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Nursing Interview Questions to Ask
1. What kind of schedule are you looking for?
2. What are some of the qualities your most successful nurses possess?
3. What do you think are two traits nurses need to have to be successful in this profession?
4. Can you explain the scheduling process?
5. What is the nurse to patient ratio for this floor?
6. Does this nursing unit have swing shift? If so, what are the hours and duration for each period?
7. What are some of the challenges this floor or unit faces?
8. What are some of the improvements or goals the staff is challenging the floor with?
9. Is call required for this position? If so, what are the requirements?
10. What would be some of my primary challenges and duties if I were selected for this position?
11. How often are performance reviews conducted?
12. What are some unique challenges this floor is currently facing?
13. How long is the orientation period?
14. Do you offer any additional education opportunities?
15. What are your expectations for new hires during the first six months?
16. What is the policy for holiday and weekend rotation?
17. How much input does the staff have on patient care and other issues on the unit?
18. What is the salary policy regarding weekends, holidays and overtime
19. What is included in the benefits package?
20. How much vacation, sick leave and other time off and how is the time accrued?
21. Are there any tuition reimbursement plans?
22. When could I expect to hear back from you?
List of Nursing Interview Questions
  1. Are you specialized in a particular area, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?
  2. What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.
  3. What is your favorite type of patient?
  4. How would your coworkers describe you?
  5. How do you stay current on the latest health research?
  6. How would you describe your communication style?
  7. What questions do you have for me?
  8. How many patients is a full workload for you?
  9. How did you learn about this position?
  10. Have you ever had to deal with accusations of negligence or malpractice? How did you handle it?
  11. How do you prioritize when multiple patients and procedures demand your attention at once?
  12. What are your strengths?
  13. What precautions do you take with a patient in poor health?
  14. Tell me about a time in which you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker, or patient. How did you handle it and what were the results?
  15. Describe your typical relationship with physicians you work with.
  16. What is your ideal work environment?
  17. Describe a recent issue you had with a doctor or co-worker's decision. How did you handle it?
  18. How do you make seamless transitions on shift changes?
  19. How do you deal with stress at work?
  20. How have you responded when your supervisor asked you to work an additional shift to fill vacancies?
  21. What are your greatest strengths?
  22. What motivates you?
  23. How are your administrative skills?
  24. Why are you leaving your current position
  25. How do you respond to a patient in pain?
  26. How do you handle criticism?
  27. Tell me about your education.
  28. What is one of your weaknesses
  29. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
  30. Are you available to work nights?
  31. What do you do in your spare time?
  32. Why do you want to work for us?
  33. How would your boss describe you?
  34. Describe your work ethic.
  35. What are your salary expectations?
Contributing Author
Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Nursing Information
October 26th, 2017

As a Nurse, you are a healthcare professional that serves on a multidisciplinary team to provide care and education to patients and their families. A few of your duties include performing physical exams and health histories, providing health promotion, counseling, and education. You may also administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions. Daily, you interpret patient information and make critical decisions. If you have many years of experience, you may direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides. Your work experience will be asked about during your interview. Choose a few situations and scenarios that will make you stand out during the interview.

Your patience and empathy will be a few of your characteristics tested on a daily basis. As a nurse, you may interview for a position in hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools, and retail clinics. You may also have the opportunity to work in a camp, homeless shelter, prison, sporting events and tourist destinations. Education as a Nurse ranges from an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Have a few details ready to share in regards to your education and specialties.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to highlight a few key things that will make you stand out from the rest of the candidates. Something unique about your education, internship or about your past work history. Because networking is so important, feel free to name drop your mentor or colleague that supports you during your job search. Having a letter of recommendation or someone willing to make a call on your behalf could help you get that job offer. Follow your interview with a thank you note or email. Be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and leave your contact information behind.