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Nursing Student Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Nursing Student interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

Nursing Student was updated by on June 19th, 2023. Learn more here.

Question 1 of 30

What qualities do you think make a good nurse, and why?

Nursing is a demanding profession; the interviewer wants to see if you know what skills you will need to succeed as a nurse. Stick to 2-3 important qualities and give examples as to why nurses need these qualities. It is also good to reference these qualities in later questions when talking about yourself.

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30 Nursing Student Interview Questions & Answers

What an exciting, yet nerve-racking point in your career journey! Many competitive nursing programs require formal interviews as part of their admission process, and investing the time upfront to properly prepare for your interview will help you stand out from other applicants of the program.

First, understand that there could be a variety of interview structures to be prepared for. The interview process may look different depending on the school. For example, it could vary from one to several one-on-one interviews via phone, in-person, or virtual platforms or you could have a round of panel interviews, with multiple interviewers present at one time. Asking questions upfront about the interview process and gathering as much information about the structure as possible will help you better prepare and know what to expect.

In interviews for nursing programs, there are typically a variety of questions asked by the interviewer, so it's important to practice and be prepared for all types of questions. It's likely there will be some discovery, or get-to-know-you, open-ended type of questions to start. These are designed as warm-up questions that help you get comfortable and overcome some of the nervousness or anxiety you may be feeling. These types of questions also allow the interviewer to gain some insight into your personality. Along those lines, discovery questions may come up about why you chose this specific program. Make sure that you have thoroughly researched the nursing program you're applying to, as there will likely be questions that explore your knowledge and interest compared to other applicants.

You will likely be asked behavioral questions about how you've handled a certain situation in the past. These types of questions allow interviewers to learn more about your communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills that would transfer well into nursing. Ethical questions may come up and these give you a chance to show that your values and morals would align well with the program. Behavioral and ethical questions often start with the phrase "tell me about a time," and it can be difficult to think of examples on the spot. Review the practice questions and have a few examples prepared. It's best to respond using the STAR method, which is a technique that gives an answer by telling a story by explaining the Situation, Task, Action, and Result. This approach helps you stay on track and give a concise and direct answer.

Lastly, you will likely be asked situational questions where the interviewer seeks to understand how you would respond to a certain hypothetical question. Think about the qualities, skills, traits, characteristics, technical and soft skills that interviewers will be looking for and weave those into your responses.

Let your personality and passion for nursing shine in your responses, be genuine, avoid speaking negatively about past or current coworkers or employers, give a direct and concise answer, and try to avoid rambling (which is easy to do when you're nervous!) and just be yourself! The nursing program interview process can be stressful, but by asking questions about the interview process, preparing, and practicing, you will give yourself every opportunity to make a positive and lasting first impression on the interviewer!

  • Behavioral

    1. What qualities do you think make a good nurse, and why?

  • Behavioral

    2. Medical practice is always evolving. As a result of people needing to quarantine, the availability of telehealth services has increased dramatically. Do you think high standards of care can be achieved without physically seeing patients?

  • Behavioral

    3. What does ethical behavior in the workplace mean to you? How can you demonstrate ethical behavior on the job?

  • Behavioral

    4. What qualities do you have that will help you succeed in nursing school?

  • Behavioral

    5. What do you have to offer if you attend our nursing program?

  • Behavioral

    6. How do you handle constructive criticism and feedback?

  • Behavioral

    7. How do you approach giving someone bad news?

  • Behavioral

    8. Tell me about your favorite teacher in school.

  • Compatibility

    9. What aspect of nursing do you think will be the most challenging, and why?

  • Compatibility

    10. Nurses often have to work long shifts and shifts in the evenings, during the night, on weekends and holidays. Are you prepared to work this type of schedule?

  • Compatibility

    11. How often do you call off work or miss classes?

  • Competency

    12. Time management is an essential skill for nurses. Tell me how you practice good time management skills.

  • Competency

    13. Have you ever fallen behind in class? If so, what did you do?

  • Discovery

    14. What made you choose to our nursing program in particular?

  • Discovery

    15. What type of setting are you most interested in working?

  • Discovery

    16. Why do you want to be a Nurse?

  • Discovery

    17. What was your favorite non-nursing related class?

  • Discovery

    18. Do you believe that our medical system would be improved or harmed by moving to a universal healthcare system?

  • Discovery

    19. Why did you apply to this nursing program?

  • Discovery

    20. What do you see yourself doing as a nurse in 5 years?

  • Discovery

    21. Can you describe a nursing industry trend that has caught your eye? Why does it interest you?

  • Experience

    22. Do you have any special training or certifications that you feel will benefit you as a nursing student?

  • Experience

    23. In school, did you participate in any extracurricular activities? If so, do you feel you learned anything from those programs that will help you be successful in nursing school?

  • Experience

    24. Describe a time that you worked on a team. What went well, and what didn't?

  • Situational

    25. Tell me about a time you failed to reach your goal. What happened, and what did you learn from the experience?

  • Situational

    26. You are a new nurse working in a busy ER department. You go into the medicine room and notice the senior nurse slip medication into her pocket. How do you respond?

  • Situational

    27. A cousin you are close to is admitted to the hospital at which you work. Your aunt asks you to look into her chart because she does not think that the doctors are honest about her test results. What do you do?

  • Situational

    28. Can you tell me about a time you went above and beyond for a patient?

  • Situational

    29. Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult patient experience and how you resolved it?

  • Situational

    30. Describe the most stressful work or academic situation you have been in, and tell us how you dealt with it?

  • Questions to ask during your nursing school admissions interview.

    Before your interview, thoroughly research the program, staff, personnel, facility, and any other relevant information you can find. Make note of anything that stands out to you and questions you may have as there will likely be a point at the end of the one-on-one or panel interview where the interviewer(s) give you an opportunity to ask questions. Interviewers genuinely want to help clarify anything you may not understand about the program or process, so take this time to ask questions. Actively listen during the interview and ask any follow-up questions you might have based on what the interviewer has said.

    Here is a list of 5 meaningful questions you could consider asking:

    1. What would you say are some of the characteristics of students who are successful in the nursing program?

    2. What are some of the challenges you've seen students face in this program?

    3. When could I anticipate feedback from the interview process and the next steps?

    4. I know you mentioned having been a faculty member for 10 years. What keeps you at this school?

    5. I researched the school and read that this program has an X% success rate, which is higher than the national average. What do you attribute that success to?