Whether you're a recent nursing school graduate, or an experienced nurse
looking to move ahead in your career, you cannot underestimate the importance
of your nursing job interview. It is the most important aspect of your job
hunt. Below are some helpful nursing interview tips for recent nursing school
grads and experienced nurses alike.
The first items you should have ready are your credentials. The credentials you
absolutely need for your nursing job interview are as follows:
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A copy of your complete resume. Be sure to proofread for any mistakes.
Copies of your nursing license or, if you have them, a copy of your notice of
passing board scores.
Two copies of a complete, typed list of all references and previous managers.
You will need one copy for the HR department and one for the hiring manager. Be
sure to include their complete names, titles, current addresses and telephone
You may be asked to give permission for a criminal background check. Be sure to
have a list of your addresses from the previous five to seven years.
You may also want to bring along a copy of your recent cumulative grade report
to show that you are not at risk for failing the licensing exam.
Below is a list of standard nursing interview questions you should be prepared
You should also practice answering the tough nursing interview questions ahead
How would you describe your skills as a team player?
How will you deal with difficult doctors?
How will you deal with difficult patients and/or their families?
How will you handle unexpected circumstances, such as being short staffed and
having to perform a treatment you have not done before?
Have a list of your own interview questions to ask your interviewer.
If you are a recent nursing graduate, you should be prepared to explain to your
interviewer what qualities you possess that will help you get up to speed
quickly with the demands of your new unit.
You should be prepared to answer questions regarding any negative experiences
you've had in the work place, what you learned from them, and how you would use
those experiences in a positive way in your new position.
Below are some examples of nursing interview questions you should ask a
What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?
Is there support staff on the unit to assist nurses?
In what ways are nurses held accountable for high qualities of practice?
How much input do nurses have regarding systems, equipment and the care
What professional development opportunities are available to nurses?
Remember, these are just some examples of nursing interview questions to ask.
You should by all means ask about any additional questions that you find