Now is the time to show the interviewer you did your homework. Does the facilities mission and goals mirror yours? Are you excited to work in a facility that has departments you've never worked in? Show the interviewer you did your homework on the facility. Know the number of beneficiaries the facility serves, their specialty clinics, awards they have won and how you want to be a part of that team.
Don't be fooled by this trick question. The interviewer isn't interested that you got a new kitten and your parents are in town visiting. The interviewer wants to know why you chose this line of work, your education and how your past employment directly supports the position you are applying to. Answer this question with your rehearsed and memorized elevator speech specifically about your education, work experience, and accomplishments.
Because you aren't one to judge, tattle or be a time keeper, all you can do is relate to the interviewer that you make a point to be early to work each day. Make it a point to tell the interviewer that you rarely take time off, are always 10 minutes early to work and will stay late if needed.
Feel free to name drop during this question. Did you boss recognize you for a job well done? Where you punctual, never called out sick and were dependable? Think of the traits that make an ideal employee in the eyes of a boss. Added bonus if your boss will write a letter of recommendation for you.
"My boss would say that I'm a strong leader as well as a follower."
Tell the interviewer what makes you want to come to work each day. Was it the team that you were a part of or the excitement of a new case every day? Relay to the interviewer what you liked best and that you are excited about the opportunity to find it in the new position. Here is an example: "At my last job I worked with a great team of professionals. I look forward to meeting the team here and build professional working relationships."
"At my last job I worked with a great team of professionals. I look forward to meeting the team here and build professional working relationships."
The interviewer wants to know what you bring to the table as a successful Licensed Practical Nurse. Tell the interviewer what sets you apart from the rest. Not sure what skills, work experience or characteristics to share? Ask your co-workers what they feel is the one unique thing that makes you a great person to work with.
"I would bring my knowledge, skills, and passion to this job. My life's work has been caring for others and look forward to the opportunity to care for others here."
Be sure to read up on the organization that you are interviewing with and also have a few questions prepared. The interviewer is looking to see if you did your homework. Highlight how your goals align with the company and how you will be an asset to their team.
"I made a short list of hospitals that I'd like to work with and yours is on my list. I know it is a nationally recognized hospital that is known for service excellence."
Definitely, don't stretch the truth on this answer. Interviewers will do their homework on the facilities you've worked for. If you've never worked for a large facility and you've always had a small workload, that's ok! Share your experience with the interviewer and be confident. Share how you stay organized and on top of your work. Let the interviewer know that you can handle any size workload that comes your way.
This could be a tough question to answer if you are not able to work nights. Answering this question negatively isn't necessarily a deal breaker. The interviewer may know of a day shift opening in a few weeks and will keep your name on the backburner until then. The interviewer may be able to work with your shift request.
"I was hoping this was a day shift position. I will be happy to work nights but need 1 weeks notice so I can arrange childcare."
For some, administrative duties are the boring part of the job. Complete notes, update charts and organized paperwork will make your day go so much smoother. Let the interviewer know that you are an organized person that excels at administrative duties. An added bonus to this answer would be to mention that you enjoy supporting your administrative staff when they need assistance. Always a great idea to show you're a team player. Here's a sample answer: "Whenever I get some downtime I like to work with the administrative team at the front desk. I help them answer phones, pull charts and enter notes. I've found that when we all work together the day goes much smoother."
"Whenever I get some downtime I like to work with the administrative team at the front desk. I help them answer phones, pull charts and enter notes. I've found that when we all work together the day goes much smoother."
The best thing that you can do when asked about your salary expectations is to be open and honest about what you are currently earning, and where you want to be in the future.
"Currently, I am earning a base salary of $35K plus the opportunity to work overtime. Last year my earnings were $40K and I'd like to earn a bit above that in my next position."
The interviewer wants to know something personal about you that isn't necessarily listed on your resume. Share a hobby or something personal during this interview question. Don't make it too personal, you don't want things to get awkward.
"I spend my extra time volunteering with my family. My family and I volunteer with a Veterans home in town. I think it's important to give back to the community and have my kids help as well."
Have you always been interested in medicine? Maybe you follow a long list of medical providers in the family. Tell the interviewer a bit about your journey as a medical provider and what made you want to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
When answering this question, remember that the answer is never money. The interviewer is wanting to figure out what drives you as well as how you approach and view success. What motivates you as an individual is directly related to your ambitions, and hiring managers want to know what you like doing and why you like doing it.
"My patients motivate me each day. I enjoy spending time with them and learning from them."
As a Licensed Practical Nurse you may be in a situation where you have had to make difficult decisions. When it comes to your patients you will do everything in your power to stand by them during tough decisions. Tell the interviewer about a particular situation where you were involved in a situation that you had to use your professional judgment and what the outcome was.
As a medical professional you have received constructive feedback during your career. Tell the interviewer who provided the feedback, what it was in reference and how you chose to use the feedback.
"My mentor provides difficult feedback to me. The difficult feedback helps me learn and grow to be a better LPN and I'm thankful for it."
As a healthcare professional you know that there is no use bringing concerns to leadership unless you are going to come with solutions. Tell the interviewer about a situation you were unhappy with, what solutions you provided to fix it and what the outcome was.
