Published on March 15, 2021

Preparing for a Nursing Interview

nurse talking with patient

Job interviews are so exciting yet nerve-wracking at the same time. As with any interview, it’s best to prepare yourself for any and every question that might come your way.

You expect standard questions like, “Tell me about yourself” or “What makes you different from other candidates?” However, when it comes to nursing, consider specific questions that help potential employers understand what connects you to your job and your patients
and why you’d be the ideal candidate for their position.

It might be helpful to write your answers before your interview. This will help you think more critically about your answer, identify your feelings about the question and commit to an authentic response during your interview.

So, what should you ask yourself before a nursing interview? Our Talent Acquisition team offers these questions and scenarios to help you prepare:

  1. Why do you want to be a nurse?
  2. How have clinicals helped to prepare you for a nursing job?
  3. Describe a memorable patient care experience from your clinicals.
  4. Tell me about a time you made a mistake in a clinical setting.
  5. What did you do when you didn’t know how to perform a skill?
  6. Share a time when you went above and beyond for a patient.
  7. How do/would you deal with the death of a patient?
  8. What are your strengths as a nurse? What are your weaknesses?
  9. What do you find challenging about nursing?
  10. Which specialties interest you the most?
  11. What would you bring to the unit for which you are selected?
  12. What do you know about this organization?
  13. Why do you want to work for this organization?
  14. What shifts are you willing to work?
  15. What are your five-year career goals?

When it comes to nursing, consider specific questions that help potential employers understand what connects you to your job and your patients and why you’d be the ideal candidate for their position.