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questions I may be asked, questions I should ask, any sort of advice that would help me prepare
First, congrats on getting an interview. Now you just have to walk in with a smile and confidence and sell yourself to the hiring manager. I assume if you're applying for OB, you're truly interested in this area and this should come across naturally during an interview. Managers like to see this. Don't just tell them "Because I like to hold and rock the babies." Most people do!! Really explain WHY you like this area! What is it? Do you like the ever-changing census, because you like to think on your feet for whatever comes in? The idea of caring for women and their new families and the unique challenges and opportunities to educate them and help transition them into this phase of life? Think about what makes you unique and qualified for this area.
What questions could you be asked? Here are some I've been asked in OB interviews...
Why OB? What about this area is appealing to you?
What specific nursing skills do you feel you possess that would benefit you in OB?
How do you manage your patient load/prioritize/manage your time?
What is your weakness in nursing?
Are you willing to cross-train to other areas? (PP, Nursery, L&D, etc...)
Willing to work nights/weekends/holidays?
Give me an example of a conflict you've had (either with a patient, physician or a manager) and how you dealt with it?
How do you deal with loss?
How do you manage your stress?
There are no certainties that any or all of these questions will be asked, keep an open mind and be prepared to think of a response on your feet. If you need a second to think about your answer, just say so. Interviews shouldn't be them interrogating you, however it should be a nice conversation back and forth between you and them... them seeing what you offer and you seeing if this is a good fit for you.
Questions I like to ask/good to ask...
You should always have at least 3 questions in mind to ask them. If they ask you "Do you have any questions for me?" Your answer should always be "YES!"
(I don't remember if you're a new grad)
How long is the internship/orientation? Is there classroom instruction as well as clinical?
What resources are available to me to help me transition into this role?
Is continuing education offered? Encourged?
How is the scheduling done? Self-scheduling? How far in advance?
Are there mandatory on-call requirements? How much? How often?
What is the charting like? Computer? Paper?
What is your management style?
What is the rapport of the staff with physicians?
Why do you like working here?