Nurse Interview Questions

Ready to find your next compassionate Nurse? These sample interview questions will help you find the right person for the job.

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Nurse qualifications to look for

A Registered Nurse monitors patients, administers medications, keeps records, consults with healthcare providers, and educates patients on their healthcare next steps. 

A Bachelor's degree in nursing and a state license are essential requirements for this position. Top candidates will also be trained in BLS/CPR and be ACLS-certified. 

Your interview questions will vary depending on the candidates’ level of experience. Nurses coming out of graduate school will have a level of experience in the field, while nurses finishing undergraduate programs may be able to talk about the technology they used in training. 

📌Don’t forget: Check local legislation as licensure requirements vary per location and job description. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who are:

  • Critical thinkers  
  • Strong communicators
  • Good with people 
  • Flexible 
  • Detail-oriented
  • Compassionate
  • Knowledgeable about procedures

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Nurse interview questions

  • What attracts you to our facility? Have you worked in a similar environment previously?
  • How has your education and training prepared you for this position? What was your favorite course in nursing school?
  • What clinical experience has helped you grow into your career? 
  • How well do you think you communicate with patients and their families? How comfortable are you doing this?
  • What’s difficult about meeting the needs of patients? How do you manage these demands?
  • What time-management strategies do you use that will help our team? 
  • Describe a time you resolved a problem with a distressed patient. What happened and what as the outcome? 
  • Describe a time you advocated on behalf of your patient. What was the situation and the outcome? 
  • How would you care for an alert patient who suddenly became confused and disoriented? What are the steps to keep them safe? 
  • What charting systems have you used? Walk me through the process of charting a patient. 
  • What would you do if you were assigned to a specialty area you weren’t familiar with? Are you good at working outside of your comfort zone? 
  • What do you do in situations where you see someone make a mistake that may impact patient care? How do you respond?
  • How do you keep up with changes in this field? Do you follow specific resources? 

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