Registered nurse job interview questions

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Registered nurse job interview questions
Answer interview questions well and you'll have a higher chance of getting the nursing position. (nurse chris image by John Keith from Fotolia.com)

Registered nurses are valuable in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. Before interviewing for nursing positions, practice possible interview questions and answers. You'll avoid getting caught off guard by the questions the hiring manager asks. Keep your answers short, no more than two minutes for each question.

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Tell Me about Yourself?

Although this question may seem personal, the prospective employer doesn't want to hear your life story. Keep your answer related to your nursing career. Mention your education or recent experience in nursing.

Why Do You Think You're Qualified?

Split your answer between your accomplishments and your life goals. Mention your educational experience and where you have worked previously. Next, mention how you can benefit the employer. If you desire to help people in physical peril or spend your life working in medicine, mention this.

What Are Your Main Accomplishments?

Even if you didn't win any awards, there are still compelling accomplishments you can mention. If you became the head nurse, mention your promotion along with how many people you managed. Tell the hiring manager some of the most interesting stories where you helped people survive against all odds while working in an emergency room.

What Are Your Strengths?

Give an answer to this question as it relates to the nursing field. Consider answers that paint you in a good light, especially as it relates to the new position. Performing well under pressure and working well with scared patients will increase your chances of getting the job. Example: "I have a knack for calming young patients just before giving them an injection."

What Are Your Weaknesses?

List one or two of your personal weaknesses that can be seen as tolerable to a potential employer. If you're forgetful, mention how you have been getting better at remembering tasks. No matter what your weakness, you should show that you're working on improving or eliminating that problem. Don't say that you have no weaknesses, as that is an unrealistic and unwanted answer.

Why Do You Want to Work at This Clinic?

This is where researching the clinic before the interview helps. If the hospital or physician's office specialises in a certain area of medicine, whether cardiac surgery or paediatrics, mention that this is an area you've always wanted to work in. Your knowledge of the employer will impress the hiring manager.

Why Did You Become a Registered Nurse?"

Show your passion for the career. If the answer to this question is personal, reply in a way that doesn't make you uncomfortable. Honesty is always best. Example: "After taking care of my grandmother through the last years of her life, I felt compelled to assist people through their important medical dramas."

Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?

Avoid answering in a way that could offend the hiring manager. Although you may want to be in his position in 10 years, don't word your answer that way. Mention that you would still like to be a registered nurse, helping people with your knowledge of medicine. Even if you plan to retire in eight years, leave this out of your answer.

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