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The 5 Worst Answers in a Nursing Interview

Posted on the 22 August 2012 by Pacificcollege @pacificcollege1

Graduating from quality nursing schools is the first step to getting a good job, but once you graduate you need ace your interviews. With a little guidance you can do your best to impress your interviewer.

How Much Money Do You Want?
Most interviewers are going to ask you how much money you need to be paid to accept a job. Saying that you are seeking as much money as possible is the worst answer. It shows that you’re only after a job for the paycheck. Obviously you need money to live, but nurses are supposed care about more than just money. Answer salary questions honestly. If salary is negotiable, say so.

Why Are You Quitting Your Current Job?
If your résumé says you are currently employed, your interviewer may ask why you are leaving. Putting your boss or the people you work with down is the worst possible answer. Instead, say that you are looking for more challenging opportunities where you have a chance to sharpen your skills and grow as a nurse.

Where Do You See Yourself in the Future?
Questions regarding your future can be tricky. You want to seem goal-oriented, but not like you’ll leave a company for any opportunity that comes along. Saying that you see yourself at a different position in a short time period is the worst answer you can give. Talk about long-term goals, like how you’d like to be the head nurse in 10 years. Talk about moving forward, but do it in a way that could mean you’re moving forward with the same company.

Why Should Our Company Hire You?
Saying that you deserve the job more than other candidates is the worst answer to this tough question. Arrogance is not a desirable trait. Answer this question by explaining how your skills, experience, strong work ethic and positive attitude can benefit the company.

Do You Have Questions About The Job?
The worst answer to this question is no. If you just can’t think of anything to say after a lengthy interview, try to say something positive like “When can I start”?

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