August 28, 2017

Sample Answers to Interview Questions

#1Tell us about your previous experience in “_____” field.


What are some of your strengths in the workplace?“I am quick learner and I have great attention to detail."“I have a very caring personality and I have an ability for putting patients at ease.”“I always try to portray a positive attitude even when things are not going well that day.”


What are some of your weaknesses or things you need to work on in the workplace? When talking about your weaknesses, make sure to let your employer know how you plan on improving these weaknesses.“I sometimes struggle with organization and planning skills. One way I am going to improve in this area is by arriving early or staying after my shift to make sure that I have everything in order.”“One of my weaknesses is that I sometimes find it hard to work in a team setting. I am very self-motivated, and when team members do not appear to be as motivated as me I can get frustrated. I can work on my frustration of working with a team by trying to positively motivate others I am working with, so we can all work together well and focus on the needs of our patients.”


Are you familiar with electronic charting? (If you don’t  have experience with this, be prepared to let the interviewer know that you have strong computer/technology skills and are willing to learn about their electronic charting).“I’m very comfortable using computers and confident in my ability to learn any new type of electronic charting quickly.


Tell me about a time you faced a conflict/difficult patient in the workplace and how you resolved it?“I once had a patient that was really rude to me. Instead of being rude back, I just kept a smile on my face and communicated with them in a polite and positive way. Toward the end of their stay, the patient apologized to me for being rude, and admitted they were acting that way because they were feeling anxious about being in the hospital. However, I know that if a patient’s rudeness gets to be too much to handle, I need to openly communicate this issue to my supervisor and ask for advice and assistance.”


Tell us about yourself. Note: Instead of giving chronological work history, focus on your strengths and how they pertain to you. If possible illustrate with examples. Be prepared for situational questions like: Tell us the order you would treat these three patients – most important to least important.


How do you handle stress or perform under pressure?“I think knowing what the job entails and being prepared allows you to be better equipped when stressful situations do arise. Honestly, a little stress is expected in our field. If I feel like I am getting to the point of being stressed out, I will take a few deep breaths and remind myself why I got into nursing in the first place. Although there may be a few trying moments here and there, the impact nurses have on people’s lives is well worth it.”


What is the most difficult part about being a nurse? (This can be a tricky question to answer because you want to be honest and genuine, while still showing that you love your job).“I absolutely love being a nurse, but as with all jobs challenges will cross my path. The hardest part of being a nurse is seeing a patient in pain or unhappy and being limited in the extent I can comfort them. The reality is that as a professional I can only do so much. However, I realize this helps me so that I do not become too emotionally invested in my patients.”


What made you choose nursing as a career?“Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to help people. I figured that nursing would be the best way I could help someone, and it is something I am truly passionate about.”


Why do you want to work here? Note: (Do your research). Some key things to research about a place you want to work are: the organization’s mission and basic facts, their recent achievement and news, and their employees. Usually a facility will have most of this information on their website.


How would you handle the family of a patient in your care who is displeased with the care of the patient? “I would try and be as open/transparent with them as possible as to why I chose the care/treatment plan that I did. If they are still unsatisfied, I would ask them if they would like to talk to my supervisor. I would calmly explain the situation to my supervisor before he/she meets with the family, so that he/she can help try to defuse the situation.”


Do you prefer to work alone, or as part of a team?“Personally, I like working alone. However, while my personal preference is to work alone I understand that sometimes I need to work in a team in order to not be overwhelmed with patients, and to provide the best possible care to them.”“I love working as part of a team. I am really good at communicating with others, motivating them,  and dividing tasks, so I think I am a great team member.”

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