26 Jul

How to Have a Successful Nursing Interview – Top Questions and Tips

You have landed a nursing interview… now what? A Registered Nurse’s ability to go through the interview process effectively is very important. It can make a huge difference in the nurse’s employability.

In this article, you will find the top nursing interview tips that will help you have a successful interview!

Top tips for a successful nursing interview

It is time to forget your nervousness and anxiety and start getting prepared for your nursing interview!

Do’s and don’ts during a nursing interview

Do’s

  • Ask the recruiter questions about the company
  • Think before answering all questions
  • Tell the recruiter why you are the best candidate for this job
  • Maintain eye contact with the recruiter
  • Be professional throughout the whole interview
  • Answers the questions as clearly as possible.
  • Address both interviewers if interviewed by more than one person.

Don’ts

  • Don’t show fear, anxiety and nervousness throughout the interview
  • Don’t pretend that you know information that you actually don’t
  • Don’t be late for the interview
  • Don’t make it seem as if salary is the only reason you want to get a job
  • Don’t forget to smile throughout the interview
  • Don’t avoid contact with the interviewer.
  • Don’t act as if you are not interested in what the interviewer is saying at any point in the interview.

List of interview questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions during a nursing interview. Always be prepared to answer these question, and we’ll help you by giving you some tips in the section to follow.

  • What made you choose nursing as a career?
  • What interests you about working here?
  • How do you handle stress on the job?
  • What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?
  • Do you prefer to work alone, or as part of a team?
  • Tell us about yourself
  • How do you handle emergency situations?
  • What do you think are the most important skills that a nurse can have?
  • Are you a self-motivated person?
  • What interests do you have outside of work?
  • What part(s) of your nursing education did you enjoy the most? What have you learned about yourself while in nursing school?
  • How would you handle unexpected circumstances, such as being short staffed or having to perform a treatment you have not done before?
  • Tell us about a difficult situation you have experienced in a clinical or work setting. How did you handle it, what did you learn from it, and how would you implement what you learned in a positive way in the future?
  • Health care is a service-oriented industry. Tell us of a time you personally created good customer service experience for someone.
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Tips on how to answer nursing interview questions

Interviewers may ask several types of questions to determine whether you are a good fit for the company and what kind of employee you are. Knowing the types of questions that recruiters ask during a nursing interview is very important! It will help not only to get prepared, but also build up your confidence!

Make sure that your answers focus on your strengths and skills. If possible, you can add to your answers examples of when you encountered a similar situation that had a successful outcome.

After your interview

It is a great idea to send a thank you letter after you completed your nursing interview! Writing a thank you letter shows to your recruiters that you are a caring, serious person about the company and the job position you have applied for. Don’t forget that the recruiters will see your name and your application one last time.

The format of this letter can be the following:

1st Line: Say thank you.
2nd Line: Tell them why you are thanking them and of the impact of the interview.
3rd & 4th Lines: Express something specific that they shared during the interview.
Closing Lines: Share your continued interest.

Samples:

“Thank you for the opportunity to interview with (name of organization). I appreciate the time and effort from all the staff involved in the interview.”

“I remain very interested in this position and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about (name of organization) and (specific unit). I believe in the mission of (name of organization) and remain confident that I have the skills, knowledge, and passion to join your team in providing exceptional care to patients and their families. Thank you again for the opportunity to share my skills, experiences, and interest. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

We hope our tips and guidelines will help you ace your next nursing interview! Don’t forget to always be yourself and cultivate your confidence! Good luck!

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