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Career Assistance: Interviews
- Research the unit, employer, and organization you are applying to.
- Find out as much about the interview as you can (how long will it be, how many people will be interviewing you, confirmation of date and location).
- Reflect back on your work experiences to ensure you have examples to refer to when asked.
- Practice out loud in order to ensure you are able to articulate your knowledge, skills and competencies.
- Bring extra copies of your resume, cover letter, and references.
- Familiarize yourself with the organizations' mission and values, and think about how you align with them.
- Always ask questions if given the opportunity to do so.
- Send a follow up note after your interview.
Common Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- What do you know about our unit/hospital/organization?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Can you provide an example of when you had conflict with a nursing colleague, manager, member of the health care team or family member? How did you deal with it?
- How do you handle stress?
- How would your friends describe you?
- Provide an example of when you advocated for a patient or family member?
- What are your short and long term goals?
- How has your education prepared you for this position?
- What is your greatest strength and weakness?
- What sets you apart from other candidates applying for this job?
- What are some examples of how you have engaged in professional development?
- How would you describe your skills as a team player?
Some Questions to Ask your Interviewer
- Can you describe what the orientation process looks like?
- What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?
- What professional development opportunities are available to staff?
- How does the unit manage scheduling?
- What are nurses' biggest challenge within this workplace?