Anyone preparing for a job interview needs to do their homework, but nurses need a few extra techniques in their toolbox to master the interview process. According to Keith Carlson, Nurse.com’s career advice columnist, nurses often face scenario-based nursing interview questions in which interviewers ask for explanations to particular clinical situations.
For example, you may be asked about a time you were faced with a difficult family member and how you handled it, or how you would handle a medical error. Practice ahead of time answering nursing interview questions in a way that shows you are a problem-solver. Offer up examples from your nursing career to demonstrate how you've picked up the slack, organized workflow and contributed in ways that ensured efficiency.
Potential nursing interview questions for which you will want to prepare:
- Why do you want to work in this industry?
- Why are you leaving your current role?
- What is your approach for getting along with difficult nursing staff members?
- When your unit is short-staffed, how do you handle your workload?
- How do you deal with difficult doctors?
- How would you give a treatment that you have never administered before?
- How would you describe your ideal job and your ideal work environment?
- How do you keep up with the latest information in the nursing field?
- What do you think are the most challenging aspects of meeting patients' needs?
- What are your goals in terms of going back to school, becoming certified or taking on management responsibilities?