PNP Job Interview Format

Typical Interview Format


Welcome: Usually, the interviewer will try to make you feel comfortable and establish rapport. You will want to:

  • Give a firm handshake
  • Try to relax and smile
  • Make eye contact
  • Be aware of your body language


Questioning: Interviewers look for information that will confirm your suitability for the PNP job. Make sure to:

  • Provide this information with the focus on answering the question with a concise and clear answer.  Find the balance between too much information and a complete answer. Sometimes nervousness will cause you to go on a tangent from the question. The interviewer can ask you additional questions as needed.
  • Use questions as an opportunity to communicate your ability to fit their culture and the qualifications of the job as well as skills in teamwork, flexibility, leadership, and communication.
  • Prepare yourself for difficult questions.
  • Be honest in all your replies. Honesty pays!
  • Avoid asking about salary and benefits unless the interviewer brings up these issues.  If they do, defer to them and ask them what the range is.  You can always ask for more than what they offer, but you will not have the opportunity to receive a salary for more than the amount you ask for.  Also avoid bringing up specific questions related to the schedule and hours at this first meeting. You will have time to have this piece answered.


The Pitch: Here is where the interviewer talks about the organization to sell a candidate on why he or she would want to work there. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the PNP job and the organization. Once this door has been opened for you, this is an appropriate time to:

  • Summarize your qualifications for the job and why you would be a good fit.  Try to be as specific as possible for this position. If you are too general, the interviewer will assume you are giving the same answer to others.
  • Volunteer positive information about yourself that might not have come up yet.
  • Ask 1-2 thoughtful questions about the organization, job, and people based on your research and your interview.


Closing: When the interviewer provides cues that the interview is ending, you will want to:

  • Say that you want the PNP job, if you do (e.g. “It would be wonderful to be considered for this position as I find this job to be an excellent opportunity and a good match for my clinical skills”).
  • Politely ask when a decision will be made — clarify when you should call to follow up.
  • Ask for comments on your candidacy.
  • Thank the interviewer.
  • Ask for business card/contact information for each interviewer.


Note: It rarely happens, but, if the interviewer extends an offer, it is acceptable to ask for some time to consider it. An employer will respect your request for some time to think over the offer.