Being a new grad can be tough, but so rewarding when you get your first job, and you will! I've been going on interviews and have had job offers, so I'd like to help in any way I can. Everyone I talked to told me they are given these types of questions to ask now. They are called performance based interviewing questions. If you google it, you can get good examples. I asked everyone if they wanted specific examples or general experiences and they said they want specific experiences.
I've been asked things like, "Tell me about a time you exceeded a customer's expectations" "Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with a co-worker" "Tell me about a time when you were given multiple tasks to do and how did you handle it" " Tell me about a time you had a difficult customer and how did you handle it." "Tell me about a time you went above and beyond a customer's expectations." I've also had questions where they gave a scenario you walk into, and what do you do. Things like that.
I was a LPN for almost a decade, so I drew from those experiences. Of course, the ones I could tell they liked because they would smile a lot, nod their head and say, "Excellent!" was from things that happened as a LPN. Being a tech can also help. Was there a time when you advocated for a patient? Was there a time you had a conflict with a co-worker and were able to resolve it in a peaceful and adult like manner? Was there a situation that made you learn something from it to help you in the future? They want to see you can handle change, adapt, think on your feet, remain calm under pressure, are well spoken, personable (make them like you as a person), work well with others, and if given a scenario, think of general things you do, but also think of what the causes could be and what you would assess for and tell them all of it.
But I never applied to critical care. I've had offers for med-surg, tele and ER because I only applied to the ones I thought would hire new grads. Plus, I don't have my BSN yet. Some of the offers I received were from nurse residencies, so I'm not sure if critical care interviews are different.
And general things I do- smile a lot, be positive (one person told me she interviewed me because I looked "excited" and she felt like I clicked with her- I did get an offer), always send them a thank you email (just a few sentences thanking them) within 24 hours, arrive 10 minutes early, and ask questions at the interview that show an interest- meaning, don't just ask how much money it will be
Good luck and keep trying:)