Interview Prep for Neonatal Nurse Jobs

Few jobs have as much responsibility as that of a neonatal nurse. This healthcare professional is responsible for the care and treatment of newborn infants, some of whom may have major health issues. An increase in the amount of premature babies has ensured a steady demand for neonatal nurses. The last obstacle a prospective nurse faces is the personal interview. In this article, we'll provide some tips for you to excel at this sometimes intimidating task.

General Tips

Making sure you are on time for your interview is common sense. If you don't know where the interview location is, it makes good sense to "scout it out" beforehand. It is also recommended that you arrive about 10 minutes early.

Dress professionally and conservatively for the interview, even though you almost certainly will be wearing scrubs once you start the job. Avoid excessive make-up or jewelry as well. Your body language is also very important during the interview. Enter the room confidently and make good eye contact with the interviewer. Give them a firm handshake. Sit straight up and keep your feet on the floor. Don't mind if you need to pause before answering a question. This shows that you think before you speak. When you do answer, though, do it with confidence. That's the one quality you need to project.

Types of Interview Questions

After some introductory chit-chat, the interview proper will begin. You will be asked several different types of questions. We'll now break down the question types and provide examples of each.

Background Questions

These questions will confirm the information you provided on your application and resume. Some may also dig a little deeper into your reasons for wanting the job. Make sure your answers are consistent with what you provided on your application. Examples may include:

  • What led you to choose neonatal nursing as a career?
  • Where did you get most of your training for the job?
  • What has been the most difficult part of the job so far?

Hypothetical Questions

These questions are designed to see how you would react in certain imaginary situations. A neonatal nurse has a tremendous amount of responsibility. The interviewer wants to see how you would handle a difficult situation. These are the most critical questions you will be asked, so think carefully about your response. You may be asked questions similar to these:

  • If one of the infants in your care showed signs of breathing difficulty, what would be your first response?
  • If two infants both showed signs of distress at the same time and no one else was on duty, what would you do?
  • How would you resolve a dispute with your superior regarding treatment?

Technical Questions

Some questions will test your knowledge of medical devices and procedures. Examples of these questions might include:

  • What is the purpose of ultrasound and how would you use this technique?
  • What is meant by fetal monitoring?
  • What is the Glomerular Filtration Rate and what does it measure?

If possible, see if you can "practice" an interview with a friend or relative to prepare yourself. Further tips on interview preparation can be found at: www.hospitaljobsonline.com/CareerCenter_Interview.aspx .