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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 30
Talk to me about Digoxin and how it works.
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The interviewer is assessing your knowledge as a Nurse Anesthetist. You can keep your answer brief, and to the point.
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1.
Talk to me about Digoxin and how it works.
The interviewer is assessing your knowledge as a Nurse Anesthetist. You can keep your answer brief, and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer
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2.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Here is an example answer: "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Rachelle's Answer
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
3.
Describe the techniques you have used to manage patient airway or pulmonary status.
The interviewer will see your qualifications and work history on your resume so a few technical questions may be asked of you. Here is a sample interview answer that you can use to show the interviewer that you have the right skills to be their next Nurse Anesthetist.

Rachelle's Answer
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4.
As a nurse anesthetist, you have many employment options. Why did you apply to our health care facility?
The interviewer wants to be assured that your career goals align with what they can offer at their facility. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you see a long-term fit there. Be as specific as possible.

Rachelle's Answer
"Your facility stands out from the others in many ways. I was especially drawn to the clinic because of its reputation for offering advanced education opportunities, and the many benefits available for staff including childcare and gym membership. I absolutely see a strong, long term fit here."
5.
What do you dislike most about being a Nurse Anesthetist?
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.

Rachelle's Answer
"The unpredictable and variable work schedule can make it difficult to manage work-life balance and personal commitments. Although this is a challenge, the pro's outweigh the con's because I find my career to be incredibly fulfilling."
6.
Walk me through your career as a Nurse Anesthetist.
The interviewer would like to fully understand your career path so far. Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for them. Highlight your education and other specific achievements.

Rachelle's Answer
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7.
What do you know about our health care facility?
The interviewer would like to see that you have done your research on their organization prior to the interview. Talk to the interviewer about your research by discussing recent articles or news related to their facility. Highlight any awards the facility has won and that you want to be apart of their team.

Rachelle's Answer
"I know that your facility is the newest facility in a 150-mile radius. You currently care for upwards of 3,000 patients per day and I am very familiar with the Board for this facility as well. The reputation of this facility is strong and I look forward to joining such a seasoned and professional health care team."
8.
What do you enjoy most about being a Registered Nurse Anesthetist (RNA)?
The interviewer would like to know what drives you to do a great job at work every day - even on the toughest of days! Your answer should reflect your genuine passion and enthusiasm for what you do.

Rachelle's Answer
"I enjoy the high degree of autonomy and professional respect RNA's command. The role carries a high degree of responsibility but the work is very gratifying. I also enjoy the additional responsibilities of research and being an educator - contributing to the development of students in a clinical setting brings a great deal of satisfaction."
9.
In your professional opinion, what is normal intracranial pressure (ICP)?
The interviewer is assessing your knowledge as a nurse anesthetist. Keep your answer brief, and to the point. Feel free to share a story that challenged this situation within your career.

Rachelle's Answer
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10.
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
One of the toughest parts of communication can be delivering bad news to people that you work with and care about. Whether it is delivering a less than positive work review or terminating someone - it doesn't come easy. Assure the interviewer that you are able to handle this type of task in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

Rachelle's Answer
"I certainly do not enjoy communicating bad news to a co-worker but I do have experience in doing so. When this type of task is required of me, I make sure to practice empathy. Truth is always key, so I will be honest and clear when communicating the news. For instance, if I am to deliver bad news in a particular case they are close to, I will bring great empathy to my delivery."
11.
What are the differences between first degree, second degree type 1, and second degree type 2 heart block?
There will be times during your interview that the interviewer tests your knowledge. This question may be asked so be sure to keep it brief and to the point.

Rachelle's Answer
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12.
How would your co-workers describe you?
The interviewer can see your experience on your resume, now it is your opportunity to tell the interviewer about your professional relationships. Think about the professional traits that your coworkers possess that makes it a joy to work with.

Rachelle's Answer
"My coworkers would say that I'm dedicated to my work and care very much about my patients. Everyday I bring my very best to work to inspire my jr. Anesthetists and others around me."
13.
Why did you become a Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CNA)?
The interviewer is looking for further insight into the personal reasons you became a Nurse Anesthetist. Bring passion to your answer and discuss what brought you to this career path

Rachelle's Answer
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14.
Give me a specific example of a time when you were unable to complete a project on time.
Remember, the interviewer isn't here to condemn you. Provide an honest answer. With that said, try to stay away from a severe deadline you may have missed in your life. The interviewer is looking for a simple deadline, and what you learned from your mistake. Did you simply under estimate your time? Did you face a distraction at work? Were you in over your head? Whatever the situation was, you had to have learned from the outcome, and it had to make you better in someway. Explain that to the interviewer.
15.
What questions do you have for me?
Before your interview, do your research! Make sure you have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the website to make sure the answers are not obvious. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from simply watching a video on their company site! Think of questions that are relevant to the industry. Some of your questions may be asking for clarifications about something. Other questions might be delving deeper into something that interests you about their vision or their company culture. Put together a list of up to ten questions so that you are prepared!

Rachelle's Answer
"Why do you like working here?"
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Interview Questions
  1. Talk to me about Digoxin and how it works.
  2. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  3. Describe the techniques you have used to manage patient airway or pulmonary status.
  4. As a nurse anesthetist, you have many employment options. Why did you apply to our health care facility?
  5. What do you dislike most about being a Nurse Anesthetist?
  6. Walk me through your career as a Nurse Anesthetist.
  7. What do you know about our health care facility?
  8. What do you enjoy most about being a Registered Nurse Anesthetist (RNA)?
  9. In your professional opinion, what is normal intracranial pressure (ICP)?
  10. How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
  11. What are the differences between first degree, second degree type 1, and second degree type 2 heart block?
  12. How would your co-workers describe you?
  13. Why did you become a Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CNA)?
  14. Give me a specific example of a time when you were unable to complete a project on time.
  15. What questions do you have for me?
  16. Why are you the best Nurse Anesthetist for us?
  17. On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
  18. What are your salary expectations?
  19. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  20. Why did you choose the field of anesthesia instead of other advanced practice fields?
  21. Tell me about the continuing education you’ve completed since finishing your Nursing degree.
  22. Describe your role as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
  23. What type of situations cause you the most stress? How do you handle that stress?
  24. What is the first thing you would do if you saw a patient with second degree, type 2 heart block with low blood pressure?
  25. To your knowledge, what increases intracranial pressure (ICP)?
  26. In your opinion, what are appropriate interventions for cardiogenic shock?
  27. As a nurse anesthetist it's very important to manage your time well. How do you ensure you are always on task?
  28. What aspect of being a nurse gives you the most satisfaction?
  29. As a nurse anesthetist, how do you maintain your own moral compass?
  30. As a nurse anesthetist, ethics are incredibly important. Provide an example of when your ethics were tested.
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