Interview questions your U.S. employer may ask you:

One of the final steps in your recruitment journey is an interview with a U.S. employer. We know interviews can be rather stressful, especially if you feel unprepared. That is why we have compiled a list of commonly asked interview questions with tips on how you can answer them.

You will be asked many questions – some predictable, some challenging but we hope you find this useful!

In the first part of your interview, you may be asked various questions surrounding your personal background. Examples of these are:

  • Why did you decide to become a nurse?
  • Where do you work?
  • What is the bed capacity at your current place of work?
  • What is the patient-to-nurse ratio?
  • What charting method do you use at your hospital?
  • Have you specialized in any area of nursing?
  • Do you have any certifications?

The second set of questions will be focused on your clinical skills. You may be asked whether you can complete all of the following:

  • A head-to-toe assessment.
  • Set up and start an IV.
  • Place an Nasogastric Tube.
  • Insert a foley catheter.

You will then be asked to answer two or three general questions. It is important to keep your answers brief and to the point in this section. Leave out unnecessary information to avoid dragging your answer out. Examples of general questions which could be asked are:

  • What do you think are the skills needed to be an excellent nurse?
  • What does professionalism mean to you?
  • How do you keep up to date with current nursing practices?
  • How do you deal with diverse cultural patients?
  • What is one of the most challenging aspects of meeting a patient’s needs?

To end off your interview, you will be asked to solve a scenario. This can be any medical scenario, for example:

  • You hear wheezing and you note that the patient has a history of asthma, what would you do?
  • How would you chart this scenario?
  • A 30-year-old patient is admitted through the Accident and Emergency Department. The vital signs are as follows: Temp 39 0 C, Blood Pressure 90/50, Heart Rate 130, Respiratory Rate: 22.
  • What would you do in this situation?
  • If you were the nurse of a patient going into surgery what are the pre-op and post-op teachings you would discuss?
  • What would you do if you found a patient in cardiac arrest?
  • How do you deal with aggressive or abusive patients?
  • How do you handle being short-staffed?
  • How do you personally handle stress?

The main focus of this questioning is to show off your nursing skills and knowledge of medical matters. Always answer factually and stick to the point.

We hope you found this article beneficial and wish you luck with your upcoming interview!

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