PNP Job Interview – General Questions

Sample Questions

Begin preparing for interviews by developing and practicing responses to the following common questions. Working on the easier ones first will give you confidence for more difficult questions:

Tell me about yourself.

Here’s your chance to expand your 30-second summary into a two-to three-minute sales pitch for your PNP job candidacy. A general question like this can be a problem for an unprepared candidate.  Many make the mistake of thinking the interviewer is asking for personal information instead of career information.

Keep your answer professional. Highlight specific work experiences that show you can contribute to the needs of the organization and focus on achievements that validate why you are a good candidate for the position. Practice your reply with a professional and natural demeanor.

What are your greatest strengths?

Be specific and provide examples that illustrate your accomplishments. Emphasize anything that relates to the job you are applying for, but don’t exaggerate your accomplishments. Keep in mind that examples may not be a direct clinical patient experience.

What are your greatest weaknesses?

Chances are you have already identified areas you want to improve. Communicate those areas with examples of actions and outcomes that show insight and change. Confidence, insight, awareness, and discipline are all attributes that you can demonstrate through your examples. Always end on a positive note.

What did you like most about your last job?

Find positive aspects of your last job that would be similar in the new position. Then, provide examples that demonstrate relevant skills you can apply (i.e. variety of patient population, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, ability to affect clinical quality improvement projects, opportunities for nursing education)

What did you like least?

It is unlikely you will be asked this directly but look for it in a different form and be very careful how you respond. Never complain about a previous position, coworker or employer.  Find a positive way to communicate any of your past situations.  It is helpful to say your last job made you aware of how much you value teamwork, a supportive environment, etc.  Then go on to what is important to you without further reference to your past environment.