone from HR will sit down with you (or contact you by telephone) and go over in detail the compensation and benefits package they are offering you (salary, vacation time, retirement plans and any employer contributions, etc., etc.).

    At least, that has been my experience over the years.
  10. by   ponymom
    Absolutely. I've always interviewed the interviewer.
  11. by   LadyFree28
    Absolutely.

    I have personally not brought a paper of questions, but I have questions that I have asked future employers-a few from this site (thanks!) that helped benefit me as a candidate and a future employer; if it would help you to have them prepared and written down, it makes you look like a serious candidate, as well as help you make a decision if a position is offered to you.
  12. by   Nori.Giselle
    I went on a NICU interview and I had a page full of questions! It shows you put a lot of thought into the position in which you are applying for and shows great interest.

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