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Nursing Interview

48 Nursing Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass
| Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.

Question 1 of 48

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

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  1. 1.

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

      Often one of the final questions during the interview, this is your final chance to sell yourself to the interviewer on why you are the best candidate for the job. This is a good question for you to have a prepared, but not rehearsed answer where you can talk about the skills you bring to the table and how they will benefit the organization and the patients. As well, you can discuss your personal traits that you feel put you above the competition for the position.

      Heather's Answer

      "Throughout my career as a nurse, I have demonstrated that patient care is a top priority in any job that I have held. It has always been my dream to work on an obstetrics unit and I know that everything that I have worked for in my career has brought me here, speaking with you. My compassion and drive to succeed in this position make me the top person for this job and you'll find quickly that I will be a top contributing member of your obstetrics nursing team."

      Kelly's Answer

      "Although I am sure you are interviewing more experienced candidates, I feel that I am the best candidate for this position. I left a successful career in IT project management to become a nurse, which proves that I have a passion for nursing and am committed to the profession. Also, in addition to my newly acquired nursing skills, I have a host of IT, data, project management, and informatics skills that I can bring to the table and add to the team. I am not sure, but I doubt you will find another candidate with such a diverse skill set."

      Ryan's Answer

      "Pursuing a nursing career has been a passion of mine since I was a young girl. As I made my way through nursing school, my dream of becoming a nurse developed into a passion for helping those patients that are in need of psychiatric help. I know that your psychiatric inpatient unit requires a nurse that is both compassionate and able to handle a large patient load on any given day. You'll find that my past work experience and references will point out that I am a go-getter who can handle a large workload while providing excellent care to my patients."

      Ryan's Answer

      "As a nurse who has worked over 20 years in the field, I have developed many skills in my time working in family practice, urgent care and general surgery. These skills will translate well into your emergency setting. You'll find that I'm a very patient centered nurse who is driven to be the best that I can be each and every day that I report for duty. Being a successful nurse requires this drive to succeed along with a passion for the craft and without those traits, I wouldn't be the nurse that I am today."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I feel that I am a great fit for this job because I have many years of experience. I am self-driven, professional, and willing to learn new things. I will bring respect for and trust in my co-workers, and I will work hard to meet the goals of administration to the best of my abilities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are all fantastic reasons to hire you! You sound very enthusiastic and capable while also bringing a willingness to learn and grow. If you'd like to learn more about answering 'Why should we hire you?' we also have a guide here that you may find helpful: to Answer: Why Should We Hire You?/

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Nursing has not only been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. It is not only a passion of mine to take care of those in need; it is who I am. I am the oldest child of four; being the very best caregiver is part of what makes me me. I care for my patients as I would care for my family member. I am also educated not only as a nurse but also as a scientist, enhancing my critical thinking skills and attention to the smallest change. I am part of this community."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are wonderful reasons to hire you! When it comes to these advantages, it's a good idea to give more specific detail on how they will benefit the employer. It seems like your background as a scientist will be a more unique factor than your dream of being a nurse since childhood. For that reason, I suggest leading with that fact. I've provided some suggestions for you below. We also have a guide here that you may find helpful: to Answer: Why Should We Hire You?/

      "I believe you should hire me because I have been educated as a nurse and also a scientist. This diverse education has enhanced my critical thinking skills and ensures that I give attention to the smallest changes in my patients. My education as a scientist will benefit (organization name) by...(discuss in detail what is 'in it for them' should they hire you). I am an active part of the nursing and healthcare community with a genuine passion for taking care of those in need (how will this benefit the hiring company?) Last, I am a natural caregiver. Being the oldest of four children, I learned early on what it meant to care for others. Should you hire me, I will care for your patients as I would care for a family member."

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