The following paragraphs will explain some of the nursing training interview questions to expect, the logic behind them and how to answer such questions easily.
Please take note that these are only some of the questions to expect. These questions are sampled from students who are currently in the nursing training college. Some of those who went through our coaching came out successfully and are now students in some of the nursing training colleges in the country whiles some are currently practicing on the field.
Do take note that the nursing training interview is in two sections.
- You will write an objective test paper of 100 multiple-choice questions. These questions will be from English, Maths, and Science.
- You will face a panel for a face-to-face interview.
Tell us about yourself
The interviewer here is not wanting to hear about your life story or
“Tell me about yourself ” is likely the most common “question” interviewees face. It is quite cloudy. This open-ended question can be taken in any number of different directions, and the interviewer wants to see what comes to your mind when prompted with such a vague request. Everyone’s answer to this question will be completely unique, based on their own experiences, values, and priorities. However, there is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind:
What are some of your hobbies or passions?
The answer to this question can give the interviewer deeper insight into the applicant’s personal interests. There is no incorrect answer to this particular question because we all enjoy different pastimes. One applicant might like cooking, whereas another person may be an avid musician. Again, be honest and forthright. Do not mention hobbies that you can not give a good insight about when asked to.
Tell us why you want to become a nurse
There are a number of reasons why I want to become a nurse, but chief among them is the importance of the nurse as a front-line representative of the healthcare system. In many healthcare facilities, from clinics to emergency rooms, nurses are the first medical professionals patients encounter. Whether for routine care or on the worst day of their lives, nurses have the opportunity to ascertain how to coordinate resources in the patient’s best interest. As well, nurses play a key role as patient advocates, both in terms of ensuring each patient’s needs are effectively prioritized within the healthcare system, and by acting as representatives in the community, running CPR and first-aid courses, holding vaccination clinics, or in working for key healthcare organizations, like the Red Cross.
Describe to us how you perform under pressure
The settings in which nurses work can quickly turn into pressure-cooker environments. To be blunt, the interviewer does not want to hire or admit anyone who is so emotionally fragile that they’ll shatter like plate glass when faced with the day-to-day pressures of the nursing job.
What are your personal strengths as a nurse?
This question has no correct or incorrect answer because we all have various strengths to bring to the table. Some candidates are excellent orators, whereas other candidates have the uncanny ability to soothe peoples’ anxieties. Some people are great at problem-solving, while other people are outstanding at solitary pursuits such as reading and computer skills.
Tell the penal what your strengths are, what you are good at doing and probably go ahead to give an instance where you exhibited that strength.
5. What are your personal weaknesses?
First of all, every single person in existence has one or more weaknesses. However, for the purposes of this the interview, you will want to present one or two socially acceptable weaknesses along with how you are trying to address them. Do not mention weakness that will raise eye brows.
6. What would your previous bosses or classmates say about you?
The answer to this question will give the interviewer some insight regarding your perceived work ethic and other peoples’ perceptions of you. Direct quotes will convey your point strikingly well. “My current supervisor, Jane Smith, would describe me as a dependable employee who never calls out.”
7. Why do you want to be admitted into our nursing program?
You have the opportunity to shine when you show the interviewer that you have conducted some prior research about the school. “This school of nursing has produced many fine nurses since it first graduated its first class in 1980, and I would be totally honoured to receive my nursing education here.”
8. What would you do if you have a conflict with a professor?
When asking this question, the interviewer is attempting to ascertain your maturity level, interpersonal skills, and your personal approach regarding conflict resolution. Mature students will try to resolve conflicts without escalating the issue too high on the chain of command. In other words, attempt to resolve the issue with the professor before running to the director of nursing education, nursing department chair, or dean.
9. Tell us why you’d be the best candidate for our nursing program.
This is the time to absolutely sell all of your positive qualities. Show the interviewer that you would be an asset to the school of nursing. Convey that you will be a future asset to the nursing profession. Communicate your enthusiasm. Point out that once you start a venture, you would not abandon it until the mission is accomplished. If you have any awards, this is the time to bring them to the notice of the interview penal.
10. Do you have any questions for us?
Now is the time to ask questions about scheduling, exit exams, clinical practicum sites, and any reasonable question about the nursing program that has piqued your interest. You may appear as if you lack interest or curiosity if you do not have one single question to ask of the interviewer.
