Are you ready to ace your upcoming Nursing and Midwifery interview? One of the most important aspects of interview preparation is being ready to respond accurately to the questions that interviewers may ask.
Since it could be their first time and they do not know what to learn ahead of the interview, most of the Nursing and Midwifery applicants become worried, hence poor performance at the interview.
Your responses will be stronger if you know what to expect during the interview and have a sense of what you want to focus on.
Frichynews.com in their usual character have compiled top and most common Nursing and Midwifery interview questions and how to approach them.
Knowing that you are prepared will boost your confidence and help you minimize interview stress and feel more at ease.
You don’t need to memorize your answers, but you should think about what you’re going to say so you’re not put on the spot.
The following are some of the most commonly asked interview questions, along with how to answer them. It is important that Nursing and Midwifery applicants practice their responses until they are able to handle all the questions effectively.
This usually starts with: “Tell us about yourself”. The interviewer mostly wants to know about you. Give a brief description of yourself including your personality but not too personal details, your strengths. Pay attention to your educational history and especially the course you did in Senior High School. Briefly mention hobbies that demonstrate intellectual and/or community engagement such as reading, music, sports, and volunteering. Based on the answer you give, many questions may arise from that, so be sure you know what you are saying. Interviewers may also ask how the course you studied relates to nursing. So, if you studied General Art, General Science, or Agricultural Science, how are you going to apply it in nursing?
The interview cannot be complete without questions relating to current events and happenings. Questions are asked about current health events and happenings such as in 2020 we experienced COVID-19 and meningitis outbreak. Other current events that may not be related to nursing or health may be asked. It is also important that one must know the political figures in their community. This includes The Municipal/District Chief Executive, the Member of Parliament, and the Regional Minister. You should also not forget to know the name of the Health Minister.
Why do you want to be a nurse or midwife ? This is one of the most asked questions in nursing interviews. When answering this question, try to be as real as possible. Avoid using “I want to help people!” since it has been used by so many interviewees over the years.
What would you do if a patient or family member threatened you? In nursing, the patient needs are always first, and you are the professional and as such you should possess the quality to deescalate the situation. Your answer should therefore portray these qualities.
What qualities do you think a good nurse or midwife should possess? Qualities of a good nurse or midwife include empathy, respect, good communication skills, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and more. Your answer should have these.
Do you have any questions for us? This is sometimes the last question asked. You can ask any reasonable question about the nursing program that you find interesting. If you have no questions, that is also ok.
- What are some of your hobbies or passions?
- If you see a classmate stealing, what would you do?
- A nurse at a clinical practicum site is acting unethically. What would you do?
- What are your personal strengths?
- What are your personal weaknesses?
- What would your previous bosses or classmates say about you?
- Why do you want to be admitted into our nursing school?
- What would you do if you find yourself struggling in a nursing course?
- What is your proudest achievement to date?
- What kind of experiences have you had with nurses in the past?
- Are you satisfied with how this system works in our country?
- How important do you think communication skills are for a nurse?
The above is not fully comprehensive, the questions may appear different and so therefore this piece may serve as a guide to facilitate your preparation ahead of the interview. Just remember every interview is unique, you may get a few questions or a lot. It all depends on how you communicate. One of the main purposes of an interview in nursing is to find out how you articulate you are because communication in nursing is very essential.