Common Nursing Interview Questions and Answers to Ace Them

A job interview can be nerve-racking. You want to come off as confident but not arrogant, qualified, but not overqualified, able to work independently, but also great with a team. Every question feels like it has at least three possible right answers and it can be difficult to decipher what you should say to land the job.

During an interview, you should always stay positive but real. Learn about the company, the role and their ideal hire. Does their team lack leadership, experience, team spirit? You can then answer the questions accordingly.

Here are some of the more common nursing interview questions and answers to ace them:

Why do you want to work for this hospital/organization?

In this nurse interview question, the interviewer is trying to find out not only that nurses have taken the time to learn about the organization, but what is particularly attractive to them.

What drew you to the nursing profession?

This is your chance to tell more about your personal story. The hardest part about answering this nurse interview question is that you want to be honest without sounding trite.  “I just want to help people” is a phrase that has been heard too often in nurse job interviews. Think about the real motivators in your own life, practice what you want to say, and keep it relatively short.

What can you bring to our team?

This question provides you with an opportunity to share your unique strengths that may not have already come up in the interview. Nurses might want to provide specific examples of how they contributed to their current or previous team as part of their answer.

What can you bring to our team?

This question is asked as it provides an opportunity to share their unique strengths that may not have already come up in the interview. You might want to provide specific examples of how they contributed to their current or previous team as part of their answer.

How do you handle working independently or with a team?

Nursing can be a highly collaborative field, and hiring managers want to see that you can get along well with the rest of the team. Talk about the positives of doctors, other nurses, and admin staff. Have a funny story ready to demonstrate that you are a team player who enjoys their job and gets along with others.

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