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Entry-Level Nursing Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Entry-Level Nursing interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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Can you tell us your top three considerations when choosing a possible employer?

How to Answer

A solid answer to this question will reflect your philosophy of nursing and your commitment to quality of care. Even if the hospital's pay and benefit package is the best around, compensation should not be mentioned in your top three considerations. The interviewer already knows where their organization ranks in terms of salary and benefits. They are looking for more thoughtful answers that reflect your character. Read through the hospital's mission statement and the types of care offered, and craft your answer to compliment those features.

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List of 35 Entry-Level Nursing Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Can you tell us your top three considerations when choosing a possible employer?

      How to Answer

      A solid answer to this question will reflect your philosophy of nursing and your commitment to quality of care. Even if the hospital's pay and benefit package is the best around, compensation should not be mentioned in your top three considerations. The interviewer already knows where their organization ranks in terms of salary and benefits. They are looking for more thoughtful answers that reflect your character. Read through the hospital's mission statement and the types of care offered, and craft your answer to compliment those features.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am looking for a position in a magnet hospital where the opportunities for advancement and growth are constant. Tuition reimbursement is very important to me, as I would like to begin working on my master's in a year or so. I definitely want to work in a hospital with strong nursing leadership."

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  • 2.

    Do you have any hobbies or interests?

      How to Answer

      Nurses have lives outside of the job! Work-life balance is important and so are your answers to these types of questions. Provide answers that demonstrate commitment, flexibility, service, or soft skills you would like to illustrate. For example, being on a softball team may suggest you are a team player or being the coach of the same suggests leadership skills. Taking improv comedy classes may reflect your ability to step out of your comfort zone and take critique. Being a beekeeper showcases your verve. In any case, this is an important question, so be prepared with your best answer. Interviewers are not impressed with individuals who live for the job. This is your opportunity to showcase your uniqueness and also illustrate other skills.
      Our answer example illustrates more than just a hobby. It shows sustained interest in a hobby, giving back and contributing to the community, and a commitment to learning.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I do! I am a beekeeper and have 7 hives. My grandfather taught me beekeeping and I've been active in the Lycoming Valley 4-H program since I was young and now mentor new beekeepers. Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby. To me, it's part meditation, part agriculture, and part horticulture. You have to know your local flora to keep bees. Beekeeping is very scientific and I learn something new every day."

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  • 3.

    Describe one of your strengths?

      How to Answer

      You could name any academic, organizational, professional, or relational strength that highlights who you are and what you're good at and is directly related to the nursing profession. All interview questions should be answered in a way that optimize your chance to secure the position, so choose a strength that mirrors the values in the organization's mission statement or the work environment. While it may be true that you are efficient, organized, and also write amazing poetry, focusing on the former is a better match for an interview as an emergency room nurse.

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      "I do well with critical thinking tasks. I really like to think things through efficiently and figure things out. I like to think that I am a great problem solver."

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    Describe one of your weaknesses?

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      This is a tough one and needs to be carefully prepared for. You want an authentic answer that reflects something that you've identified as a weakness, but with a paired possibility of improvement. Interviewers want candidates that are self-reflective and who will take ownership and responsibility for their work. This is not the time to own up that you are very sloppy and can never find your car keys! Your answer should mirror something that the interviewer will resonate with as a possible strength.

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    Where would you like to be in five years personally?

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      This is a great question and deserves a great answer! The best answer is always the truth, but if your truth is that you are going to marry Danny next month and start a family, this might not be the best answer. Always remember that it takes a lot of time, money, and energy for an organization to invest in and onboard a new employee. Even the best organization with the best employee support would be reluctant to hire someone who may exit within the year. Keeping that in mind, provide an authentic answer that is true for you and also demonstrates your investment in the organization's potential investment in you.

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    Where would you like to be in five years professionally?

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      Healthcare is ever-evolving and expanding and that should be your career plan as well. Be prepared with an answer that demonstrates your commitment to learning. Discuss your plan to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement program or your goals to obtain your BSN or MSN. When researching the organization's leadership structure, take note of any opportunities to become involved with in-house nursing groups and make mention of those groups during the interview. Interviewers love candidates who want to do and be better. It's good for the organization and advances nursing as a whole.

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    Why do you think that you are a great fit for our organization?

