two months ago, i had an interview for an rn job that i did ultimately get and accepted. i just remembered two questions that i had not before seen in the lists of usual interview questions, and i thought i'd share them here:
1. tell me about a time you disagreed with something your boss wanted you to do.
i was caught off guard by this one, because it was something i was worried would come up, as i previously left a teaching job because of this. i was worried, because i thought the right answer was, "i would ask for clarification, blah, blah, team player, blah, blah..." and, in reality, i ultimately did not agree to what my boss wanted and actually left in the middle of the year (we did not have contracts). i thought i was sunk, because the interviewer would undoubtedly be looking for a team player, and i didn't want to be counted out immediately. so i took a deep breath, and was honest. good idea. she said that she always gets the clarification, blah, blah, blah answer, and she wanted to know that i would be willing to advocate and speak up for my patients because i may be the only one in their health care team willing to do so. whew. lesson learned: don't be afraid to tell the truth, even if you think it will lose the chance for the job. if there was a conflict in your past, and you felt strongly enough to step out or leave the previous job or refuse to agree to something, then explain why you felt the way you did, and what you ultimately did because of it.
2. tell me when it's okay to call in sick.
obviously, she was asking me this because it's been an issue on her floor, but it wasn't a question i had a prepared answer for. needless to say, she wasn't looking for the nclex infection control standards, she wanted to know if i was going to drive her nuts calling in every time i had the sniffles in order to "protect the patients". not a question requiring rocket science to answer, but nevertheless, one i wasn't expecting.
of course, i got the other usual questions, mostly scenarios. not a single, "tell me about your strengths and weaknesses". and when it came to the peer interview, i asked what kind of a climate was on the floor, and how she was to work for. after a month on the floor, i still love it, and she's a great boss to work for!
good luck on your interviews!!!!