Interview Tips and Strategies for Nursing Interviews: The most Common Questions

July 4, 2013


Get Hired Fast - interview tips and strategiesAre you going on an interview for a nursing position? Getting interview tips and strategies before going into the interview can help you be prepared. Here are some of the most common questions you might get during your interview.

Tell me about Yourself

This is not an opportunity to get into your life story. Give the interviewer a brief synopsis of your educational experience, professional experiences, and career goals.

Tell me what You know about a Specific Type of Nursing

This question could cover any type of nursing. If you want to impress your potential boss, you should do some research on the topic and be able to talk fluently about the subject.

What do You know about this Company?

It is important to research the company that you are interviewing for.  Knowing more than the basics about the company – even understanding some of the interests or goals of the organization – will make you look like you have done your homework.

What would Your Former/Current Boss say About You?

The interviewer wants to know more about your work ethic. Don’t say something that you know is not true – because they can check – but brief and use a direct complimentary quote if you have it.

Why do You want to Work Here?

Connect your career goals with working at this particular health care entity. You should be able to articulate a positive reason for your wanting to work at this company.

Discuss Your Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses

Talk about strengths that would be helpful in the potential workplace. You can’t deny that you have any weaknesses but don’t go overboard with your description. For example don’t elaborate at length about how you “hate getting up in the morning.”

Are You a Team Player?

Working in the health care environment means that you have to be able to work well with others. You will have to interact with patients, colleagues, visitors, and others in your nursing role. Social skills are a must.

What Are Your Salary Requirements?

This is a difficult question. You don’t want to price yourself out of a position but you also don’t want to lock yourself in too low as well. Some nursing positions have set salaries for positions and have very little negotiating room. It would probably help to do as much research as you can about the salary requirements for the position you are interviewing for. When the interviewer asks, you will have an idea of the available salary.

These are some questions that are often asked in nursing interviews but variations may also be asked for other positions as well. For more help preparing for a job interview, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.

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