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      Before your interview, take some time to research the organization. Find the mission statement and be prepared to provide answers that align with that statement. There are many places online to review potential employers and the associated work environment. Highlight your academic prowess, your soft-skill attributes, your customer relations experience at Victoria's Secret, or your volunteer experience at the animal shelter. Take the time to organize your strengths and life experiences into an elevator pitch that showcases why you are the best match for this position.

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    Do you have any questions for our team?

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      Sometimes applicants are so relieved that the interview is concluding that they forego the opportunity to ask questions. Arrive prepared with questions to ask! Asking questions allows you to gain clarity and is an opportunity for you to shine. Do your homework, and ask meaningful and thoughtful questions that will help the interviewer remember you without challenging the interviewer.
      Ask what their favorite thing is about the hospital.
      Ask if there are any interesting perks not readily known at the hospital.
      Ask about the local area and interests.
      Ask about the staff turnover rate.
      Ask about in-house nursing leadership programs.
      Do not hesitate to ask questions relevant to you wanting to accept the position. As much as nursing is a passionate avocation, it is also a business transaction. You will be trading valuable hours of your life for hours worked for payment so you want to make certain that your first career inspires you to continue. Ask the hard questions that are important to you.

      It is wise to have a mental list of intriguing questions that not only give you an answer, but allow the interview to think about what they like about working there! Most of the nuts and bolts questions are easily available online, so take this time to humanize the interaction and to start to build rapport with the organization. The hard questions about insurance and other important considerations can be asked in the second round. Get through the first interview door in a way that authentically represents you and your career needs.

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    Why do you think you are a great fit for our hospital?

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      Nursing interviewers want to hire people who do their homework. This question is an opportunity to showcase that you've done yours. It is also a great opportunity to express yourself vibrantly and show off your communication skills. Nurses work in all kinds of environments. Most entry level positions likely will be more medical-surgical in nature, as this is where most new nurses gain their basic nursing skills.

      Within the medical-surgical 'bedside' nursing, there are all sorts of options and new nurses sometimes get hired in the ICU, telemetry, or psychiatric. Your answer may vary, depending on the job for which you are applying but in general, know the philosophies of the organization. Know the culture and mission of the company and know your own worth. You are interviewing this company as much as they are interviewing you and the benefits are mutually inclusive. You are hoping to gain a job that you love, and they are hopeful to gain an essential, quality employee with longevity. If you are a relaxed, laid-back person that likes to sit and braid their patient's hair, then a fast paced ICU may not be the optimal choice for you. After you have done your homework on the culture and mission of the healthcare organization and matched it to your own philosophical and life goals, then craft your best answer to reflect why you are the best choice.

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  • 10.

    Which nursing theorist do you align most with?

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      It is not a bad idea to be prepared to discuss your favorite nursing theorist during your interview. Whether it's Nightingale, Peplau, Orem, or Watson, or anyone in between, know which theory you most align with and be prepared to support it. Take the time to review the organization's mission statement and try to determine if its mission aligns with the values and concepts of your nursing practice.

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    What routines or tools do you use to keep yourself accountable at work?

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      Prospective employers seek employees who can manage themselves with oversight. Being able to prioritize and organize your day to maximize results are powerful attributes. Nursing is part art and science, and no two days are predictably alike. Employees seek individuals with organizational aptitude and creative problem-solving, so your answer here should demonstrate your organization and flexibility.

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    What nursing organizations do you belong to and why did you choose them?

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      Interviewers love candidates who belong to nursing organizations such as the ANA, because professional development is an important phase of lifelong learning. Healthcare changes almost on a daily basis, so nurses that keep up-to-date on all things nursing have a competitive edge over those who do not. Nursing organizations empower nurses to stay at the leading edge of their profession.

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    How would you handle a situation where a patient disagrees with you?

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      This question allows an opportunity to showcase your calm demeanor. Nurses are front-line workers and witnesses to some of the most distressing and vulnerable times in people's lives. Patients are often in pain, frightened, alone, and overwhelmed. Nurses deal with vulnerable people daily, so it's imperative they know how to handle the situation and optimize it. You also have the opportunity here to share an example of a time you successfully found common ground with a patient.

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    On a scale of 1-10, please rate your communication effectiveness and explain why.

      How to Answer

      Poor communication is one of the leading reasons for medical malpractice. Good nursing care depends on effective communication that is prompt, direct, and respectful. Communication can be verbal and non-verbal such as body language, facial expressions, gesturing, and even the distance between you and your patients. If the distance between you and your patient is too close or too far, communication can break down. A patient may miss the message if you are talking across the room, or become frightened or intimidated if you have breached their individual boundary of personal space. The best answer is one that is authentic and introspective, which leads to an action plan for improvement. Remember, your answers are a real-time demonstration of your communication skills.

