Studying hard and learning how to polish a resume and cover letter into sharp, concise communication tools are both important steps in advancing your nursing career. Once you have the credentials and get your foot in the door, though, closing the job offer requires you to focus on having a memorable face-to-face interview. To ensure that you are ready to impress your interviewers with memorable results that give just enough information, you have to understand what kinds of endoscopy nurse interview questions they might have. It is also important to practice with general interview questions, but know that your specific industry’s questions will be vital in any interview.
To get the most mileage out of all your answers, study these sample questions and the example answers given. Use them to rethink your approach to more common questions in ways that allow you to bring specific information from this specialty into your answers, so that every question becomes specific to your knowledge about the job.
5 Endoscopy Nurse Interview Questions & Answers
What made you choose this specialty?
That’s a good question, because this is a really specialized field. I decided I wanted to work in this area after helping my mother through her round of preventative screenings. I was working as an LPN at the time and studying for my RN, and the ways that the nurses helped her to understand the procedure and the necessary prep work really made it easier to deal with for both of us. In the end I decided I wanted to be in a position to offer that kind of support, and these procedures can involve a lot of prep work, so patients often need that support.
What have you done to keep your knowledge sharp and to keep developing professionally?
As my resume shows, I’m already enrolled as a member in a few professional groups, including the American Nurses’ Association. I stay up on both my recertification credits and on news for the industry overall through those channels. I also keep myself informed of the specific new procedures and approaches to this particular field by tracking basic health news and following up with more specialized reading as necessary. That way, if there are any developments that might affect my patients specifically, I am able to keep up with them.
How did your previous nursing experience prepare you for this position?
I started out as a CNA before I got my LPN credentials, and during both of those phases of my career I worked exclusively in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Those jobs required me to cultivate a well-rounded approach to dealing with patients who have a variety of personalities and communication styles, and I think that’s important to any aspect of nursing. That is also where I began to build my appreciation for the protocols we follow. Occasionally in those jobs, I did have to help clients prepare for endoscopic tests, and that gave me some more specific knowledge, too. By the time I picked my specialty, I knew a lot of the preparatory requirements our patients need to be familiarized with.
If you were hiring an endoscopy nurse, what would you be looking for?
It’s hard not to just describe myself here, if I’m being honest with you. That’s because I’ve worked really hard to understand what it takes to do well in this position, though, not because I think I’m overly special. A good endoscopy nurse needs to be able to talk a patient through the steps in the procedure, to communicate well with the doctor and call attention to areas of concern, and to make sure that everything is ready to come together for the procedure, from equipment to patient education to paperwork. Finding someone with strong communication skills in face-to-face settings and on paper is, I think, a key part of that.
What attracted you to this practice?
As one of the best-established health care providers in the region, your organization stands out as the place to be if I want to find a combination of opportunities for growth and opportunities to work with a diverse range of patients. I’m looking to be with the best organizations that can use my skills, always.