25 Sample Nursing Interview Questions You Should Answer

As you graduate from nursing school, your next task is to find a job in your new career path. This is a very exciting time and could lead you to new and interesting places. Ideally, you’re confident about your skills and the knowledge you have built up over the past few years. But now comes the hard part – acing the interview.

Interviews can be tricky. You have to acknowledge both your strengths and weaknesses, all while showing your dedication to the craft of nursing and your desire to offer compassionate care in a chosen setting. To get you ready, here are a few questions you may be asked during your interview. Read through them and figure out how you might answer them, and you will be certain to get through the interview successfully.

  1. What made you choose to become a nurse? Why did you select your chosen specialty?
  2. Do you prefer to work as part of a team or individually? Why?
  3. What’s the most challenging part about nursing for you? What do you do to encourage yourself to keep going, despite the difficulties you face?
  4. What’s the most rewarding part about nursing? Which part of nursing do you find gives you the most satisfaction? What do you most enjoy about nursing? Why?
  5. Give an example of a time when you have provided proper compassionate care to a patient. What is your understanding of outcomes-based care and patient-centered care?
  6. How did you handle a time when you received orders from a physician that you felt were inappropriate or incorrect?
  7. Describe a time in your career when you weren’t sure of how to proceed in a situation. What did you do? How did you make a decision and what was the outcome?
  8. Think of a time when you had a professional disagreement with a supervisor or manager. What was the conflict and how was it handled? What was the outcome and was it satisfactory to both parties?
  9. How do you deal with rude or demanding coworkers, doctors, or other members of staff? What have you learned from working with difficult people?
  10. What do you do when a patient becomes verbally abusive toward you? How do you approach the situation? What have been your outcomes with this approach?
  11. What is the most stressful type of situation you have encountered as a nurse? How do you handle these particular stressors? Are you usually successful?
  12. Have you ever worked as a nurse in this particular specialty/department and worked with this specific patient population? What contributed to your success in this area?
  13. Do you pursue continuing education? In general, how do you stay up to date with the latest developments in healthcare? What nursing and medical journals do you read? What type of research interests you most and why?
  14. Are you a member of any nursing organizations? Have you experienced any major benefits from membership in these groups? If so, what are they?
  15. If you were asked to stay late at the end of your shift without any advance notice, what would you do? How would you handle the situation?
  16. How often are you late for your shift? Have you missed any shifts in the last year? What were the reasons for being late or missing a shift and what did you do about it?
  17. What is the ideal work environment for you to thrive as a nurse? What type of workplace dynamic are you most comfortable with?
  18. How would former coworkers or co-students describe you? How would supervisors or professors describe you?
  19. What is it about this particular position that interests you? Why do you want to work with this hospital/clinic/organization? What do you know about us?
  20. Think of a time when you were asked to work on a difficult project? What did you contribute? Was the project successful? How and why?
  21. Think of a time where you were in a leadership position, official or not. Describe that situation. Were you training or mentoring another nurse? Did that nurse become a successful addition to your team?
  22. Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? 10?
  23. Do you feel that your educational, personal, and professional backgrounds have prepared you for this particular position or role? How so?
  24. When will you be able to start if you are offered the position?
  25. Is there anything that should keep us from hiring you for this position? Do you think you are well-suited for the role?
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