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10 Worst Answers to Nursing Interview Questions

10 Worst Answers to Nursing Interview Questions

Georgia Price | NursingLink

Why Do You Want to Work Here?

Don’t confuse this question with “Why are you leaving your current job?” They are very different questions although your answers may sound similar. Despite what you may think, this is not the time to butter-up an interviewer too much. Express interest in areas that really matter to you. If you were impressed with a hospitals research into juvenile diabetes, say so, but make sure it’s not the only thing you have to say. Do your research first so you can show your desire for the position.

Bad Answer: I really want to work for a prestigious health system and I’ve always admired your work. Plus, I am ready to move on from my current job.

Better Answer: I’ve always looked up to Dr. Smith for his research on breast cancer. I like the atmosphere of the hospital as well as the chances to advance my nursing career.

Best Answer: During school, my favorite professor was also a nurse practitioner here, which is how I came to know and admire the facility. I learned of your recent philanthropic endeavors and was very impressed by your efforts to reach out to the community as a whole. As a nurse, I have a desire to care for all patients regardless of ability to pay and I admire that your clinic never refuses to serve anyone.

What Are Your Career Goals?

Here’s a question you need to be very prepared to answer. And your answer better be flawless. Employers want to know you’re ambitious, but not so ambitious that you’ll leave in 6 months to pursue an advanced degree in English Literature or study naturopathic medicine in the jungles of Thailand. Hiring a new employee is a big investment, and an interview wants to know they are investing their time and money wisely.

Bad Answer: I’m biding my time now as an LPN while I save up to go back to school and become a physician assistant.

Better Answer: In 10 years, I see myself as a nurse practitioner. I would like to attend school at night and on weekends while I work. I enjoy working in med-surg right now, but I would like to end up in pediatrics eventually.

Best Answer: I imagine that I will continue my work as a radiologic technologist for at least five more years. I love the field of radiology and would like to move up in the field either through expanding my education or gaining on-the-job experience. I would like to challenge myself by taking a leadership role, perhaps the head of a department, one day while still maintaining a clinical role working with patients.

Next: When Were Your Most Satisfied in Your Job?


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    TeresahRN

    about 2 years ago

    142198 comments

    Snuggles1, I wonder if you live on the East or West coast or up North.. the salaries are higher but in the south they are like the story says.. Teresa, Moderator for NL>>

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    Snuggles1

    about 2 years ago

    2 comments

    to mention $50,000 per year as answer to salary question is ridiculous and incorrect/outdated. Registered Nurses are making $60,000 to 70,000 a year across the country now. My response would be "negotiable

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    tua022012

    about 2 years ago

    6 comments

    Thanks for the insight. I look forward to reading more from all of you.

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    Best regards

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    Midas1

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    "Sure, you know you shouldn’t where your shortest mini skirt..."

    How about wear for "where". Errors like this one ensure an automatic out. The number one rule for submitting materials should be to proofread.

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    DC_ED_RN

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I had to stop after #5 or so. Which ones not to say were useful. But too many of the Right things to say are about those at the top of the field, DON for example. How about giving us peons, say, those of us who have not been so much as Charge yet, some useful things to say?

    Thanks!
    DC, RN

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    DC_ED_RN

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I had to stop after #5 or so. Which ones not to say were useful. But too many of the Right things to say are about those at the top of the field, DON for example. How about giving us peons, say, those of us who have not been so much as Charge yet, some useful things to say?

    Thanks!
    DC, RN

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    tua022012

    over 2 years ago

    6 comments

    Thanks for your link. It's useful for our community.
    Same material can be found at : http://interviewquestionsandanswers.biz/benefits-manager-interview-questions/
    I hope it's useful for you and you like it. Please continue sharing more information at this topic.
    Best rgs!

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    nightladyd

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    It's a great article....
    Thanks so much

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    NewGradJK

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    This article was extremely helpful. My interview is in 2 days. I will practice my answers to these questions. Will tell you the results of the interview soon. Thx.

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    Indiradsamariarn4

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    erfre

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    dtone77

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    this has helped me so so much . I went on an interview not to long ago and bombed it. These questions are exactly the ones the DON used. I have another interview in a couple of days with a different hospital and I feel much more prepared. THANKS:)

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    sfrazier05

    almost 4 years ago

    14 comments

    This is excellent information.

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    ckozina

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    This was great! I kept these tips in mind during my interview and was offered the position! Thanks!

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    maccudia_8

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This is very helpful. great job

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    erincas

    over 4 years ago

    46 comments

    These are excellent tips!! Thanks for sharing them with us :-)

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