Every interview will be conducted based on the hiring managers approach, but even so there are common question you are likely to encounter. Here are some of them along with ideas to help you prepare, impress, and respond with confidence.
1. “Tell me about yourself.”
Remember they have already read your resume, so no need to repeat what is there. You can offer a brief overview of your accomplishments, but there is much more to you than that. Let them get a sense of your authentic self. Share what inspires you, what’s important to you. Perhaps why you chose Nursing, your passion for patient care. Your responses do not have to be limited to Nursing, this is an opportunity to share other aspects of your like, like your values, hobbies, volunteer work and potentially ways you invest in self-care.
2. “Why do you want to work here?”
It will go a long way if you can describe why you have chosen this facility, this particular job. Research the organization and the unit you are interviewing for beforehand. Mention specific aspects that attract you, things like their reputation for patient-centered care, innovative practices, or their commitment to professional development. Emphasize how your interests and values align with theirs.
3. “What qualities or skills do you possess that make you a good Nurse?”
Be careful not to list things like GPA, or technical skills here. You'll want too highlight key attributes like compassion, empathy, strong communication skills, attention to detail, critical thinking, team work, adaptability, and the ability to handle high-stress situations. Have a few examples ready. This is another place you can mention self-care practices to keep stress under control.
4. “How do you handle difficult or challenging patients?”
Discuss your approach to establishing rapport, active listening, and empathy. Mention your ability to remain calm and professional, and your focus on understanding the underlying needs and concerns of the patient or their family. It's good to have a few examples ready.
5. “How do you prioritize and manage workload?”
Explain your organizational skills, time management strategies, and ability to prioritize. Discuss how you assess patient needs, collaborate with team members and adapt plans as necessary. Highlight your ability to maintain attention to detail and ensure patient safety.
6. “How do you stay updated with advancements in Nursing?”
Discuss your commitment to lifelong learning, continuing education, and professional development. Mention specific ways you stay updated such as attending conferences, reading Nursing journals, participating in webinars or being an active member of a Nursing organization.
7. “Describe a situation where you had to make a difficult decision related to patient care.”
Be ready to share a challenging scenario where you had to make a tough decisions, balancing multiple factors and considering patient safety and well-being. Describe the process you followed, information you gathered and how you ultimately made the decision, highlighting the outcome.
8. “How do you handle stressful situations in a fast-paced environment?”
Discuss your ability to remain calm under pressure, your experience in fast paced settings, and any coping mechanisms you employ to manage stress. Highlight your adaptability, problem solving skills, and ability to effectively communicate and collaborate. In today’s world, it is also important too emphasize how you care for
yourself, what activities you employ to help you manage stress over time.
Remember to tailor your responses to your own experience and strengths. Consider practicing
with a friend or family member to build confidence and ensure your responses are concise and
focused. Good luck!