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    For 18 years in a row, the Gallop poll has rated nurses the highest in honor and ethics. What does integrity mean to you?

      How to Answer

      The definition of integrity is having the qualities of honesty, fairness, and high moral principles. Nurses have been voted in the Gallop Poll as the most honest and ethical profession for 18 years in a row, and there is good reason for that. Nurses follow a code of ethics and demonstrate high levels of integrity by being authentic, consistent advocates for their patients and working well-within the confines of their state's Nurse Practice Act. Integrity is about doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right individual, with the right motives. Answer this question carefully and authentically, if asked.

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    Nurses experience vast diversity when caring for patients. How do you deal with different perspectives and philosophies in the workplace?

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      Nurses deal with all kinds of people from different backgrounds and with those from different cultures. There are some cultures that allow a family member to speak and dictate all medical care and this may seem unethical to an American nurse. Certain cultures may exhibit eye contact differently or follow different kinds of diets the nurse might find unusual, or even resist or refuse care. Healthcare places a great emphasis on employees knowing and practicing cultural diversity for good reason. You should think your answer through to this question, as the interviewer is seeking a candidate who is aware of potential biases and shows an openness to embracing new cultures.

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    How do you maintain confidentiality in the workplace?

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      Confidentiality and privacy in health care protects patients and maintains trust between patients, staff, and doctors. It is an important way of reducing liability and also promoting the quality of care. Everyone learns about HIPAA in nursing school so reciting off a cerebral definition is not necessarily what the interviewer is seeking here. The interviewer wants to hear a deep understanding of how HIPAA is violated in the workplace by not being mindful and intentional in your practice.

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  • 18.

    In your opinion, what are the three most important qualities a nurse should possess?

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      Hospital or health organization interviewers identify and encourage specific nursing qualities in candidates for hire. There are many strong attributes that contribute to great candidates and any combination of them could be a great answer. However, the best answer would be one that mirrors the mission statement of the organization. To optimize the interview outcome, the interviewee should review and reflect on the organizational mission statement, and mirror those values in their answer. Possible attributes are caring, attention to detail, stamina, problem solving skills, communication skills, willingness to learn, critical thinking skills, time management, empathy, leadership skills, and even a sense of humor. The potential hire may answer different if applying to a fast-paced ER position as opposed to the geriatric unit.

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    As an entry-level nurse, tell me how you will handle situations where more experienced nurses on your team may not be very welcoming or helpful to you.

      How to Answer

      On nursing teams, it is not uncommon for entry-level nurses to feel unwelcome and to feel the more senior nurses are not helpful to them. This is something administrators are well aware of, and unfortunately, it is a complicated situation to solve. It is important that entry-level nurses are aware of the dynamics they may face with more senior nurses. The interviewer is asking this question to get an idea of how aware the candidate is of such dynamics and how they will respond to these dynamics. To effectively answer this question, you should indicate that you are aware of these dynamics, and rather than telling the interviewer you would attempt to change the dynamic, you should say you would not get caught up in interpersonal conflicts and instead wait until you are welcomed members of the team. A more successful answer to this question would include a specific example of how you handled a similar example in you career where you were not initially welcomed.

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    What was the most challenging part of your nursing education?

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      Nursing school, at any level, is a very challenging endeavor. Students often struggle with various parts of their nursing education, such as learning to create care plans, but also may struggle with the workload itself. The interviewer is asking this question to determine if you can identify your greatest challenge while pursuing your nursing education. When answering this question, you should be honest about your struggles while pursuing your education and identify what challenged you the most. A successful answer to this question would not only include a summary of what challenged you, but also specific details as to how you overcame the challenge.

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  • 21.

    What was your favorite clinical rotation during nursing school?

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      Nursing education programs include clinical rotations, better known as clinicals, which are supervised clinical sessions where students gain real-world nursing experience in rotating specialty areas. Clinicals give students the ability to apply the concepts they have learned in the classroom and allow students to get an idea of what specialty areas of nursing they may want to pursue after graduation. The interviewer is asking this question to identify which specialty areas of nursing you may prefer. To effectively answer this question, you should identify which clinical rotation was your favorite and explain why.

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  • 22.

    Aside from your clinical rotations, tell me about your experience caring for patients.

