When preparing for an interview you should go over the job description carefully. Make sure that your experiences and qualifications match up and if there are gaps, prepare an answer to cover you for this.
However, there will still be a number of typical questions that you will likely be asked and need to prepare for. Here are the 3 most commonly asked nursing interview questions and how you can answer them.
Possibly the most common question nurses will be asked (both in and out of an interview) but it is still important to have an answer prepared that you have tailored to the role you are going for. Don’t be afraid to be personal, especially if you have story behind your choice. If you don’t really have a story or something you are comfortable sharing then you can say something like the following:
I have always loved caring for people, even from a young age. As I have grown I realised that nursing is a way for me to turn my passion into a career where I can really make a difference to people’s lives.
There will obviously be a number of rewards to any job you are going for but they are looking for an answer that tells them about the type of nurse that you are, so try to offer an experience you have had which shows them the part you find most rewarding.
You could share a story about a particularly grateful patient and their family, or about a patient that inspired you through their strength. Try to avoid talking about money or how easy the commute will be. That’s not what they’re looking for here.
This question is not asking you to tell them about how much you hate working nights because it affects your social life. It’s asking you to talk about how the job role affects you personally.
You could discuss how hard you find it to deal with feeling helpless and wishing you could do more to help a patient, or how you find it hard to speak to the families of a patient as you genuinely care about people and find it difficult to give them news when there is nothing you can do to help them.
These are just a few of the questions nurses are often asked in an interview.
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