I originally wrote this article for the Nurse Practitioner School blog.
Becoming a nurse practitioner is an honorable goal typically motivated by compassion, benevolence, autonomy, and ambition. It all begins as you study relentlessly for the Graduate Record Exam and apply to programs across the country. Then, you cross your fingers. You await anxiously for the moment when you are requested for an interview.
Yes! Your dream school asks to schedule an interview. But now what? Nurse practitioner school is incredibly selective with a limited number of open spots. Fortunately, an interview gives you the chance to stand out from a large pool of highly-skilled applicants. While this type of interview closely resembles a job interview, there are a few unique nuances.
This post provides a comprehensive review of preparing for and excelling in a challenging nurse practitioner school interview. It includes a list of thirteen commonly asked interview questions and offers example answers along with questions for you to ask to the interviewer. The post concludes with my personal experiences with nurse practitioner school interviews.
Continue reading on the Nurse Practitioner School blog, and be sure to check out their other useful NP School resources including a great chart comparing nursing doctorate degrees and a page explaining the difference between a RN and NP.