PNP Job Interview Practice Tips

Practice, Practice, Practice

What do I practice for a pnp job interview? That is a good question; please also see PNP Job Interview Sample Questions. Try practicing your presentation and answers aloud until you are comfortable.  It is a good idea to use a video camera to capture the mock interview and self-critique. This helps to make you sound less rehearsed, pay attention to your nonverbal language, and any language you use to fill time when you need to think.  Video cameras are especially helpful because you can also critique your body language, posture, and hand movements.  Researchers believe that possibly more than 95% of our communication is nonverbal. 

What should I watch for?

  • What are my feet doing? They should be firmly planted a little less than shoulder length if you are at a desk or table.  Similarly when you are in a chair without a desk in front of you, depending on the contour of the chair, do not shuffle or move your feet.
  • What am I looking at? Are you attentive, listening, making eye contact with the interviewer?
  • What are your hands doing? Are you comfortable and professional with your hands relaxed in your lap or are you fidgety and nervous?  Keep your hands away from your face as well.  Shake hands firmly to show confidence.
  • What is your facial expression? Smiling and nodding shows you agree and are listening.
  • Physical space: if you lean in a bit towards the interviewer, you look interested and engaged. Leaning back can appear too casual.
  • Do not interrupt. Listening is a nonverbal cue.  It shows discipline, self-confidence, and professionalism.  Not adding filler words like “um” and “and” when you are thinking or talking also communicates self-control and good communication skills.
  • Do not appear rushed or that you have somewhere else to be. Interviewers are keen to pick up on that and will not respond if they don’t feel you are totally present and engaged.


Begin by reviewing the PNP Job Interview Sample Questions and using your self-assessment to prepare.  There are a number of scenario-based questions to help you think through examples of situations where you had to deal with conflict,  how you reacted to change, demonstrated your motivation and attitude, worked collegially with teams, and how you responded in personally, physically and emotionally challenging situations.  We recommend setting up a page or document with two columns, entering questions in one column and a summary of your answers in the other.  The layout will create the connection for you between the questions and your responses as well as help you practice.

Thinking about your answers before the PNP interview will allow you to practice effectively and perform well when the pressure is on in an interview situation. If you know someone who is familiar with the employer, they can help you prepare for the interview by giving you specific information about the organization or the interviewer.  Additionally, organize your research by hospital or clinic information, specific unit or office information and team member information including interests, research, and current news. Use this information to generate a list of 2-3 questions for each person you will interview with. You may not have the opportunity to ask each question, but you will be prepared and asking good questions is part of the evaluation process.