Nursing Interview Questions Masterpost!

September 26, 2016

Interviews can be nerve-racking for anyone! As I mentioned previously, it is critical to practice, practice, practice. That is why today I am providing with the ultimate list of questions you might be asked.

When preparing for questions, draw on your previous work experience, any volunteer experience, issues in classes, and of course clinicals! If you are still in nursing school, I highly recommend keeping a notebook where you are able to jot down what happened during that clinical day to use when you are preparing for a job interview. If I did not have my journals, I would not have been able to remember what happened during my medical-surgical rotation in 2013. (So weird to think about!)

Practice answering the questions in a sandwich format. Essentially your answer should contain the rephrased question, your response with details, and an overall summary statement. The last sentence is to ensure that you did, in fact, answer the question that was being asked of you.

Nursing interviews are not like other interviews. This is due to the fact that a large majority of the questions being asked of you are going to be behavioral type of questions. If you are asked a question that you are not prepared for, do not be afraid to ask for a minute to gather your thoughts.

Here is the list of questions I used to practice with and my actual interview questions:

  • Think about your strengths and weaknesses
  • A time you had to deal with a difficult coworker and how you handled the situation
  • What you are most proud of
  • A time you provided outstanding patient care
  • What influenced your decision to become a nurse
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Tell me about a time where you know what the right thing to do was but you decided to confer with your colleagues first.
  • Tell me about the time where you broke the rules.
  • Tell me about a time where your actions or communications were misperceived. What did you do to fix the situation?
  • Give an example of how you've handled a high stress situation.
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • Tell me about a time you advocated for your patient.
  • How would you deal with a physician is disrespectful to a patient?
  • You are taking care of a patient and you notice their oxygen saturation is declining. What do you do?
  • Think of a time you worked in a group. How would they describe your leadership traits.
  • You are preparing to administer medication to a patient. What is your process?
  • What is your stance on end of life options?
Hope this helps. Feel free to help each other out and post your own interview questions in the comments down below.

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