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10 Worst Answers to Nursing Interview Questions

10 Worst Answers to Nursing Interview Questions

Georgia Price | NursingLink

What is Your Greatest Weakness?

This is a classic trick job interview question. Do you try to turn a weakness into a strength? Do you claim to have no weaknesses? The key here is to be honest, but not too honest. Use specific examples to show how you have overcome a weakness during a challenging time to show that while you may not be perfect, you have the skills to get the job done.

The Nursing Interview Quiz

1. It's interview time! You arrive at your interview:

30 minutes early - you want to show your dedication to the job.
10 minutes early - But you were actually parked and ready to go in 20 minutes ago.
5 minutes late - You don't want to seem too eager.

Bad Answer: I really can’t think of any…

Better Answer: I can be stubborn, but that just means I want to get things done and get them done right!

Best Answer: During my first month at my current job, I had a tendency to be relatively shy and not speak up for myself. One day, I was blamed for losing a patient’s chart. Instead of taking the blame, I spoke to the DON and showed her how I was at work that day and the patient was discharged before I was on call. Even though I was nervous, I knew I was not to blame and wanted the truth to be known. Since then, I have been much better about speaking my mind.

Describe a Time You Worked with Someone You Did Not Get Along With

Interviewers want to hear specific examples, so they will often ask for them. Be prepared with concrete illustrations that paint you in the best light possible. Don’t make something up, as it is possible your potential employer will verify your story with your past employer.

Bad Answer: Oh, I always get along with everyone! I’ve never met a person I didn’t like.

Better Answer: I once worked with a doctor who developed very different treatments plans that I would. We often argued about what what best for a patient, and I usually let her have her way because it’s easier to concede than to fight.

Best Answer: I used to lock heads with a fellow nurse in the INCU ward. We disagreed over many things – from the care of patients to who got what shifts to how to speak with a child’s family. Our personalities did not mesh. After three months of arguing, I pulled her aside and asked her to lunch. At lunch, we talked about our differences and why we did not get along. It turns out, it was all about communication. We communicated differently and once we knew that, we began to work well together. I believe that talking a problem through with someone will help solve the issue.

Next: Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?


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    Account Removed

    almost 4 years ago

    good advice! hopefully i can soon put it to use as i am currently looking for a job!

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    sueg

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great info thanks.

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    Bridge_4_the_People

    over 4 years ago

    44 comments

    This skills will definitle make me a super desirable candidate for my future employer.
    I am getting ready to transform myselp to be a great nurse. :-)
    Great thanks!

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    adefoluke

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    great information. Thank you

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    bbuck

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This was great for examples on interviews. Not so unlike any type of job you would be going for. I look forward to just this type of interview, though I hear being hired in a NSG position where I currently work as a UCII there is a board of leaders to go before.

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    olavick

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I NEED THOSE HINTS FOR MY COMING INTERVIEW. THANK YOU

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    Bedeude

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    How about when you're coming from a non-nursing profession into the nursing profession for the first time? Coming from a non-nursing profession, the questions will be answered quite differently. I do think this article is good; however, it could be expanded to cover those entering the nursing profession for the first time.

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    brentP

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    this is great!! thanx..

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    rnferia

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    It's no secret, you'll have better interviews when you anticipate questions like these. It's part of doing your homework. Good article...

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    j_moretz

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This is a very helpful article. I wish I had it as a guide a few week ago. I just relocated after being in a very good position for the last 10 plus years and my interviewing skill are rusty. I wil use these pointers for my next interview!

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    Very useful information here.How do we share of facebook?

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    LATONIA067

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This was very informative

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    Kozey

    almost 5 years ago

    32 comments

    This was A great help to me. I loved this aricle.

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    newdiva

    almost 5 years ago

    2876 comments

    This is a great article!!!

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    nurseamy_1979

    almost 5 years ago

    1762 comments

    Great info!

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