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Questions to Ask in a Nursing Interview

Interview preparation is key when completing an interview for any nursing role. Not only does it allow you time to reflect on your experience (as we tend to forget/skip over some areas), it also allows you to think about key issues and past situations where you can really show off your skills in the right way!

Towards the end of most interviews the Hiring Nurse Manager will always allow you some time to ask your own questions. It is advised to have questions prepared and ready to ask!

Not sure what question to ask? Here are some for you to choose from!

What is your culture like here?

One of the first questions you ask in an interview should be about the company’s culture. This makes a great first impression because it shows your interest in their values and working environment. A better understanding of the working environment will make you think about how your personality fits within their culture.

What type of orientation or training do you provide?

Knowing what orientation or training process is provided can tell you how much support you might receive in the early stages of your career. Hearing information about extensive training and a detailed orientation process could give you an insight into the amount of care given to new nurses.

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What is the management style?

Different managers have unique styles and understanding the institution’s methods of management allows you to know what to expect. Some managers are more direct, while others are more open to giving their employees freedom.

How do you like working here?

Asking the recruiter or manager how they like working at the institution is a good question to ask in a nursing interview. It will give you lots of insight into the current dynamics. The answer you receive can reveal additional information that could be a contributing factor to your decision.

What kinds of qualities are you seeking?

While many companies and institutions seek similar qualities and traits–like communication and teamwork–the answer you receive will tell you the most important ones. You can use this answer to your advantage when your employment begins.

Other useful questions:

  • Who will I be reporting to?
  • Are there any mentorship opportunities or continued support?
  • What are some major challenges your nurses currently face?
  • What are the best things I can do to succeed in this unit?
  • How is my success measured at performance reviews?
  • What advice would you give to a nurse who is new to your unit?
  • What are your current staffing ratios?
  • Do you offer tuition reimbursement?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?

nurse at an interview


More importantly... Here are some questions for you to avoid!

Asking questions on pay and remuneration can leave a bad lasting impression on the nursing manager. Querying shifts and patterns can also show that your motivation to move roles or progress may not be for the reason that they would like to see. All of these questions can indeed be asked AFTER the interview is completed and a good recruiter will get these answers for you, should you be successful.

  • What kinds of shifts are offered for nurses?
  • What is your overtime policy?
  • How many nurses currently work overtime?
  • Are there on-call requirements?
  • Are there weekend rotation requirements?

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Curious about what questions a hiring manager may ask you? Read our blog post below!

Key Questions Asked During a Nursing Interview

Posted on 17 February 2023 by Laura Mulchrone
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