You’ve completed your training to become an RN and now have your license. It’s time to dig in and find a job. Perhaps, you’ve been a nurse for a while now and have decided that it’s time for a change. Either way, you’re going to need to prep for those interview questions. When it comes to nursing interviews, they are some of the most intense to go through. You’re ready to tackle this interview head on… or are you? Here are some of the interviewing questions that you will be asked and the responses that will help you land your dream job.
Question 1. “Tell us something about yourself.”
This is a very common question. Use it to point out your strengths and skills. Don’t waste your time explaining your education history.
Sample Answer: I am an energetic, compassionate, and highly motivated person. I (have dedicated/want to dedicate) my life to helping people. I have a developed sense of responsibility and know the importance of great patient care and communication.
Question 2. “Why do you want to work in healthcare?”
People have many different reasons as to why they have decided to dedicate their lives to being a nurse. This gives you a chance to express why you have chosen this career path.
Sample Answer: I believe that by dedicating my life to this profession, I can make a difference in the lives of others. I am moved to help those that are suffering or in pain. Seeing these individuals and wanting to help them is what has motivated me to be a nurse.
Question 3. “Why are you leaving your current job?”
Do not criticize your previous place of employment. Even if you’re leaving your other job because it has turned into a terrible place to be, focus on the positive aspects. Badmouthing your colleagues or employer is childish and, frankly, no one giving an interview wants to hear that type of negativity. Instead, point out the opportunities that you hope will come with the new job.
Sample Answer: My former job taught me a great many things and has allowed me to develop qualities that are necessary to be a proficient nurse. I feel that I need to find more room to grow and am looking forward to facing new challenges and the opportunities that go with them.
When you’re asked about your greatest failure, don’t actually tell them about your greatest failure. They’re testing you, your flaws, and what you did to overcome them. Tell them about a failure, but not a major one.