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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

  • 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?

  • Situational

    46. Tell me about a time when you cared for a patient whose values or beliefs were different from your own. How did you handle the situation?

  • Situational

    47. Tell me about the greatest challenge you have faced in your nursing career? How did you overcome it?