The Association of Registered Nurses of BC

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?

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