Licensed nurse practitioners, or NPs, diagnose illnesses, treat conditions, and provide ongoing education to patients. This may include performing tasks such as taking medical histories, performing physical exams, ordering diagnostics tests, developing treatment plans, following up on courses of treatment, and collaborating with other providers.
NPs may work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as in a physician’s office or at a hospital, and many serve as primary care providers within their specialty. These providers often specialize by patient population, and may even have sub-specialties in different areas of health and wellness.
If you’ve applied for a nurse practitioner role and are scheduled for an interview, that’s great! To have a successful interview and be hired for the job, it’s time to do some research and prepare.
Research the role and company.
You should always research the position you’ve applied for and the company you’re interviewing with. Understand the job responsibilities listed in the description and recommended requirements for an ideal candidate. Think about how you meet those requirements and what experience you have with those responsibilities.
Also read about the company, including the history, mission, values, and anything else that you may want to know. This helps show the hiring manager you did your research and are interested in both the role and the company.
Prepare answers to common interview questions.
This list of common NP interview questions and answers is a great place to start. Having an idea of what to expect in the interview, and preparing your responses and examples ahead of time, can help ensure you have strong answers and showcases your preparation.
Write down questions to ask the hiring manager.
You should always have questions to ask the hiring manager, whether about the job, company, or your future there. You can ask questions like “Can you walk me through the next steps?” that are related to the hiring timeline. Or, ask the manager about why they like working at the company, about the company culture, the mission or values, or specific questions about the role itself.
Be professional, but yourself.
A nurse practitioner role is an important role with a variety of responsibilities. While you’ll want to showcase and explain your experience and expertise, you should also share why you’re passionate about what you do and how that shows through your interactions with patients and other professionals. Working in healthcare sometimes takes a special type of person, and you shouldn’t be afraid to share what makes you successful and the best candidate for this role.