If you’ve landed an interview for a nursing position, you’ll want to spend some time reviewing common interview questions so that you’ll feel well prepared and confident when responding. Keep your answers focused and positive while giving examples of similar situations you may have encountered in the past that resulted in a successful outcome. Following are some answers to common questions you may be asked during a nursing interview.
- Do you work better alone or as part of a team?
I believe that nursing is a team effort, and I enjoy contributing to a team, but I also appreciate the one-on-one time I have with my patients.
- How would you handle a situation where a patient complains of having constant pain?
I would be sympathetic to their complaint and reassure the patient I am hearing everything they are saying while doing the best I can to make them as comfortable as possible.
- How do you handle stress while on duty?
I handle stress by focusing on the care of the patient, which to me is the most important thing. If I overreact, it could upset the patient, so I do my best to stay calm and focused for them.
- What do you feel is most rewarding about being a nurse?
I find helping patients through the recovery process to be most rewarding. No matter how prepared or educated you feel before having major surgery, you can never fully know how your body will react and or how fast you can get back to your usual routine while recovering. Post-surgical rehabilitation can be overwhelming, but I take pride in going above and beyond in making sure patients get the best care imaginable.
- What do you feel is most challenging about being a nurse?
Because I am very involved with my patients and tend to see them as family, I think the most challenging part of being a nurse is having to leave work. Before the end of each shift, I do my best to make sure the other nurses understand all of the details involved in each patient’s case I’ve been working on to ensure the patient receives the best care from all the staff at our facility.
- How has your prior training prepared you for a nursing career?
Nursing is unique in the sense that it’s both a science because of the technical skills and knowledge you possess, as well as an art because of the wisdom, compassion, and empathy you carry for your patients.
- Why do you want to work here?
Upon researching this organization, I see myself being a good fit for this company because I agree with its vision, mission, and value statements.
- How do you keep current with medical findings and practices?
Continuing my education is necessary for renewing my license as well as keeping skills fresh, while at the same time expanding my knowledge base by networking professionally.
- Why did you want to become a nurse?
I wanted to work in an exciting career where I felt challenged. I like the variety of the nursing routine, and at the same time, I get to make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis.
- Why should we hire you?
I am a team player who is loyal to my work. I understand how not giving my best every shift could affect my team as well as my patients. I am comfortable as a leader and take pride in working to ease my patient’s fears while alleviating their stress during procedures.
Landing a job as a nurse takes more than just interviewing questions well. Along with researching and preparing for the interview, you’ll want to make sure to dress appropriately. If you feel like you’ve done everything you can on your own to obtain a nursing career, but are still having trouble being hired, look into working with a recruitment agency that specializes in the healthcare industry.
At HealthCare Support (HSS), our recruitment firm has earned partnerships with prestigious healthcare organizations, which can help get you placed into the dynamic healthcare industry. We have experience putting administrative to executive level professionals in both clinical and non-clinical areas. To learn more about how we can help you begin your nursing career, along with other information relating to the services we provide, please call us at 888-219-6285.