More sample Nursing Informatics interview questions


I received some requests from blog readers who read about nursing informatics interview questions on a previous post, in which I went over 3 main questions which I thought were quite popular in previous interviews and which might be poorly answered by most candidates.

The 3 questions were:

  • Can you tell us about yourself?
  • What can you tell us about this position?
  • Why are you interested in this position?

The next set of interview questions are those which have a high frequency of being asked in interviews and I based that statement on my own personal experience as an interviewee and interviewer.

The Strength Question

The first question I’ll start with is my least favorite one: “Tell me your strengths and weaknesses.” When it comes for strengths, on average 9/10 people will always respond with “I’m hard working”.

As satisfactory as it might sound to you, an interviewer most likely won’t be satisfied with this answer, unless you give it some personal flavor and expand a little more.

In this case, my advice to you is that, prior to an interview, come up with examples as to why “you are hard working”.

You can simply start by saying something like: “I’m very dedicated about my job. For example, …” and continue by giving instances that demonstrate your job dedication.

Personally, I tend to stay away from saying “I’m hard working”. Instead, I prefer to focus on 4 main areas that I consider to be my strengths, such as my communication skills, technical skills, personal networking skills with others, or training skills.

And of course, for each area mentioned, I like to give real life examples to back up my answer.

And What Are Your Weaknesses?

The second part of the question about weaknesses is no favorite of mine either, but again, I concentrate on technical skills or I base my answer on previous feedback from my managers and areas that they indicated I should work on or improve.

In my early days of interviewing the advice given to me was that, when speaking of weaknesses, try to turn them into something positive.

I now stay away from that technique, but I’m always able to assess my current skills by focusing on skills that I have lost or haven’t had a chance to learn yet.

Management – How Do They Describe You?

Another question that seems to come up often is, “How would your managers or colleagues describe you?”.

My ego would love to answer with, “Why don’t you call and ask them—isn’t that why I listed my references?”, but that would definitely not be a smart thing to do.

First time I ever got this question, I froze in time and needless to say, didn’t get the job. I learned my lesson and what I do now is answer it based on past reviews from previous managers who use feedback from past colleagues and clients.

I have also seen other candidates freeze on this question and I wish I could have told them, just think of a past performance review you have had and think of the positive aspects they told you.

Of course, if you read this blog, you can easily prepare now for this question by asking your colleagues to write some positive aspects about your personality, such as reliability, dedication, communication skills, etc.

A Difficult Question

Another knockout question can either be, “Tell us why we should hire you.” or “What would you bring to this organization by applying for xyz role?”.

Lord have mercy!

What about I continue telling you about my strengths and weaknesses? As you gain more experience in the field, this is not really a difficult question, but entry level candidates do struggle with it.

If I were in their shoes, I would pick one strength about my personality and try to merge it with the job I’m applying for.

Example, if you are applying for a training position, then explain how you’re passionate about training. What you don’t want to say is that you’re tired of bedside nursing and that you’re looking for a way out!

Job Success

A follow-up to the last question tends to be, “What do you think it takes to be successful in our organization/company?” or “What do you think it takes to be successful in this role?”.

This is definitely a question you want to be ready for by doing some research on the employer you’re applying for either through friends or the internet.

I like to enter the employer’s name in google, and hit the news link to see what comes up.

And to be successful in the informatics  role or clinical analyst role?

Most informatics roles require you to handle stress well, the ability to troubleshoot problems, solve problems, get along with different departments, or handle multiple projects or tasks at the same time, which means, ability to prioritize.

Handling Pressure, Coping With Stress

This brings me to a final point before I list other pertinent questions related to nursing informaticsinterviews.

One question that seems to be popular is, “How do you handle pressure, prioritize problems, or cope with stress?”.

If you’re a nurse, this should be most likely the easiest question to answer. Again, give examples of how you have handled these situations in the past.

The Easier, Common Questions

The 8 questions listed below came up in many of my interviews in the past. There are more, but the ones below made me think a bit before answering them.

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I hope these questions will be of help to you when preparing to apply for a nursing informatics role. In the next post I will discuss about what questions to ask in an informatics interview (from the interviewee’s perspective).

Other posts you might be interested in:

Tips for an informatics resume.
Interviewing tips for an informatics position.
Nursing Informatics interview questions.
Questions to ask in a nursing informatics interview
Nursing Informatics interview questions video

Chris (25 Posts)

Chris Smith works as a clinical analyst consultant with 9 years of experience working in the nursing informatics field. He started this blog to help others learn more about nursing informatics because he got tired of reading a lot of misinformation about this field on the web. You can connect with Chris on Google+


8 Responses to More sample Nursing Informatics interview questions

  • Tim says:

    This is a very informative blog! Thank you for sharing this information. I paid 50 dollars the other day to attend this webinar where they were going to over how to get a job in this field, but the conclusion came down to getting a job in a hospital that’s willing to train you or send you to training.

    I read all the posts and you provide more information on this website than what i got for my 50 bucks. Maybe you should consider putting a donate button on this blog. Others are charging money and their info is not as good. I specially liked the interview question posts. Hope you keep on writing more tips.

    • admin says:

      I appreciate your feedback. And yes, it is correct—best way to get a job in the field is to find a hospital or vendor that’s willing to train you, and as I have said in other posts, there are many that are looking, but people do have to make the effort to beef up their experience a bit, and keep on looking and applying. And people out there are charging for this type of information? How brilliant. I guess I’ll have to look into the donate button idea!!! :D And if you have any question in particular that you would like me to post on, feel free to contact me. Best of luck!

  • Gloria says:

    Thanks so much for such useful information. I do have an MHA/Informatics and yet to interview for my 1st job as an informatics liaison. This post is helping me prepare for my interview. Once again, thank you!

  • Ann says:

    Hi – thank you for the Nurse Informatics sample interview questions. This help! Can you additionally help on someone with the informatics experience with sample questions and answers?

    Hope to see more of your YouTube videos on interviewer/interviewee. Very informational!

    Thanks again for the informative post – this help a lot of Nurse Informaticians!

  • Dianne says:

    I’m interested in interview questions for a nurse informatics interview. Thanks

  • GS says:

    Hello,
    I have been a nurse for the past 16 yrs. I got my MSN in Informatics last 9/2012. Since then I haven’t had the opportunity to pursue it because there have not been the opportunity at my workplace till 3 wks ago. I applied for a Nursing informatics, but I’m a little hesitant since I haven’t work it. I served as super user many times in the Intensive care units where I worked more than 10 yrs. I have a strong clinical background but i feel like I am walking into the unknown. Any advise? Thank you

    • admin says:

      If you have been a super user and you got an MSN in informatics, then you are as ready as you’ll ever be for a job, without having experience. In other words, your next step is to get a job, and since you have already done super user tasks, you won’t be really walking into the unknown. Also, on your first job, you’ll probably be trained on many aspects of informatics, so I wouldn’t worry about it, and just remember, if you made it to the ICU, you can surely make it in informatics!

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