Q: Why do you want to be a nurse?
A: Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted to help people.
The interviewer wants to see that your heart is in the right place
Q: How do you deal with patients who complain frequently?
A: Many hospital patients aren’t where they want to be. They’re dealing with bad news and bad health. I understand that, and do my best to empathize.
Q: How do you cope with stress?
A: There are many stressful things one must deal with as a nurse. I make sure the stress doesn’t get in the way of my duties.
It’s important to acknowledge the stress of the job.
Q: Where do you hope to be in five years?
A: I’d like to have an even greater understanding of the medical industry. I may even like a managerial position, where I can use my knowledge and skills to help as many people as possible.
For this question, the interviewer just wants to know that you’re hardworking and ambitious.
Q: What’s your greatest weakness?
A: I sometimes get frustrated when things aren’t perfect. Recently I’ve been working on this, reminding myself that I can’t expect perfection and that I need to change my attitude.
Your interviewer wants you to be honest about your weaknesses, while doing your best to fix them.
Q: Would you like to become a doctor some day?
A: Yes, I love the medical field, and I believe I have what it takes to become a doctor. For now, though, I’d just be happy to be a nurse.
A: No, I became a nurse, and I enjoy the relationships I can have with patients as a nurse.
Either yes or no is acceptable. You just have to make it clear that you do, in fact, want to be a nurse for a while.
Q: How do you stay motivated?
A:. Difficult patients constantly remind me that I have to be on my A game. I make sure to do my best for them.
Q: Have you continued your education?
A: Yes, I’ve been to several of PESI’s seminars.
Here the interviewer wants to see that you can stay current and that you’re motivated to learn.
Q: Hypothetical situation: your replacement nurse doesn’t show up. What do you do?
A: First I try and contact her. If that fails, I contact my supervisor.
The interviewer doesn’t want to hire someone who’s going to walk out on the shift before the replacement nurse has arrived.
Q: What’s the most difficult thing about being a nurse?
A: Seeing all the pain. Thing is, it exists, so I know I have to do my best to help people get through it.
This is a less personal version of the weakness question. In the same way, you want to have a solution to the problem.
These are the core interview questions and answers for teachers and nurses. If you’ve answered these nurse interview questions and answers, you’re sure to have a leg up on the competition.
Why? Because you prepared. And preparation is what separates the professional from the dilettante.