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Nurse Practitioner Interview Questions

25 Nurse Practitioner Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Are you comfortable making tough decisions in regards to a patients care?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know how you handle difficult situations. Be sure to highlight your ability to think strategically and to make quick, thoughtful decisions. Provide an example of the confidence you have in your decision-making skills when it comes to patient care and the tough decisions that come with it.

Answer Example
"I think my confidence in making tough decisions has grown over the years. As a new RN, I was a bit more hesitant to make these decisions and learned a great deal from the more tenured nurses on my team. Now, with my added education as a nurse practitioner, I make strategic and thoughtful decisions based on my knowledge and experience. I also am very comfortable asking for help in situations that may be new to me. I value the collaborative approach we have as a team."
Entry Level Example
"As an RN, I decided to separate the feelings surrounding patient care decisions from my other emotions. The medical decision needs to made factually and not based solely on feeling. For this reason, I do not find it difficult to make tough decisions."
Experienced Example
"Yes, I am comfortable making tough decisions surrounding patient care. As an NP I need to make recommendations to the doctors based on my findings which are often related to terminally ill patients. It is never easy, but I am pragmatic."
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Question 2 of 25
How do you plan to continually grow as a nurse practitioner?
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You have an elevated degree; however, that doesn't mean that you stop learning once you have reached the top. Discuss your plans to take professional courses, obtain new certifications or focus on personal growth. You may also want to mention a class or volunteer position to highlight your commitment to professional growth.

Answer Example
"I am so happy to have completed my last certification for my nurse practitioner license. I recently enrolled in a weekend course through the American Heart Association that will allow me to teach CPR classes at the local middle school."
Entry Level Example
"I never stop learning and believe that, especially in the healthcare industry, one must stay up to date on new trends and discoveries. I plan to continually grow as a nurse practitioner by taking monthly courses on a variety of related topics. If there are any courses you recommend, I would be happy to hear your recommendations."
Experienced Example
"I grow as an NP by reading medical journals every day. I am also interested in taking additional coursework related to pediatric oncology. Education is important to me, and I will never stop learning."
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Question 3 of 25
How do you gain a physician's trust and respect?
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How to Answer
Professional working relationships are essential as a health care provider who regularly works on a multidisciplinary team. You can be specific about your process or stay general by sharing some of your best practices around "building trust." If possible, share an example of how you gain trust within the patient care team or how you relate to others.

Answer Example
"building trust."
Entry Level Example
"I feel that the best way to earn the trust of the physicians is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships have to be built on these principles."
Experienced Example
"Trust is something you earn over time with people. I will lead by example and be transparent in my communications. Trust happens when people deliver on doing what they say they will do. I take the approach of under promising and over delivering to accelerate the trust process. With strong trust, teams can accomplish great things together."
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Question 4 of 25
How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?
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How to Answer
Be authentic when answering this question but do avoid sounding cynical or begrudged. If you choose to give an example, be sure it allows you to demonstrate your ability to handle criticism with style. Do not use specific names, as the healthcare industry is tight-knit!

Answer Example
"It is never easy to be criticized or to receive unfavorable feedback. However, I believe that I can learn from each experience and constructively move forward. For example, a physician recently mentioned to me that my notes in the database were not as detailed as she would prefer. I had to take a minute and breathe because I spent extra time on those notes and felt frustrated by the feedback. However, I knew this physician could be tough to please so I asked her to show me exactly how she preferred the notes in the system so that next time, as a team, we could be more efficient."
Entry Level Example
"I am newer to my career as an NP and, with that information, sometimes comes additional critiques from physicians. I take every critique as a learning opportunity. I am thankful for any feedback that helps me to become a better healthcare practitioner."
Experienced Example
"It depends on how the criticism is delivered. If it's given in the sense of constructive feedback, I am thankful for the learning opportunity. If the feedback comes to me as rude or unforgiving, that can be tough to swallow. I am always prepared to defend my work because I know it's good, but I would never be unprofessional to save face."
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Question 5 of 25
Tell us about your community involvement.
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How to Answer
Most hiring authorities prefer candidates who have some volunteer experience. As a nurse practitioner you have a love for helping others, but do you support your community through volunteering? Share a bit about your core values or your commitments outside of work.

Answer Example
"I have a family member that was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, and I am now a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association. There is an annual fundraiser, and I am the co-chairperson for the event. One of the reasons that I applied to this position was because I read about your facility's commitment to employee wellness and I appreciate that the company also supports the American Diabetes Association."
Entry Level Example
"I was raised by parents who believed that giving back to the community through volunteering was the most important thing you could do. Even if you don't have money to give, you can always find the time. Currently, I spend every Sunday afternoon working as a health aid for at the homeless shelter."
Experienced Example
"I like being involved with the community and have started up a couple of efforts on my own. Currently, I collaborate with the local women's shelter to offer free health advice and checkups to those without health care. It's important to me that I use my knowledge to help others."
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 03/09/2014
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Nurse Practitioner

October 25th, 2017

Nurse Practitioners (also called NP's) are advanced, state-licensed, registered nurses who are capable of treating particular medical conditions without physician supervision. As a Nurse Practitioner, you may have the ability to prescribe and adjust medications. You may have worked as registered nurses for a few years before making the decision to expand your credentials.

A few skills needed to be a successful Nurse Practitioner is confidence in your abilitiy as a nurse, stellar communication between patients and physicians, the desire to lead a team, the ability to work under pressure and compassion to work with a broad range of patients. Common skills such as being highly professional, compassionate, punctual, responsible and knowledgeable in your craft will help you excel in a nurse practitioner position.

To prepare for your interview you will want to do your research on the company you are applying to. You will face a series of challenging questions, ranging from skill-based scenario questions on how you perform during your career as an RN as well as questions about your knowledge in your specialized field of medicine. Highlight your ability to multi-task and juggle high-priority tasks. Have examples of your results, your thought process, and your ability to work with the larger patient care team. Keep a positive attitude throughout the interview and be passionate about the possibility of working for the interviewing company.