11. What is your proudest achievement to date?
As with previous questions, this one has no incorrect answer. Some candidates would say that their prior MS degree in mechanical engineering was their proudest achievement. Others will say that starting a family has given them the greatest sense of pride and an enhanced understanding of the human experience. You will also want to discuss why the achievement brought about a sense of pride.
12. What qualities do you think a good nurse should possess?
The answer that you furnish will give the interviewer a sense of your realism or idealism and well as your presupposed views on nurses. I will reiterate that this is another question with no incorrect answer. I personally think that nurses should be smart, intellectually curious, and able to perform under pressure. Then again, that was my opinion. The answer to this question should be completely reflective of your opinions.
13. What would you do if a patient or family member threatened you?
The answer that you furnish will provide the interviewer with a sense of your ability to deal with emotionally-charged situations and think outside the box to address interpersonal conflicts. Preferably, the interviewer will want you to convey your maturity and ability to de-escalate the situation before it boils over.
14. Do you have dependable transportation?
In addition to classroom attendance, students must travel to various clinical practicum sites. Dependable transportation is vital during nursing school.
15. Which course did you study in SHS and how is it related to Nursing.
16. You should also have knowledge on current affairs
17. Who is Florence Nightingale?
You maybe be asked of few ministers. It is Very important to know the full name of the current Minister of Health who is Hon. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu.
You may be asked to give the direction from your house to the nursing training school. If you are not a resident of that area, make sure you make it clear.
Discuss your biggest strengths and weaknesses
The interviewer wants to hear about strengths that would be assets in the workplace. Since we all have weaknesses, the person conducting the interview will know you’re a liar if you deny having any. Make sure you talk about some of your weaknesses but make sure your strengths are strong enough to cover them up.
Tell us what you know about nursing
You will stand out to the interviewer as a candidate who truly has a passion for the specific nursing program you are applying for if you know more about it than the average person. If your dream is to work as a nurse in a well-baby nursery, you’d better be knowledgeable about the area in which you envision yourself working. Try to find out more about the duties of the specific nursing specialties you are being interviewed for. Talk to nurses already in that field and also do some reading about the field before the nursing interview.
Tell us why you want to school here
Your reasons for wanting to school at that institution should be positive. Also, make a connection between your career goals and how they can be achieved at their institution. Make sure you have the mission and the vision of the institution at your fingertips and align it with your dreams and aspirations.
Can you name some of the qualities that would benefit you as a nurse?
Over here, What you say does not necessarily have to reflect in your interview presence—they understand that you experience stress, and cannot show them all your best cards. But you should believe that you have what it takes to become a great nurse—one day…On the other hand, humility can make wonders in the interviews. People in the interviewing committee prefer to choose humble students, people who are aware of their imperfections, people who believe that there is always room for improvement and that learning never stops..
Are you a team player?
Healthcare facilities prefer to hire people who work well with others, have good social and communication skills, get along well with patients and visitors, and can pull together as a team for the sake of patient care. No member of the penal will admit you if you are not a team player or can’t go along well with others.
What motivates you to be a nurse?
Companies and institutions training nurses prefer to hire or admit healthcare workers who are motivated by intangible ideals, not concrete realities such as money. Even if cash is your ultimate motivation, do not elaborate on your need for money. Tell them how you always love to care for the sick and probably give them real examples of how you took care of a sick person.
Do you have any role model in life?
You can go with some famous nurse, such as Clara Barton, or Edith Cavell. You can also opt for one of the charity figures, such as Mother Teresa. Another alternative is to pick someone who’s close to you, someone who works in healthcare and does a good job every day (your father, your uncle, a good friend of you, etc).
Recall a difficult situation and describe how you handled it.
If you have healthcare experience or have even been part of a red cross or any health union, this is the time to show it off. They want to know how you have dealt with angry doctors, emotionally upset families, or difficult patients. If you lack healthcare experience, you can discuss a difficult situation that occurred in school or somewhere and how you handled it.
Tell us why we should admit you.
This is the last time to truly sell yourself to the interviewer. Emphasize on your positive attributes, reaffirm that you are a team player, and tell them why you are the best candidate on the applicants list.
Do you have any questions for us?
Usually, this is the last question you will be asked in an interview. The interviewer at this point will like to know your courage level. You can ask the interviewer a question or two, whether it pertains to nurse/patient ratios, length of orientation, or educational opportunities. You might appear uninterested if you have no questions. Just make sure you ask a question.
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