Possible Interview Questions
The interview is the time to communicate your skills and abilities to a potential employer. Being prepared for an interview is essential, and can often mean the difference between an job offer and rejection letter. The following are some questions you may be asked and should consider asking during a job interview.
Possible Questions You Will Be Asked:
- Why did you choose this field?
- Where did you get your training?
- What certifications do you have?
- What professional organizations do you belong to?
- What are your strengths?
- What is your weakness?
- What were your two most satisfying accomplishments (personal or professional)?
- How do you handle stress?
- Why did you choose your specialty?
- How do you stay current in your field?
- What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be successful in this position?
- What do you know about Banner Health, this hospital? Our community?
- Why would you like to work for us?
- Describe your perfect job.
- What is most important to you in a job?
- What are your short and long-term goals and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
- What do you see yourself doing in five years?
- Would you have any concerns if we did a background check on you?
- Are you prepared to relocate to different hospitals/states?
- What kind of recommendations will you get from previous employers?
- Describe you relationship with your last three preceptors/mentors.
- What qualities do you admire most in people?
- What kind of managers do you like the most? The least? Why?
- Describe a difficult decision you've mad and the process you went through to reach that decision.
- What criteria are you using to evaluate the company where you hope to work?
- Why should we hire you?
- What can you offer us that someone else can't?
- How long would you stay if we offered you this position?
Questions to Ask during Interviews:
- What functions would I be performing in this role?
- How would you prioritize the importance of these functions?
- What are common characteristics of employees that excel in this environment?
- What is your nurse/patient ratio?
- Do you have eight, ten, or twelve hour shifts?
- Can you explain the scheduling process?
- What are the current challenges that your company faces?
- Why did the last person leave the position?
- Why would a well-qualified person choose this position over similar ones in other corporations?
- Is being on-call required for this position? If so, what are the call requirements?
- What would be my primary challenges if I were selected for this position?
- What is your management style?
- How often are performance reviews conducted and what is your process?
- What is this hospitals position regarding financial and other support in professional education?
- Based on the amount of time we have discussed the hospital, this opportunity and my suitability for it, I find myself very interested in taking it to the next step.
- What is your assessment of my status for the position?
- When could we meet again?
Reprinted with permission from the National Graduate Student Edition of Health Careers Handbook, Copyright 2004, p. 17-18, published by The Marskell Group (Publishing) Inc. All rights reserved.