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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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    Account Removed

    about 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

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great info thanks.

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    Bridge_4_the_People

    about 5 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

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    great information. Thank you

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    bbuck

    about 5 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

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I NEED THOSE HINTS FOR MY COMING INTERVIEW. THANK YOU

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    Bedeude

    about 5 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

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    this is great!! thanx..

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    rnferia

    about 5 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

    about 5 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

    about 5 years ago

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

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    LATONIA067

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This was very informative

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    Kozey

    over 5 years ago

    32 comments

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

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    newdiva

    over 5 years ago

    2876 comments

    This is a great article!!!

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    nurseamy_1979

    over 5 years ago

    1762 comments

    Great info!

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