Nursing school interview

  1. Hey y'all!! I have my nursing school interview Monday (April 11). I am interviewing with four other people and we are being interviewed by a panel. This is the first time my school has done it this way. I've read two books on nursing school and what to expect, etc. but I would greatly appreciate any advice y'all have to offer. I'm going for my ADN. I am a returning student, I left because I started having grand mal seizures, I had not applied to the program then though. What kind of questions would they ask? What should I expect?? Any and all advice is welcome and thank you so much in advance!!!
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    Joined: Apr '11; Posts: 4; Likes: 2
    Taking care of my dad, student, etc...; from US


  3. by   FLhusker
    I just went through my interview last month. I got accepted!!!
    I, too, had a panel that interviewed us in groups of 5.
    My questions were:
    Why do you want to be a nurse?
    What sets you apart from everyone else applying (why should we pick you)?
    What has tested your integrity?
    What qualities do you think a nurse should have?
    What is your greatest accomplishment?

    Before my interview, I searched the internet for possible interview questions and came up with a list of about 20. I wrote down my answers for them and then I would practice my answers out loud so I felt comfortable saying them. Don't practice too much because you don't want to sound scripted, but you want to have some things to say so you don't draw a blank.

    Maybe have a couple of things in mind incase another candidate "takes" your answer before you had a chance to say it.

    Have some questions ready for the end of the interview. Maybe ask about their NCLEX pass rate, job placement, community service requriments, how many graduates go on to CRNA, NP or others.

    Dress like you would for a job interview. Almost everyone at my interview had on pant suits or at least a really nice blouse. Arrive quite early, they had current nursing students that we could talk to and they calmed our nerves let us know about the process and about their school expereinces.

    Try to be the first one to answer a few of the questions, but not all of the questions (if they don't go in a particular order). Do NOT go last every time.
    Be genuine! Make eye contact with the panel!

    Good luck, I know this is a stressful time for you!
  4. by   GamerGirL337
    Im getting ready to go through the same thing OP! Mine is April 20th...i got the letter in the mail the other day and it stated we will have 2-3 members of the admissions panel interviewing 6-7 nursing student applicants. It also told us we will be asked 3 questions each relating to Nursing, our extracurricular activities, community service, what we want to do in the future...etc...

    I don't know what to expect and I know its a big part of our final score so im freaking out!

    I REALLY want in this school so I need some advice too! I wanted to create another thread, but this one seemed about accurate to my situation!
  5. by   NCRNMDM
    I just got accepted into a program beginning in August! I didn't have to do a face to face interview for my program, instead, I had to write a paper that I handed in to the Dean of Nursing at our school. In the paper I had to discuss what qualities I brought to the field of nursing, why I wanted to be a nurse, and what qualities I thought exemplified a good and effective nurse. I feel like these would make good interview questions. Before I wrote the letter, I had to submit three letters of reference, and in the letters, the people were asked many questions about my character traits. The questions were things like, "do you feel that this candidate shows integrity? If so, how?," "do you feel that this candidate is trustworthy?," "has this candidate ever had any leadership roles? If so, how did they handle this role/roles?" General questions like that also make for good interview questions. If I were you, I would expect to get questions like: why do you want to be a nurse, what makes a good nurse, what qualities would you bring to nursing, what makes you the best candidate for nursing school, discuss a time when you have shown honesty/integrity/leadership, etc.
  6. by   Cait3229
    Thank you for all the responses!! I'll post again when I get done with the interview. I don't have time at the moment. And I'll post what they ask me and some other questions I've found.
  7. by   vbrown1977
    Hello all

    I also have an interview for a nursing program this week, I received the call on monday for an interview this week. My application was somehow misplaced and I was told that my interview should have been the 1st week of april, she even apologized. Since the school is out of state, I will complete my interview over the phone. Should be interesting.
  8. by   sanu22
    all the best!!!