Congrats on landing a second interview! That is a big step and you should be very proud of yourself! There is no sure answer as to what you will be asked, but always prepare as best as you can! Think of a few key situations that you can utilize and tweak for different questions (such as one story that covers “how you went above and beyond for a patient” but also would cover the answer for “name a time you dealt with a difficult patient”). I would not let the time frame of the interview scare you... when I interviewed/shadowed the HR rep told me just to be prepared for an hour long interview and 4 hour shadowing but the interview ended up being less than 10 minutes! I believe they just want you to be prepared “just in case” it ends up being that long. So, don’t panic. They may just want to make sure you won’t have any other commitments and have to end up leaving early.
Here are some go-to interview topic that interviews like to ask about...
1. “Tell me about yourself.” (Include here about your interest for psych... make sure to sell yourself!”)
2. “What are you strengths/weaknesses”
3. “Why do you want to work here? Why psych nursing? Why this particular floor?”
4. “Tell me about a time you went above and beyond for a patient”
5. “Name a time you worked with a difficult coworker (or difficult patient)”
6. “Name a time when you used critical thinking”
7. “How do you individualize your patients care/ how do you practice culturally competent care”
8. “What type of psych patients do you have experience working with?”
9. “Name a time where you made a mistake”
Now for psych specific questions I would prepare for answering things such as...
1. What patient would you see first (bipolar patient in need of medication, schizophrenic patient saying they are being told to harm someone, or a MDD patient with suicidal ideation a that is with a tech)
2. How would you protect yourself if a patient attempts to hurt you?
3. How would you assist a schizophrenic patient get back to baseline?
4. What is your definition of mental health?
5. What would you do if you needed to help another patient but a manic patient would not stop talking to you?
6. Name a time when you felt a patient’s wellbeing was declining and what did you do about it?
My advice for you in the shadowing portion is to ASK QUESTIONS! Show your interest! The nurse is going to most likely fill out a feedback sheet that will be a part in deciding if you should be hired. Ask questions about patient care, nursing ratios, specific equipment they use, how documenting is/what system they utilize, resources for nurses, how that nurse grew professionally, ask the nurse about why they chose nursing or where they went to school or how they ended up here. I would prepare of list of questions and write them down on a sheet that you can also use to take notes (you’ll want to remember some of the things the nurse tells you that wasn’t disclosed in the interview) However, don’t be too “aggressive” by asking a question every other second. Shadowing is usually a very “chill” experience and an opportunity to see how the floor works. It’s time to show off how you would be an awesome coworker! Best of luck with everything!