Congratulations! All your hard work finally paid off: you’ve landed an interview for a neonatal nurse position, at a top-notch facility.


How to land the job

Believe it or not, it isn’t the most qualified candidate who lands the job— it’s the one who interviews the best. So, of course, you want to prepare yourself as well as possible for the “big day.”

And here’s another little-known secret: Interviews aren’t just about giving the right answers—they’re about asking the right questions. So, don’t pass up the opportunity to shine by asking excellent questions guaranteed to “wow” the hiring manager.

The questions you ask should demonstrate your interest in the position and help you gauge whether the job is a good match for your skills, goals, personality, and lifestyle. Asking insightful questions shows that you are engaged and have done your homework.


Questions that impress.

So what should you ask? Here are questions you should consider posing during your nursing interview and what they reveal about you.

1. How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?

Asking the employer what they expect of you shows you’re focused on performance.

2. What are the opportunities for development and advancement?

By asking about training and education, you demonstrate that you are serious about learning and adding further value to the organization.

3. Is it possible to have a look around the unit?

Requesting to meet other staff on the unit shows that you’re aware of the importance of team dynamics.

4. Do you have a set staff to patient ratio?

This is a very nice way of asking how overworked you and your team will be, and if you will be required to put in extended shifts and overtime.

5. What’s the culture of your facility?

How your group works together says a great deal about the organization. Show the hiring manager that you understand the importance of team spirit and collaboration.

6. How do you audit patient satisfaction?

This question demonstrates that you not only take stock of the work at hand— you set your sights on the bigger picture, and are committed to the facility’s overarching success.

7. How will this position fit within the multidisciplinary team?

This is yet another organizational question that emphasizes your interest in the culture and cross-functional lines of communication.

8. What are the challenges currently facing the department?

Again, this question demonstrates that you see your role in the context of the bigger picture.


Wrap-up questions

When you feel the interview is winding down, here are some great questions to end with. Each demonstrates your enthusiasm for, and interest in, the position.

1. If I were offered the position, when would you want me to start?

This question shows that you are self-motivated and keen to get the job.

2. When can I expect to hear from you?

Here, you are demonstrating that you are assertive and to the point— two great qualities for a neonatal practitioner.

3. Are there any other questions I can answer for you?

This question shows that you are conscientious and guarantees that you don’t walk away until the interviewer is fully satisfied.


Now all that remains for you to do is smile, say thank you and be on your way. Well done!

What great questions have you asked in an interview? Please share your tips in the comments section below!