"I would make a list of the things that I feel need to be addressed. I would then prioritize them and ask myself which are the most important. Then I would ask to have time set aside to discuss them with my boss."
We all experience stress on a daily basis...but how you relay this to the interviewer will say a lot about you. Steer clear away from the time that you lost your cool and raised your voice- we all have days like that but now is not the time to bring it up. Tell the interviewer how you manage your work stress and don't take it home with you, as well as not bringing your home stress to work. Here's a sample answer: "Every morning we have a morning huddle for turnover. We discuss current patients, who we are expecting in and what everyone is working on. Our morning huddles help alleviate work stress by distributing the work evenly as best we can. It gives everyone a chance to hear what needs to be accomplished and work together."
"Every morning we have a morning huddle for turnover. We discuss current patients, who we are expecting in and what everyone is working on. Our morning huddles help alleviate work stress by distributing the work evenly as best we can. It gives everyone a chance to hear what needs to be accomplished and work together."
Many skills are needed to become a successful Licensed Practical Nurse. You may learn these skills through education, on the job training or through your mentor. Answer this question as if the interviewer is asking you what your weaknesses are. Tell the interviewer what you would like to learn at this new job.
"I'd like to become more efficient at dressing serious wounds. I've learned a lot on the job and the nurses I work alongside give me every opportunity to practice."
Briefly, discuss what you would change about your job. Go into detail about why. Try to make the way fit in with the position you are now applying for. Keep your answer informative, yet concise. By telling the interviewer what you would change and how will show them that you have goals and the desire to achieve success.
"My coworkers and I are in the process of improving our turnover each morning. We are identifying the steps, problems and all coming up with solutions to make the morning flow better and provide the best care possible."
Your coworkers, patints, schedule and your scrubs....just a few reasons you enjoy being a nurse. Tell the interviewer what you like most about your career field.
"The best thing about being a nurse is that I get to help people each day. My job is very rewarding as well as challenging. I get to experience and learn something new each day."
The interviewer wants to understand what you dislike about your profession. Your answer will also help the interviewer know how to motivate you on the toughest work days. Make sure to complete your answer on a positive note as you do not want to sound like you are complaining about your job.
When answering this question you will want to give a specific example of a situation when you had to work under pressure. Explain the strategies you used to successfully get through it. Keep your answer short and relevant and relay the information calmly.
"I tend to thrive under pressure because it forces me to really focus on what I’m doing, assess my priorities, and come up with a plan. Rather than quickly reacting, I try to stop and collect my thoughts, remain calm, and envision a positive outcome."
Talking about accomplishments can be hard for some people. Have your resume handy for this question as you may need to refer to it during the interview. Tell the interviewer if completing your education was your greatest accomplishment or mastering the task of taking blood. Bonus points if your accomplishment can be something that you know they have at their department.
As a Licensed Practical Nurse, you know that you have to be a good follower in order to be a good leader. Tell the interviewer about the characteristics you possess as a good leader. Do you listen and empower your co-workers when working within a multi-disciplinary team? Is your work ethic and integrity one that other's strive to learn? Tell the interviewer about a time that you led your team to success. Do you have a past supervisor that can validate your leadership capabilities? Leave that letter of recommendation in the hands of the interviewer at the end of the interview.
Time management skills are key to being a successful Licensed Practical Nurse. You will juggle multiple patients and projects and will need some sort of system to keep track of it all. Tell the interviewer about the system you utilize to manage your time.
"Time management is an important part of meeting deadlines and being successful in my role as a Licensed Practical Nurse. While there are general activities that are ongoing in my role, I manage my time based on pressing projects and the needs of the people I support in my role. When necessary, I adapt and ensure flexibility in my time management."
Now is your time to get answers to your questions that have come up based on your grueling interview. Steer clear of salary, benefits and other questions that might make you sound pushy or that you are trying to negotiate the terms of a job that hasn't been offered to you yet. Take this time to clarify questions of what hours you will be working, what type of patients they see most of and why the interviewer enjoys working for this hospital.
"Why do you enjoy working here?"
Licensed practical nurses provide basic nursing care to patients in various healthcare facilities. They may work in small or large hospitals, privately run clinic, public health settings or within the community. In all settings, licensed practical nurses or LPNs work under the direction of physicians and RNs or registered nurses. Licensed Practical nurses interview patients and record their information, help doctors and RNs to plan and manage patient care, administer injections, monitor patient's health conditions and verify patients' charts are updated regularly. Some LPNs also provide health care services to patients in their homes.
To become a licensed practical nurse, you must complete a diploma or certificate program or a degree from a state recognized and accredited institution. The higher the qualification you complete, the higher your starting salary will be. In addition to obtaining a diploma or degree, all nurses are required to take the NCLEX and any other certification exam for the state they want to work in. Necessary work experience can be obtained by doing an internship, volunteering with a charity organization and shadowing an experienced nurse on the job. You must genuinely care about helping sick people if you wish to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse.
At the interview for a licensed practical nurse role, your interviewer will ask you various questions to determine whether or not you are a good fit for their organization. Be prepared to tell the interviewer about your work experience, tasks you've performed, what you like about the job and what characteristics you have that makes you an exceptional LPN.