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      While required clinical rotations that are a part of nursing education programs ensure entry-level nurses have hands-on practical experience, employers like to see additional patient care experience on a candidate's resume. This experience does not have to be nursing experience, especially for entry-level nursing, but can be experience as a nursing assistant, care partner, paramedic/EMT, hospital volunteer, or other position that provides direct patient care. Having this additional patient care experience gives entry-level nursing candidates a competitive edge over candidates without such experience. The interviewer is asking this question to determine if you have additional patient care experience and to what extent, if you do. When answering this question, you should be honest about your experiences providing patient care, as your skills doing so will be reflected in their job performance once hired.

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    Where do you see yourself in your nursing career in ten years?

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      This question is essential for the interviewer, as they are asking it to determine the career path you intend to pursue within the nursing profession. If you eventually want to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist, then they may not want to hire you for a position at a family medicine clinic. The interviewer is asking this question to ensure the opportunities they have available at their organization matches your career goals. To effectively answer this question, you should be honest about how you would like to see your nursing career unfold, and not merely tailor your answer based on what you think the interviewer may want to hear.

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    What do you feel is your strongest clinical skill, and why?

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      Entry-level nurses, most of the time have minimal experience working clinically and using their newly licensed skills. The expertise these nurses have is typically limited to the time they spent in their clinical rotations. While clinical rotation experience is limited, nurses can practice their clinical skills during this time, and usually finish these rotations with a few strong clinical skills. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how comfortable the candidate is with their clinical skills and how advanced their strongest clinical skill is. To successfully answer this question, you should be honest about your strongest clinical skill, even if it is not very advanced. When explaining why the particular skill is your strongest, you should describe your experience in conducting the skill and how you have been successful.

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    Describe your strongest non-clinical skill that will be most beneficial to you in your nursing career.

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      While it is important that nurses have strong clinical skills, it is also important that they are strong in other, non-clinical areas. Having strong abilities in areas such as time management, data analytics, adaptability, ethics, and communication will compliment a nurse's clinical skills and make them more successful. The interviewer is asking this question to find out more about the candidate's strengths as it relates to non-clinical skills. To successfully answer this question, you should be honest about your skills and avoid simply telling the interviewer what you think they may want to hear. After identifying your strongest non-clinical skill, you should describe why you feel you are strongest in the skill, using real-life examples that demonstrate your strength.

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    Our company sees patients in multiple specialty areas, and many times we ask our nurses to cross-train to different specialties. Tell me how you will approach a situation where you are asked to cross-train.

      How to Answer

      Cross-training nursing staff members is a very common practice within hospitals and multi-specialty clinics. Cross-training provides nurses the opportunity to learn and practice their skills in different areas; however, the experience can sometimes be stressful, especially for entry-level nurses. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how the candidate will respond in situations where they may be required to cross-train. For organizations in which cross-training is essential to maintain operations, it is especially important for the interviewer to feel the candidate will be willing to do so. To effectively answer this question, you should indicate that you would be willing to cross-train in other departments and describe the methods you use to learn and retain new skills. A more successful answer to this question would include an example of when you were previously cross-trained in your career and how you successfully managed to learn and retain two different professional skill sets.

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    Nursing can be a high-stress, unpredictable, and fast-paced environment. Tell me about your previous experience working in such an environment and how it has prepared you for a career in nursing.

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      Many entry-level nurses have a difficult time adjusting to the unpredictability, stress, and fast pace in which they are working under. The stress of nursing can take its toll, and it is important that each entry-level nurse be prepared for the change-of-pace in which they will soon be faced with. The interviewer is asking this question to determine if the candidate has experience in such an environment. To effectively answer this question, you should describe previous environments or situations that have been challenging, stressful, and fast-paced and how you believe the situations have prepared you for nursing. You should choose examples that are rooted in work experience, but if you don't have previous work experience, another example will be acceptable.

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    What inspired you to pursue a career in the nursing field?

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      Nursing is not a profession that is meant for everyone and the interviewer is asking this question to learn more about your motivation behind pursuing a career in nursing. A career in nursing can be both physically and emotionally challenging and it takes a person with compassion and a willingness to care for others in their most vulnerable states to be successful. To effectively answer this question, you should answer honestly, but focus on your passion for people and caring for others. A more successful answer would include a specific personal experience you had in your life that inspired you to pursue nursing as a career.

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    Tell me how you will handle a situation where you are asked to perform a clinical procedure or task that is within your scope of work but you feel uncomfortable with.

