5-Dec-2011 7:16 pm
Hi All, I am 49 years of age and in my second year of an Access to Health course, hopefully starting my degree in Adult Nursing in September 2012, my UCAS application is in so just waiting now.
I was wondering if any one could give me an idea of the sorts of questions will be asked? Do the interviewers use the personal statement to generate questions or are there set ones. I really want to be pre paired and obviously succeed.
Hope to get some good tips soon.
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6-Dec-2011 11:57 pm
I am first year student nurse just started in september and my interviews were all really different. It entirely depends on the university; my first one was a traditional set up, myself and two interviewers in a room with a list of questions to ask me based mainly around my personal statement. The other two I attended were group style where a group of about 10 candidates sat round in a circle for a discussion. One uni kept the discussion topics nursing focussed but the other was really abstract and none of the questions related to nursing. The best advice I can give you is to read lots of things in current nursing media and learn as much as you can about the role of a nurse to show you have insight and enthusiasm. Good luck!!!
8-Dec-2011 8:41 am
I second keeping up to date on Nursing current affairs, a lot of questions are often about your background, your education/experience, but one question that is always usually asked is 'why you want to be a Nurse.' I know, it's easy to give the usual blase answer, but I would have one prepared anyway.
8-Dec-2011 5:27 pm
I am in my final year of the diploma course (adult nursing) and all students I've met in various cohorts from different years and different branches of nursing seem to have had very different experiences during their interview - it really does seem to depend on the uni and the interviewer. General advice though is:
- as mentioned in other posts, a good knowledge of current affairs in nursing will help as they will expect you to be taking an interest
- Be prepared to talk about previous experience both healthcare related and also anything else that demonstrates you're a competent, capable, all round lovely person! Things like raising children, voluntary work, previous job/career etc....
- Talk about your Access course as it demonstrates your commitment to study
- Ask questions, it shows you're interested
- Dress smartly as if dressing for a job interview, it sounds obvious I know but some people I know didn't and they said they would have felt more confident had they dressed the part
Best of luck Trace!!
8-Dec-2011 8:47 pm
Thank you so much for your guidance, all of your comments have been really helpful.
I can nt wait until September when i can really get stuck in and learn so much more and then be in a position to help other students just as you have.
Now that I have had communication from other students I really feel like I am on my way!
Good luck to you all and thanks again Trace
20-Feb-2012 7:24 pm
i just wanted to say thank you for all your excellent interview tips. I had my interview on Thursday and been offered a place today, so excited!
To anyone else who is waiting for their interviews, good luck and just be your self, read the tips given to me and you wont go far wrong!
Thank you all again
3-Apr-2012 11:55 am
I have my interview for nursing tomorrow 4th April at Herts. I am so pleased to see I am not the only mature student embarking on a career in nursing. Congratulations on gaining a place, I am awaiting news from two other courses and of course this one I have tomorrow. Nerve racking time, but it will all be worth it in the end.
Best of luck at university
19-Apr-2012 2:56 pm
hi i have my nursing interview next tuesday and am very worried. I've heard lots of people say to read about current affairs but can anyone expand on this for me? e.g. where exactly i can find these? for example is the news on this site sufficient? and what sort of news should i be reading?
Im also desperately trying to learn maths for my numeracy test in a short space of time! does anyone have any tips i.e. what questions they've had or best websites to learn from?
my interview is at Anglia Ruskin so if anyone has had personal experience of an interview there i would love info on what it was like and what they asked etc! that would be fab!
from a very worried 29 year old :)
23-Mar-2014 5:34 pm
At the University of Kent we asked students what questions they were asked at graduate selection interviews by a variety of employers and for a range of jobs. Whereas we doubt if this survey is very reliable it does give an idea of the key questions to watch out for, and to prepare answers to, at interview.
Of course questions were sometimes asked in slightly different formats. For example,"Why do you want this job?" was sometimes phrased "Why do you want to be an accountant/social worker/journalist?"
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