What will they ask me?
The interview will most likely consist of a set of questions designed to find out more about you and your skills and attributes. Whilst this is not a definitive list, here are some examples of questions for you to practise answering. Remember to use STAR to help formulate your answers.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What attracted you to this position with our organisation?
- Tell us about how you organise and prioritise tasks?
- How would you handle an upset patient/relative/co-worker?
- How do you stay knowledgeable about the nursing profession?
- What motivated you to become a Registered Nurse?
- What do you see the role of a Registered Nurse being on a busy ward?
- What would you describe as your personal strengths? / What would describe as your weaknesses?
- What does the Code of Conduct mean to you as a Registered Nurse?
- Why do you want to pursue a career in nursing?
- How would you handle the following situation? You have had handover from the night shift nurse who is someone with whom you trained. When you check your patients you notice that medications have been missed and your work area is messy and has not been restocked.
- What would you do if you had a sick patient trying to check themselves out of hospital against medical advice?
- How would you handle the following situation? There is a nurse on your ward who you have observed making racist comments to an indigenous patient.
- How would you handle the following situation? You have a dementia patient who has had recent bowel surgery; they are becoming increasingly aggressive and difficult to cope with?
- What sort of things could you do to motivate your fellow team members?
- How would you handle the following situation? You are working with a nurse who is noticeably messy in their practice, they drop a dressing and pick it up off the floor and continue with their procedure.