Friday, January 4, 2008


by: J.P.

Gadulugo bala inyo ilong sa mga sample interview questions?
Akon man. Lain pa kay may sip-on kag kan-on nga dala.
Kadlaw nga daan!

Here are some tips and tricks to help us in our mock interview:

In 2006, I happened to have free time during the summer that I found it useful to look for a job - a job that is totally different from nursing that I would find equally or more enjoyable. It is concerned mostly with client complaints and one that involves a lot of active listening and therapeutic communication. I learned a lot from the whole experience and I want to share some of it with you. Let's begin with the things I learned about how to succeed in an interview.

1. One of the first things that one should do in preparing for an interview is to do extensive research. Research on interview tips. Research more about the company and the industry. Research about possible questions. Research about what it takes to ace the interview. Research about how to make an application letter and a resume. Research. Research. Research. Let me repeat that. Research. Research. Research. It's redundant but it pays a lot. It is probably one of the biggest tickets that will land you to your dream job. Some companies conduct tests to determine the proficiency of an applicant so if you do your homework, you'll be surprised by how far your knowledge will help you.

During the interview, the interviewer asked me about the job description of the position I was vying for. I answered her about what it was my personal experience about them and I also mentioned that it is a part of a larger industry which is also in demand in the country. She said that she was impressed. From that comment, I regained my confidence and started to feel more comfortable.

2. Create the best resume and application letter. In an industry where there are a lot of applicants, the initial judgement will be based on these two important documents. Once you fail on these, pray that you will be given another chance.

You should emphasize strengths, mention weaknesses but make it sound positive. Be sincere. Tell the truth but make your weaknesses into assets. Nobody is perfect. We make mistakes. But a mature professional knows that in order to grow, we should build on our strengths and learn from our weaknesses. Also, don't forget to bank on your previous experiences.

3. Know what YOU'RE looking for and know what THEY'RE looking for. Select possible employees that offer a lot of benefits for professional advancement and experience. Refer to their employee job description. This will serve as the basis for your resume and application letter. Modify your resume according to employee and to your career advancement.

4. Practice your answers to probable interview questions. Some employers repeat the same questions or they rephrase it. You're lucky if you bump into one. You might think that it will sound that you've rehearsed a lot. Make it sound natural. In times of moderate anxiety that you will have during the interview, you will focus on important things. And you want your rehearsed answers to be among them.

5. Be prepared for other questions. Just tell the truth but make it sound positive. Don't be too frank. Think before you speak. "No buts" is a no-no. Use it often or use its synonym, however. It will help you justify a previous statement. It is where you'll butt in positive statements.

6. Share your experiences and give examples in your answers. Don't answer a Yes or No Question with a Yes or No. Add more information.

7. When given a difficult question. Answer in one sentence only. The more things you say the more errors you'll commit.

8. Be passionate. Be confident.

9. Do deep breathing. Don't slouch.

10. Don't forget to ask a question. It is not just a one-way approach. Asking a question shows that you are assertive enough and you are interested.

11. Enjoy.

Tune in next week for more tips...:-)


I realized that passion for the job should take precedence and it should begin from the decision to take the job, it continues in the interview process and it should be sustained until retirement.

Copyright © 2007. Read.Learn.Excel.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

CSF Leak! ::::: Questions, Anyone?

What drains from your nose isn't just blood or mucus. It's CSF!

Are you having severe headaches, horizontal diplopia, change in hearing, tinnitus, blurring of vision, facial numbness or upper limb radicular symptoms (tingling)? You may be having CSF leakage. CSF leaks occur at the level of the spine especially the thoracic and cervicothoracic junction. They may be caused by overdraining CSF shunts or they follow spinal surgery, weaknesses in the roof of the middle ear or nasal trauma or surgery. (Click here or here for more information.)

Depending on the location, CSF leaks have different cool names: CSF rhinorrhea, CSF otorrhea or Spinal CSF leak, among others.


I can see that you are having nasal discharges. It might be CSF so I guess I'll stop here. Let me just introduce you to the newest section in NurseKnowledge: CSF LEAK!

In this section, we'll tackle the hardest facts and issues in Nursing and its allied fields and hopefully, it will help all student nurses, nurses, and other health professionals alike.

In the first series of CSF LEAK!, NurseKnowledge will tackle one of the most difficult challenges of students and professionals alike: Interview Questions.

PS: Beta-2-Transferrin is a carbohydrate-free (desialated) isoform of transferrin and it is almost only found in CSF. It is a specific marker for CSF leak. It cannot be found in blood, mucus or tears. Glucose and protein determination also aid in the diagnosis of CSF leak. Chiching!

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CSF Leak! ::::: Interview Questions

CSF Leak! :::::
Interview Questions
What drains from your nose isn't just blood or mucus. It's CSF!

Each week, NurseKnowledge will try to answer some of the questions.
So don't forget to return to this page and see the answers.
If you know the answers to some of the questions
or if you want to give sample answers,
please post your comments
in the comments link.
Thank you!!!

Source: Mrs. Maria Thelma Servidad, RN, MAN
Emailed by Erwin Capalla

1. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
2. What do you bring to this position? How do you stand out from the other applicants?
3. What attracts you to this facility? To this position? What do you hope to get out this experience?
4. How would you describe your ideal job? Your ideal work environment?
5. Why are you leaving your current position?
6. What did you particularly like about your last position?
7. What’s your most important professional achievement?
8. Who are your career models and why?
9. How do you set priorities at your work?
10. Do you have any time management tricks other nurses could benefit from?



1. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
2. What do you bring to this position? How do you stand out from the other applicants?
3. What attracts you to this facility? To this position? What do you hope to get out this experience?
4. What’s your most important professional achievement?
5. How do you set priorities at your work?
6. Do you have any time management tricks other nurses could benefit from?
7. What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your career?
8. How do you keep up with the latest information in your field?
9. What are your goals in terms of going back to school becoming certified, taking an management responsibilities?
10. can you give an example of a time you were a leader?
11. What do you think are the most challenging aspects of meeting client’s needs?
12. Can you describe a time your work was criticized and how you handled it?
13. If you were offered your last job again today, would you take it?
14. How have you kept up with the changes in the profession?
15. What’s your most important achievement as a student?
16. Did your clinical experience include putting in a urinary drainage catheter or starting an intravenous line access? Inserting or removing a nasogastric tube, or caring a client with one?
17. What was your favorite clinical experience? Least favorite? Why?
18. What types of charting systems have you used? What do you like about them? What do you dislike?
19. What new technology have you used in school, such as personal digital assistant (PDAs): examples: personal computer, palm pilots, computerized charting?
20. Are you on-line often? What are your favorite sites for reliable health care information?


::Next week, we'll answer some of the questions. Check back soon. If you know the answers, share it with everyone. Just click on the comments link below and post your answers.

Capalla, Erwin. Retrieved January 2, 2007.65 Interview Questions. Personal Communication (Email).

Copyright © 2007. Read.Learn.Excel.