Preparing for a nursing interview can seem very scary as there is no way to know exactly what sort of questions you will be asked to answer or who you’ll be interviewing against.
While there is no crystal ball to guide you through your interview the questions you find here are designed to help give you an idea of the sort of questions you may be faced with answering when you are being interviewed for a nursing position.
In addition to going over these questions it’s a good idea to check with your local nursing school to see if they offer any interview rehersal courses which can be tremendously helpful in preparing you for your interview.
1) Tell me a little about yourself.
2) How did you become interested in working in the nursing field?
3) How has your education and training prepared you for work as a nurse?
4) Why did you choose to become a nurse instead of a doctor?
5) Do you see yourself continuing your education over the next several years and going for your BSN, MSN or DNP?
6) Where do you see yourself working in the nursing field in the next 3 – 5 years?
7) What sort of activities or hobbies do you participate in when you are not working?
8) If you were told that you could no longer work in the nursing field what would you do?
9) Describe an intense challenge or problem you faced during one of your shifts and explain the solution you used to resolve it.
10) How would you respond to a situation where a doctor was behaving vulgar or disrespectful to a patient or co-worker?
11) When you’re feeling overwhelmed by a task or assignment how do you cope with it and what do you do to maintain a positive attitude?
12) How would you handle a patient who is continually complaining about back pain?
13) How would you respond to a situation where a patient was refusing to cooperate or threatened a co-worker?
14) How would you respond to a medical emergency if you knew the correct medical procedure and the doctor refused listen?
15) Give an example of a time when a doctor made a medical error and explain what you did to fix the situation.
16) Give an example of a time when you knew you made an error and explain what you did to fix it.
17) What sort of nursing tasks do you least enjoy having to perform?
18) How would you respond to a situation where you were asked by the head nurse to do some menial tasks that are not part of your normal responsibilities?
19) Do you see yourself working as a nurse for the next 10, 20, 30 years or do you see yourself making a career change in the future?
20) Describe a situation where you had to work with a co-worker who consistently disagreed with you. How did you handle the situation? Where the two of you able to come to a solution when it was absolutely necessary?
21) Give an example of a situation where a co-worker / student did something to make you angry and explain what you did to solve the problem.
22) Give three examples of how what you would change if you were the head nurse and explain how it would improve the working conditions for you and your co workers.
23) What do you feel is the most difficult part of being a nurse and describe what you do to overcome those difficulties.
24) What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?
25) What is your greatest stregnth and your greatest weakness?
26) What would you do if you already made plans to go out after you finished your shift and your replacement didn’t show up?
27) Describe how you perform when you are under pressure.
28) Do you prefer to work with a team or alone and why?
29) How many years do you see yourself working at this hospital?
30) Do you have any questions for us?