10 Popular Nursing Interview Questions

Odds are, at some point in your nursing career you will face a job interview. And while it’s nearly impossible to know exactly what you’ll be asked, there are some questions that seem to commonly appear when interviewing for a nursing position. Take a minute to look over this list and practice the answers you would give to a future employer. Preparing as much as you can ahead of time can help give you the confidence you need to sail through your interview with flying colors and get the job of your dreams!

  1. Tell me about a time you experienced conflict and how you resolved it.

    This is the time to show off your interpersonal communication skills. Try and think of at least two scenarios in which you experienced conflict- one as a caretaker, one as a co-worker, one as an employee, etc. Highlight your communication and conflict resolution skills, emphasizing any teamwork that occurred.

  2. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?

    This question can be tricky. You want to be honest, but you don’t want to brag- or throw yourself under the bus, either. Pick a 2-3 strengths you feel are relevant to the job, and back them up as much as you can with stories or quotes from people you know (such as “My last manager said I was her most friendly and reliable employee.”) Be honest about your weaknesses, but make sure you turn them into a positive by stating ways you are trying to work on them. For example, “I tend to avoid conflict, and sometimes that means I can get walked on. I’ve been working on addressing issues in a positive, constructive way early on so I’m not taken advantage of anymore.”

  3. What drew you to nursing?

  4. What made you want to become a (speciality you’re applying to, such as ER or pediatric) nurse?

  5. Why should we hire you?

    When answering this question, make sure you’re speaking their language. Know the mission/goals of the institution before your interview and emphasize how you can help them meet them.

  6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

  7. What would you do in this patient care scenario?

    No matter what the scenario is, the person interviewing you wants to see that you are able to think critically. Make sure you remember basic nursing interventions and also who your resources would be.

  8. What experience do you have that is relevant to this position?

    This question is great if you have experience in the area you’re applying to, but what if you don’t? Focus on what you DO have. If you’re applying for your first nursing job, highlight any clinical experience you received. If you’re an experienced nurse but looking to transfer to a different environment, emphasize the skills you have that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.

  9. What are your long-term career goals?

    Highlight that you’re motivated, but make sure you don’t give the impression that you’re looking to leave any time soon. Be sure to share any relevant certifications/degrees you plan on working towards in the future.

  10. Describe a time you went beyond the call of duty.

    Every healthcare institution in America wants to provide a great customer care experience. Think of a story from your career as either a nurse or a student that highlights your understanding of this important goal.

10 Popular Nursing Interview Questions

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