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The Meaning Behind Stupid Nursing Interview Questions

Jeff Hindenach | NursingLink

5. What Are Your Hobbies?

Why It’s Stupid: On the surface, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with a nursing career. What does fly fishing have to do with pediatric care? Or running have to do with gerontology? The question seems to cross a line between work and pleasure that the interviewee doesn’t understand.

What It Really Means: The interviewer isn’t trying to pry into your personal life. They are just trying to get a more complete picture of what kind of person you are. How you spend your free time can speak to what kind of nurse you are. People who have more crowd-friendly interests outside of work might be better suited for a position that deals more with patients. It also gives them an idea of how you prioritize your life, and where your job will fit in.


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