Nursing School Interviews Tips

Professionalism and preparation will help you ace your nursing school interview.
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In the period from 2010 to 2020, job opportunities for registered nurses will show an increase of approximately 26 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you want to take advantage of this job growth -- along with the salary, which reached a median level of $65,000 in 2012 -- nursing school is an essential stop along the career path. Prepare well for your nursing school interview so you’ll clearly demonstrate that you’re an excellent candidate for the educational program.

Be Professional

    Show respect by dressing and acting professionally. The Reality RN website recommends wearing conservative business attire, while avoiding such distractions as strong-smelling perfume and over-the-top jewelry. The site also notes that you’ll impress interviewers by maintaining eye contact as you answer questions and exhibiting a friendly personality, calm demeanor and enthusiasm for patient care since these qualities will benefit you as a nurse handling both daily duties and medical emergencies.

Do Your Homework

    Showing enthusiasm for the nursing profession and the nursing school to which you’re applying is also a plus during an interview. In an article for Monster, Patricia Peerman, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s assistant dean for enrollment management suggests familiarizing yourself with the school’s mission so you can express why you’re a perfect fit for the institution. The article also suggests reading current nursing journals so you can talk briefly about such medical topics as obesity and diabetes should the subject arise. You should also prepare and practice thoughtful answers to such common interview questions as, “why do you want to become a nurse” and “why do you want to attend this particular nursing school?”

Stay Positive

    Show the interviewer that you’ll be a positive presence in nursing classes and on the floor when you become a nurse by avoiding negativity during the interview. If you left a previous job because of personality conflict, for example, abstain from placing blame when you discuss the situation in your nursing school interview. The Nurse Together website recommends finding a positive way to address negative situations if the interviewer brings them up. Rather than discussing what was wrong about your former place of employment, for instance, point out the skills that you learned on the job that will help you in nursing school, such as patience, organization and the value of clear communication.

Make an Impression

    As you leave the interview, take another opportunity to point out how well suited you are to this particular nursing school. Present your resume and use it to discuss any qualifications that you didn’t get a chance to cover during the interview. The Nurse Together website notes that you should also offer letters of recommendation, professional references and documents that certify any pertinent training and licensing. In addition, ask questions about the school, its curriculum or the student body that will allow you to reiterate how you would excel in the environment.

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