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Interview Questions for Nurses

Girija Shinde
Interviews related to the medical field can be tough because when there is a question of life and death, hiring the perfect candidate is required, and no hospital or organization is going to settle for someone less. So preparing yourself well in advance is the only key to get a job in the nursing profession, where there is rarely any room for error.
Before a doctor examines you, it is the nurse who assists you. He/she is the one who is constantly by your side. The job of a nurse is not easy. It requires versatility.
To choose the right person for the position of a nurse, one needs to know the different kinds of questions that should be asked. Also, aspirants for a nurse's job should know these frequently asked questions.
There are various kinds of nurses such as: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), etc. However, the following questions are applicable to all nurses.

Job Interview Questions for Nurses - FAQs

■ Tell us about yourself.
■ What made you choose this field?
■ Do you have any experience in this field?If yes, why did you leave your earlier job?
■ Where are you from?How long have you been living here?
■ Do you want to make nursing your career?
■ Tell me about your family background.
■ Can you work in shifts?
■ How would you describe an ideal nurse?
■ Is your family dependent on you?
■ If needed,can you work on Sundays?
■ What are you more comfortable with, working as a team or individually?

Important Interview Questions

■ Do you have a degree in nursing? Did you appear for NCL Examination?
■ According to you, what are your strength & weakness?
■ What do you think are the challenges in this field?
■ Why have you chosen this hospital to work?
■ What's your specialty in this field?
■ What's your idea of patient care?
■ Tell us your salary expectations?.
■ Till date, which has been the most strenuous situation you have faced?
■ Why do you think it is necessary to update your knowledge every time?
If you do not hold a degree, explain the reasons. If you have any plans to pursue higher education, let them know. There are some nursing schools where you can get a degree. You can also get a nursing degree online.
It is advisable to appear for NCLEX, as candidates who have appeared for NCLEX are given priority, especially if they have a good score. Also, do not talk about your personal strengths and weaknesses. Mention them in the context of the profession.
Be careful while talking about your weaknesses. Avoid mentioning things that may affect your professional life. However, be honest. You can say something like "I go out of my way to help people in need, and this can lead to stress". Remember, honesty is the foundation of a promising career.

Tricky Interview Questions

1. What do you expect from this institution?
2. How will you handle a patient who constantly comes to you with health complaints, when he is perfectly alright?
3. If a patient's relatives start a fight with you, even though you have treated the patient very well, how will you handle it?
4. The management department gives you instructions which you're sure, are not beneficial to the company, how would you convey them?
5. How do you handle two clients at once?

Answers to the Tricky Questions

1. Answer the question about why you have chosen this particular hospital to work, creatively. Say something like, "I think my abilities can be put to good use here", or "I like the work environment here." A nurse is in constant contact with patients, so he/she is expected to be friendly.
Say that you are a people person. Be frank about your expectations from the institution, but don't be too demanding.
2. This question is very tricky. Think about it, and answer in a few words like, "I will politely try to make him understand that he is absolutely fine and if I fail to do so, I will contact the doctor and seek his help in convincing him."
3. Here, the hospital will expect an answer like, "I will tell them that the hospital is trying its very best to provide all possible support to the patient, and they need not worry."
4. This question is asked to gauge your versatility. So along with mentioning a few names of books from the nursing field, or medical journals, feel free to express your interests from other genres.
5. Try talking to your immediate thoughts and express your concerns. Make sure you don't imply that you're questioning authority; so always express your views by saying something like "I may be wrong, but I think..."
6. Attend to both the clients, note down in brief their say. Then prioritize depending on the emergency.
These were some examples of questions that are most likely to be asked in an interview and the way in which you should answer them. They will certainly prove beneficial and brighten your chances of getting into this profession. The important thing is to remain calm and make the best use of your knowledge. All the best!