List of Common Interview Questions - New Grad Nurse Consultants
Why did you choose nursing as a career?Tell us about yourself?Why did you choose to apply to this program?Why this hospital?Why is it important for a nurse to continue their education (not necessarily formal)What elements separate you from the other applicants? i.e. what makes you so great?Tell us about a time you encountered a conflict at work and how you dealt with it?As a nurse, what do you think are the 3 most important attributes?What would you do if you witnessed another nurse steal something?Why did you choose ________ as your senior preceptorship?What steps would you take if you learned a patient was in respiratory distress?Identify the signs and symptoms of a septic patient? Discuss possible treatment and diagnostics
  • What are some comorbidities you should be aware of
How are you going to handle the stress of being a New Grad Nurse?
  • How do you manage stress?
What are your biggest strengths and weaknessesTell us about your worst clinical day?Tell us about your best clinical day?Tell us about a time you failed and what you did to overcome it? How did you handle this failure?Where do you see yourself in 5 years?Tell us about a time you have struggled with a skill or concept?What is your least favorite thing about nursing?Describe a time you had a disagreement with a nurse, preceptor, or nursing school colleague and how it was resolved?We have all made mistakes, tell us about a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it?Tell us about the sickest patient you ever cared for?What are your biggest motivators in your personal life? In your career?Tell us about a time you have helped build motivation in a group setting?Provide an example of your leadership skills?What is the most valuable criticism that you’ve received from a manager?How would you handle a difficult patient?
  • How would you handle a difficult family member that was yelling at you?
What’s one word that best describes you?What does teamwork mean to you?How would you deal with a patient or family member who is not satisfied with your care?What are your professional goals as a nurse?
  • You should be able to identify your goals while also discussing how you plan on achieving those goals
What was the last healthcare or nursing related article you read? What did you learn?Why is communication so critical in healthcare?Tell us about a time you advocated for a patientHow would you handle a rude doctor or supervisor?Tell us about a time you disagreed with a physicianTell us about a time when you stepped into a leadership role
  • What does leadership mean to you
Tell us about a time that you failed and how did you overcome the situationWhat are your thoughts on evidence-based practiceTalk about a time you were working in a fast-paced environment and how you managed to prioritize your tasks while still providing excellent patient careWhat approach do you take when patients don’t understand/know medical terminologyExplain a time you went above and beyond your responsibilities.Tell us about a time when you were challenged and you wanted to quitTell us about a time you went above and beyond for a patient?What is your nursing philosophy?What were 3 key takeaways from nursing school?What would a former employer say about you?Tell us about a time you showed compassion to a patient?Describe a time where you didn’t understand a situation. How did you proceed?