Typical Interview Questions for an LPN Job

An employer can legally ask you hundreds of questions on a job interview. There are also some questions employers cannot ask you. As a person seeking an LPN job, you need to know how to handle both in a calm, polite, and professional way.

Arrive early for your interview. If possible, get the name of your interviewer and then be sure to smile and shake his or her hand when greeted. Answer each question concisely. Use proper English and avoid slang. Stay positive. Ask questions about the company, but avoid talking salary and benefits at this point. Salary and benefits questions can be asked if a job offer is made. Shake hands and smile when you leave. Give a follow-up note, email, or call a week or so later.

Employers Cannot Ask

  • How long you have lived in the area?
  • Questions about religion and religious practices
  • Questions about social groups or organizations
  • How old you are and how much longer you plan to work?
  • What your maiden name was and if you do have or plan to have children?
  • If you smoke or drink

Questions Employers May Ask

  • Are you authorized to work in the US?
  • What is your current address and are there alternative places to reach you?
  • What days are you available to work?
  • Will you be able to work our schedule?
  • Are you a member of a professional or trade group of our profession?
  • Are you over the age of 18?
  • What are your long term career goals?
  • Have you worked or earned degrees under another name?
  • Are you available to work overtime?
  • How did you become interested in becoming an LPN?

Character Questions Employers May Ask

  • Tell me about a situation where you showed compassion for a patient.
  • What qualities do you have that would make you a good nurse?
  • It is your lunch break and you see a resident fall. What do you do?
  • How would you respond to a difficult patient?
  • Explain to us in detail how to move a patient from a bed to a wheelchair?

This list is not comprehensive, but it will make one aware of the type of questions an LPN can be asked.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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