Nurse Interview Questions

If you have been looking around for nurse interview questions, look no further. This is where you will find some of the most common questions faced by nursing candidates during an interview. Not only that, you will also benefit from a list of questions that you might want to ask the prospective employer.

Please note that the interview will consist of a combination of general interview questions combined with the questions specific to the nursing profession.

In this article, you will find questions pertaining to the nursing profession. For general questions that you might face in the interview please refer this page: Interview Questions and Answers

The first thing you need to understand when getting ready for an interview is that you have to be mentally prepared for questions coming at you (and in no particular sequence).

Questions To Be Prepared for.

Here are the most common nurse interview questions:

  1. Why did you decide to join the nursing profession?
  2. Please describe your experience as a nurse?
  3. What are your educational qualifications for this profession? Which is your alma mater?
  4. How long have you been working?
  5. What is your area of specialization and why did you choose it?
  6. Where have you worked earlier and what is the takeaway from your previous employer?
  7. Why are you leaving the current job?
  8. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a nurse?
  9. Why do you think this is the right place for you to work?
  10. Have you ever had trouble with a difficult physician or co-worker? How did you handle it? Please explain the situation and its outcome.
  11. Has there been a situation when you had to make a difficult decision? Could you please explain in detail?
  12. Are you a part of any of the nursing organizations?
  13. What steps do you take to stay on top of the recent developments in your professional field?

Questions You Should Ask Your Employer

An interview is more of a discussion between you and your prospective employer. It's not an interrogation, where you are the only one to answer and your employer the only one to question. In an interview it is perfectly fine for you to ask questions about the organization, your roles and responsibilities and any other question pertaining to the job for which you have applied.

Here are some questions you might consider asking your interviewer.

  1. Do I have to relocate for the job?
  2. What kind of shifts am I supposed to be working in? Is there any flexibility in shifts in case I feel the need for it at a later point of time?
  3. What is the duration of the shifts in this organization?
  4. What is the ratio of the number of patients to that of nurses in this hospital?
  5. What are the major challenges this hospital is facing right now and how do you think I can make use of skill and abilities to help with that?
  6. Do you have any probation period or am I considered a permanent employee right from the first day.
  7. What is the procedure for performance appraisal?

I hope you find these nurse interview questions useful. If you have got any questions that you faced during the interview that is not listed here, please let me know via the contact us page and I'll add them to this page. That will certainly benefit other nursing job candidates.

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Additional Job Interview Q&A; Info

For even more information about job interview questions and how to answer them, consider the "Job Interview Success System."

One of the 5 key components of this system is a 31-page report entitled "How to Give Job-Winning Answers to Interview Questions." In addition to giving more tips and strategies on general answering techniques, it lists 45 of the easiest, toughest, silliest and most common job interview questions as well as how to respond to them.