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Nursing Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Nursing interview, here are 50 interview questions and answer examples.

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How have you responded when your supervisor asked you to work an additional shift to fill vacancies?

Any nurse knows that one of the downsides to the career is the need for coverage on most units 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. There may be times when you are asked to alter your schedule or pick up additional shifts to fill for vacancies in the work schedule. Due to being shorthanded, you may also be asked to stay for longer hours on your current shift. Working as a cohesive team is important among fellow nurses in a department and they need to be willing to help each other out when needed. As well, it is important for you to be open and honest about your availability and for you to ensure that the job you are interviewing for fits your schedule.

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50 Nursing Interview Questions & Answers

Nursing interviews can vary in structure, so it's important to be prepared for all types!
The interview process may look different depending on the setting you're applying to work in. For example, if it's an independent physician's practice, there may only be one, in-person, or virtual interview. If it's for a role within a larger organization, 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 know what to expect and better prepare.

Nurse interviews are typically made up of a variety and mix of questions, including discovery or get-to-know-you questions, technical or knowledge-based questions, behavioral questions (these usually start with "tell me about a time when...), compatibility questions, and situational questions, so it's important to practice and be prepared for all types.

For questions that ask you to "tell the interviewer about a time when..." it can be hard to think of examples on the spot, so don't be afraid to pause and take a moment to gather your thoughts. Have a couple of examples rehearsed and prepared 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.

Interviewers often ask questions about why you want to work for their organization and may ask what you know about their mission and values. It's important to do your research beforehand on this information as well as read employee reviews; that way, you can demonstrate that you're being intentional when applying for jobs. Being prepared in this way will help you stand out amongst other applicants.

As you answer questions, think about qualities, characteristics, and skills that the interviewer will find valuable in the next nurse they hire to their team, and weave those into your answers. 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, try to avoid rambling (which is easy to do when you're nervous!), and just be yourself! The interview process can be stressful, but by asking questions about the interview process early on in the recruitment process, preparing, and practicing, you will give yourself every opportunity to make a positive and lasting first impression on the interviewer!

  • Behavioral

    1. How have you responded when your supervisor asked you to work an additional shift to fill vacancies?

  • Behavioral

    2. We are interviewing several candidates for this position. Why should we hire you?

  • Behavioral

    3. Describe your typical relationship with physicians you work with.

  • Behavioral

    4. How will you promote a culture of teamwork and collaboration?

  • Behavioral

    5. What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.

  • Competency

    6. How do you approach the documentation of patient records? Do you have specific strategies that you use?

  • Competency

    7. Tell me about your experience supervising or mentoring other nurses.

  • Competency

    8. Are you able to handle the physical requirement of the job?

  • Competency

    9. Tell me about an experience when you had to use ACLS, BLS, or PALS protocols in your nursing practice.

  • Competency

    10. Talk about a time you had to communicate a complicated medical issue to a patient or their family. How did you go about relaying the message?

  • Competency

    11. How much supervision do you want or need in your role as a new nurse in a new position?

  • Competency

    12. How many patients is a full workload for you?

  • Competency

    13. Tell me about your IV skills. Are you able to start an IV?

  • Competency

    14. Tell me about your experience and abilities in collecting lab samples, such as blood, tissue, and and other specimens. Elaborate on the entire end-to-end process of collection.

  • Competency

    15. What precautions do you take with a patient in poor health?

  • Competency

    16. How do you approach providing patient discharge instructions or patient education?

  • Competency

    17. Tell me about a time when you had to assist with an administrative project or task. What did the project/task entail and which software programs did you while completing the tasks?

  • Competency

    18. How do you make seamless transitions on shift changes?

  • Competency

    19. Are you specialized in a particular area of nursing, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?

  • Competency

    20. How much orientation time do you feel is reasonable?

  • Competency

    21. How do you prioritize when multiple patients and procedures demand your attention at once?

  • Discovery

    22. What are your greatest weaknesses?

  • Discovery

    23. Do you have plans to pursue certification in your chosen field?

  • Discovery

    24. What motivates you to provide top-of-the-line nursing care?

  • Discovery

    25. Can you tell us about what attracted you to a nursing position with our facility?

  • Discovery

    26. Tell me a bit about yourself.

  • Discovery

    27. What did you like the best about your last position as a nurse?

  • Discovery

    28. Can you describe a career nursing role model and why?

  • Discovery

    29. What professional organizations do you belong to and which ones would you like to join in the future?

  • Discovery

    30. Do you carry professional liability insurance? Why or why not?

  • Discovery

    31. Which nursing publications do you subscribe to and which one is your favorite?

  • Discovery

    32. Do you have nursing management or leadership goals?

  • Discovery

    33. What are your professional nursing goals?

  • Discovery

    34. What are your goals in reference to furthering your education?

  • Discovery

    35. Do you have any questions about the specific requirements or responsibilities of the job?

  • Discovery

    36. What is your work availability? Are you able to work nights? Weekends?

  • Discovery

    37. Why are you leaving your current position?

  • Discovery

    38. How do you stay current on the latest health research?

  • Education

    39. Tell me about your education.

  • Situational

    40. Have you ever been disciplined or asked to resign from a nursing position?

  • Situational

    41. Tell me about a time when you have recognized that a patient is in a difficult or dangerous situation. How did you respond and what was the outcome?

  • Situational

    42. Tell me about a time that you had to deal with an unexpected emergency on the job. How did you handle that situation?

  • Situational

    43. Talk about a time that you had to deal with a significant change in your work procedures or in your workplace. How did you handle that change?

  • Situational

    44. Tell me about the most stressful situation you've had to deal with in the workplace.

  • Situational

    45. Tell me about a time you had to communicate bad news to a patient. How did you effectively communicate that news and what was the outcome?