Question In Nursing Interview
Nursing interviews can be stressful, but if you prepare ahead of time and stick to your strengths, you’ll be able to give the best answers possible.
Why do you want to be a nurse?
You should be ready to answer a variety of questions about why you want to become a nurse. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- You love helping people and nursing gives you the chance to do that every day.
- You enjoy the challenge of nursing and like working in a fast-paced field where there’s always something new happening.
- Nursing is flexible enough that you can take time off for family obligations, return part-time or go back full-time when needed, change hospitals often based on your career plans, etc..
Why do you want to work in this hospital/unit?
What is it about this hospital/unit that you like?
We know that you’ve done your research and have probably considered several options when choosing a place to work, but what about this hospital or unit stands out for you? When we ask this question, we’re really trying to get at why you want to work here. What makes it different from other hospitals in the area? Is it their reputation or a specific department or employee? This can be an excellent way for us to learn more about your personality and interests by hearing what’s important to you.
How long have you been a nurse?
The interviewer will ask how long you have been a nurse, and that is a good question.
You should answer “I have been a nurse for X years.” (X = the number of years that you have been a nurse)
You can then add something like “I’ve learned so much during this time, and I am proud to say that I’ve grown as an individual.”
This will show them you are proud of your work as a nurse and that you have grown into the best version of yourself when it comes to being professional in front of patients.
Another way to answer this question would be “I have learned many things throughout my career such as Y” (Y: whatever relevant information applies).
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This is an important question. Interviewers want to know if you have the confidence and ambition to grow with the company. You’ll want to talk about how your skills, knowledge and experience will help you achieve greater success in five years’ time.
If a nurse has been working on a unit for three years and then asks about opportunities for advancement, it’s likely that they are not thinking about staying there forever. On the other hand, if a nurse has only just started their career in nursing, maybe jumping into management too soon is not realistic or even possible based on their current level of experience.
In any case, be honest with yourself about what your goals are for this position as well as for others down the line (if applicable).
What is your greatest weakness as a nurse?
This is a question that you should be prepared for. It’s not too difficult, but it does require an answer.
The interviewer wants to know what you think of as your weaknesses, and if you can talk about them in a professional manner.
If you have no idea what your greatest weakness is or how to describe it, just say “I don’t really have any weaknesses.” If this is the case, then the interviewer will probably steer away from this topic and move onto another one that’s more relevant to your career aspirations and experience as a nurse.
What is your greatest strength as a nurse?
In a resume, you can say that your greatest strength is “excellent communication skills.” It’s vague, but it gets the job done. However, in an interview situation when someone asks you what your greatest strength is as a nurse, this is a great opportunity to tell them exactly why they should hire you. Asking yourself what makes you stand out from other applicants allows us to make our own case for why we should be hired.
There are many different types of answers: one person might bring up their leadership experience or their ability to work well with others; another person might mention their problem-solving skills or creativity; still another may talk about how they get along well with patients because of compassion and empathy. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses—what matters most is knowing which ones will impress your interviewer enough that he’ll want to hire you over the next candidate!
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict on the job.
- Describe a time when you had to deal with conflict on the job.
- If it was with a coworker, what did you do?
- If it was with a patient or family member, how did you handle it?
These are typical questions that might come up in an interview for a nursing position
- Why do you want to be a nurse?
- Why do you want to work in this hospital/unit?
- How long have you been a nurse?
- Where do you see yourself in five years? (Or, if it’s an entry-level position: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?)
- What is your greatest weakness as a nurse and how would you like to improve upon it? (If they ask what strengths of yours need improvement, tell them that there are none!)
The most important thing is to remember that these questions should not be taken lightly; the interviewer will expect thoughtful answers from someone who wants the job. The interviewer will also expect honesty about both strengths and weaknesses; no point in trying to paint yourself as perfect!
You may not be able to answer all of these questions, and that’s okay! Any question you can’t answer off the top of your head is a great opportunity for you to share what makes you special as a nurse: your compassion, empathy, leadership skills or sense of humor. And believe it or not… some interviewers actually prefer this approach over having everything memorized!