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      An entry-level nurse may have a scope of work that is quite vast, especially if they are a Registered Nurse, but they may not feel comfortable performing all the clinical procedures and tasks within the scope of their license. This is not uncommon, and it is not an indication that the nurse is not skilled, but simply a testament to their inexperience. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how the candidate will respond in such situations, to ensure they will not put the patient at risk, due to their inexperience. To effectively answer this question, you should indicate you would ask for assistance if you are unsure of how to proceed with the clinical task or procedure, especially if it could potentially harm the patient. A more successful answer to this question would include a specific example from your career or clinical rotations where you asked for assistance with a task because you were unsure of how to proceed.

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    How do you see yourself interacting with physicians, who sometimes can be demanding and difficult to work with?

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      Physicians have very stressful jobs and are under a significant amount of pressure on a daily basis. This sometimes causes them to be short with their support staff, and some of them often develop the reputation of being difficult to work with. At times, situations between nurses and physicians can become very heated and disagreements can arise. However, it is up to the nurse to facilitate a positive working environment with the physicians around them, despite any disagreements that may have happened in the past. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how the candidate will react to physicians who are known to be demanding and difficult, as it will determine how successful they will be in their nursing career. To effectively answer this question, you should indicate you would not take the physician's behavior personally and would continue to build positive, professional relationships with them, even if there have been uncomfortable situations with particular physicians in the past. Try to include an example from your career or clinical experience where you dealt with a difficult physician, superior, or colleague but continued to maintain a positive, professional relationship with them.

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    Because nursing is a very challenging career, many nurses face burnout. How will you prevent becoming burned out?

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      The interviewer is asking this question to determine if the candidate is aware of nursing burnout and if they are already preparing themselves for the prevention of such. Burnout is a significant concern in the nursing industry, as nurses often become burned out from the stress, emotional toll, and long hours that are required of them. To effectively answer this question, you should express that you are aware of nursing burnout and provide examples of ways you are preparing yourself to mitigate burnout. Try to include an example from your career/schooling where you avoided getting burned out in a job or project by using specific techniques.

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    Most nursing positions are not your typical nine-to-five jobs. Tell me about your willingness to work non-traditional hours.

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      Many nursing jobs require evening and weekend shifts, especially in inpatient facilities, rehabilitation facilities, emergency departments, and urgent care facilities. Because of this, nurses are not guaranteed a typical nine-to-five schedule. For new nurses, non-traditional work schedules can be a difficult adjustment, especially if they are consistently working evening shifts. When answering this question, be honest about your feelings and/or concerns about working non-traditional shifts. Be sure to express your willingness to work evenings and weekends during your nursing career.

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    Nurses typically work long shifts, often working 12-hour days rather than the traditional 8-hour workday, and oftentimes are required to work overtime. Tell me why you think you are prepared for these long days.

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      The nursing profession can be exhausting due to the long hours nurses are expected to work. Many times, to staff inpatient care facilities, nurses are scheduled for 12-hour shifts, and due to the nature of the job, they often are not able to leave at the end of their shift, so they end up staying longer and accruing overtime. The long hours required from nurses can be a difficult adjustment for new nurses, especially if they are unprepared for such. The interviewer is asking this question to understand if you are prepared for the long shifts you will face as a nurse. To effectively answer this question, discuss why you feel prepared for the long shifts, using examples from your life to explain how you have endured long days. A successful answer would include specific examples your professional career when you have successfully worked long shifts.

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    What value can you add to our team in terms of personal attributes, education, and skills?

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      Your diploma and GPA and the reputation of the school only tells the interview part of your broader story. Organizations are looking for their employees to have soft skills and people skills, as well. Nursing has been described as both art and science, and interviewers are searching for a candidate that combines hard and soft skills. Soft skills refer to how a person works and interacts with others. They include interpersonal skills, communication skills, listening skills, time management, empathy, teamwork, adaptability, networking, and problem-solving skills. Just about every job in healthcare involves some kind of customer interaction, so relational, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills are highly desirable traits.
      Soft skills are often transferable skills that allow the employee to adapt to new work situations and environments quickly.

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    Who influenced you the most in your life?

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      To answer this question, you could name anyone who played an impactful role in your life--your father, grandmother, coach, teacher, etc. Be prepared to describe an individual, their impact on you, and the outlook on life that you gleaned from the mentorship or interaction with this individual. The important thing is to pair authentic growth and connection with someone who led you to a nursing career or changed your perspective in some way.

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