Interview techniques & questions for a nurse practitioner

A nurse practitioner has already earned a nursing license and a degree in nursing. To have been called for interview means the applicant has succeeded in impressing the organisation with her application form and Curriculum Vitae (CV). So, at this stage, the applicant is at least half way toward securing the position. This makes the interview all the more crucial; good preparation is the key to a successful interview.


The candidate should prepare herself as thoroughly as possible for the interview. She needs to know how to carry out assessments on patients with a range of complex symptoms. At the interview, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate a sound grasp of holistic care. The nurse practitioner should be able to communicate effectively with other professionals, and may be asked to demonstrate this at the interview.

Standard Questions

The interviewer is likely to ask about the candidate's previous or current job, and experience. Most candidates find this relatively easy, as they are describing something with which they are familiar. The candidate may be asked to give examples of how he dealt with challenging situations in his previous job.

The interviewer may ask how the candidate envisions her future career development. The nurse practitioner is a relatively new and rapidly developing role, and the candidate will be expected to be up-to-date on relevant research findings.

More Challenging Questions

The candidate should be prepared for the interviewer to ask more challenging questions. The questions may be more focused on the nurse practitioner's ability to work within a team, and also on his own initiative, rather than on specific clinical issues. He is likely to be asked how he would deal with hypothetical dilemmas. The candidate might be asked to give a short presentation to an interview panel, but advance notice of this would be given.

Other Challenges

The candidate should have researched the institution and the particular job for which she is applying; this research may involve a visit to the unit in advance of the interview. This makes it easier for the candidate to ask a relevant and intelligent question if she is invited to ask questions.

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About the Author

Noreen Wainwright has been writing since 1997. Her work has appeared in "The Daily Telegraph," "The Guardian," "The Countryman" and "The Lady." She has a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from Liverpool Polytechnic and a postgraduate law degree from Staffordshire University.

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