Nursing interviews are a great way to learn more about your potential career and the working environment of a nursing facility. Interviewers want to know if you have what it takes to succeed as a nurse, so they ask questions that will give them clues about your personality. The answers given during an interview might determine whether or not the job offer is extended, or if you need further training before being hired as a nurse.
Questions Asked Nursing Interview
1 Why do you want to work in this industry?
Answering this question effectively is all about knowing your audience. The interviewer will want to know what you think of the industry and if you are truly interested in working as a nurse or if you are just trying to earn money.
- Be honest about why you want to work as a nurse. If, for instance, your real goal is to work in medicine but nursing seems like the easier option, it’s best not to mention this during the interview unless asked directly.
- Prepare yourself with knowledge about how nurses can make an impact on people’s lives through compassionate care and service; this will help persuade the interviewer that becoming a nurse would be beneficial for them (and their career goals).
2 What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
- What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
I’ve taken a number of courses and workshops over the last year. I’ve been able to learn new skills that will help me be more productive and efficient at work.
- How did you get involved with this activity?
I was looking for ways to take classes that would help me develop my skills as a nurse, so I decided to register for some online training courses through [insert website].
3 How would a nurse describe you?
In addition to the specific skills required to do your job, there are also qualities that will make you a great candidate for any role in nursing. These qualities might be different depending on who is asking the question. For example, if your interviewer is an administrator, they may be more interested in how you interact with colleagues and how well you prioritize tasks. If your interviewer is an experienced nurse or other manager, they may be more concerned with your ability to work on a team or handle stressful situations.
Here are some examples of questions that could help reveal these qualities:
- How would a nurse describe you?
- Tell me about one time when you had trouble communicating with another person at work (either another employee or patient). What did you learn from this experience?
- Tell me about a time when things didn’t go exactly as planned—how did you handle it?
4 What are your strengths and weaknesses?
The interviewers will ask you to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. It is important to understand that they are not trying to trick you by asking this question. They really want you to tell them what your strengths and weaknesses are so they can get a better idea of how well-suited you would be for the job.
At this point, there are two things that could happen:
- You might give an honest answer and explain that one of your weaknesses is constantly getting distracted by other things around the office or not being able to focus on what you need to do when there’s too much going on around you (which is a valid reason). Or maybe another weakness is having trouble handling stress very well when it builds up over time (also valid).
- Another possibility would be giving an unrealistic answer because we all know how difficult it can be sometimes being able to admit our own flaws instead of putting ourselves in the best possible light–so if someone tells us “I’m great at everything!” then we’re probably skeptical right away since no one can honestly say that without sounding extremely full of themselves… unless maybe their name happens Victoria Secret model?”
5 If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
A great answer to this question is one that shows your positive personality and also relates to the job. For example, if you were asked this question during an interview for a position at a wildlife refuge, you could say something like: “If I could be any animal, I’d want to be a bird because they have such distinct personalities. The way each species of birds communicate with their fellow birds tells us so much about how they think and feel as individuals. It would be fascinating!”
An answer like this shows that you are passionate about animals and expresses why being able to work with them in some capacity would make your life meaningful. Your answer should also demonstrate that even though you might not know everything about avian behavior now, you have an open mind and are willing to learn more about it in order make yourself useful in the field—which will impress hiring managers looking for someone who can quickly adapt without needing too much training from scratch.
6 How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
The interviewer will ask you to give a specific answer. Be honest and be specific about how long you would stay with us if hired.
7 What is the most difficult situation you have faced? And how did you deal with it?
When asked this question, be prepared to discuss an example of a time when you faced a difficult situation. Make sure it’s recent and relevant, so that you can reflect on how well you handled it. You should talk about how the situation began and what actions you took to resolve it. Also describe any lessons learned from the experience, as well as ways in which you improved because of it.
In addition to being able to handle difficult situations well, good nurses are also able to learn from them rather than letting stress get the best of them. It’s important that your interviewer sees that you’re not just willing but eager to grow professionally!
8 Why do you want this job?
Why do you want this job?
The interviewer wants to know that you are the right person for the position and will be happy with your new employer. The best way to answer this question is by talking about how their company’s mission and values align with yours. You can also mention how your past experience prepares you for the position and why working for them would benefit both parties.
9 Interviewers are interested in learning about your skills and abilities.
Let’s face it — you’re not the only person applying for this position. Interviewers are interested in learning about your skills and abilities, but they also want to see how well you can fit into their current team and contribute toward their goals.
Here are some tips for answering interview questions:
- Be prepared with answers that show off your strengths, especially if they’re related to the job description.
- Be honest, but not too honest! Tell an interviewer when something didn’t work out so well for you in the past (as long as it isn’t likely to happen again). Don’t make excuses or try to gloss over mistakes—that will just make things worse!
While these questions are only a sample of the types of questions you may be asked in an interview, they are a good place to start. When preparing for your interview, make sure that you have some answers prepared for each question so that you will be ready when it comes up during the conversation.