If you are a nurse anesthetist looking to pursue a CRNA or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist course, this one-stop site will offer very useful CRNA school interview tips to aid you in the process.
Not only that, you will also find guidelines to follow in filling out the CRNA application to get you accepted in the school program of your choice.
You can now stop surfing the web for information. All you need to know to ace the CRNA school interview is compiled in this site for your convenience.
You probably know by now that there really isn’t an abundance of good schools offering CRNA courses. As a result, applications to CRNA schools are extremely competitive and schools have become picky when it comes to admissions.
Do you have what it takes to be a CRNA?
As you know, working as a CRNA is a very demanding job. It requires a lot of experience, knowledge, critical thinking, technical know-how and a very supportive family since you will have to commit to a 24 to 36-month CRNA course (depending on the program you enroll in). Therefore, CRNA schools want to make doubly sure that they accept only applicants with these qualifications.
So, if you have and are all of the above, and your passion for wanting to help people shows in the interview, then you will definitely succeed.
Watch an inspirational CRNA video here.
Without a doubt, the two most important steps (or hurdles) that need to be addressed towards admittance to a CRNA school are the application process and the all-important CRNA school interview.
Let’s focus on the CRNA school interview first. But if you’d like to start with the CRNA application process, click here.
Click this link if you prefer to dive into the CRNA school interview questions.
If you’ve already done a lot of research, but don’t feel confident enough to pass the CRNA school interview, click this link for a guide where you will discover strategies used by current CRNA students to get into school.
What is the proper CRNA school interview attire and look?
Some of you might think that dressing right for the interview isn’t critical. Actually, it is. Remember, the first impression is always important as you might never get a chance to make a second one.
Like it or not, your appearance shows how you perceive yourself; it’s part of the package in the interview process. So take extra care to look polished and well-groomed because when you feel good about yourself, you will exude confidence. In short, look like the self-assured professional that you are.
For men, its best to wear a suit and tie to play safe, one with a modern fit. Safe colors would be navy, black and gray suits with a crisp white shirt and a great tie. This is such a classy, clean look, it just never gets old. (my 2 cents :))
This is probably going to be the interview of your life, so if you don’t already own a nice suit, invest in a good one and go the extra mile. Don’t worry. It will be worth the expense as you will get a lot of wear out of it.
Here are some tips for the ladies. If you’d like to wear a dress, choose one with a classic cut. Or you might opt for a fashionable but business-like two-piece pants or skirt suit instead.
Stay with the low heels so you can walk comfortably.
Make sure your clothes are easy to get out of in the event the interview includes a tour of the school which might necessitate changing into scrubs.
If you are going to wear jewelry, make it conservative.
Putting on some makeup will make your look more polished. Wear light lipstick, and a hint of blush if it’s part of your routine.
Instead of a purse, a small briefcase might come in handy. In addition to your keys and wallet, you can put in copies of your application in case you have to refer to it, a pen, notebook and don’t forget the all-important breath fresheners. Nothing like minty breath coming out of your mouth when you speak!
For all Ladies and Gents: Do remember to polish your shoes. Many applicants forget to do this and dirty shoes totally ruin the whole look.
Get a haircut in a style that a professional would wear (ask your hairdresser for suggestions) and a manicure 2-3 days before the interview. Have you noticed a haircut always look better after a few days?
You might want to meditate (or whatever you do to de-stress) before the interview to calm you down. Although the interviewers will expect you to be nervous (they’ve been in your shoes, after all), you will need to show a calm demeanor, that you are in control of your emotions and can act and think clearly under stress.
The all-important interview usually runs around 15 minutes, and there is no easy way around it. After scouring the web for interview questions, I observed a pattern and noticed a lot of duplication in the questions.
I decided to gather a number of CRNA interview questions that seem to crop up most often for your review, so you can prepare your answers. Remember, it’s going to be a short interview.
There are two types of questions you will be asked: clinical and personal.
Note that you will probably come across a question you don’t know the answer to. Don’t be nervous. Stay calm, be honest and say you don’t know the answer.
CRNA School Interview Clinical Questions
What are possible complications from blood transfusions?
What is the normal range for ICP?
Tell us about your CRNA shadow experience. (This experience will help you a lot in getting accepted).
Tell us about your most difficult patient and what you actions you took.
How does Digoxin work? Atropine? Precedex, Milrinone?
What are standard numbers for Wedge? PAP?
What action would you take in the event of cardiogenic shock?
Can you give us the pharmacologic differences between Dopamine and Dobutamine?
Explain the placement of the pulmonary artery catheter.
There will most probably be questions about drips, especially vasoactive drips.
You could be given a situation to test your critical thinking.
The interview usually ends with: Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?
Make sure to read up on all current topics and news on anesthesia. They might ask you about these and want your opinion. A good place to start would be the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists or AANA (www.aana.com)
Here’s a heads up: The clinical questions will most probably be heavily centered on whatever you put down as your area of expertise, be it: NICU, PICU, MICU, MSICU, CVICU. You will be asked specific questions about it and will expect you to be an expert, inside out.
CRNA School Interview Personal Questions
Why did you choose to be a CRNA over other advanced fields? (This seems to be the most commonly asked question)
What are the strengths you possess that will help you in this program?
What are your weaknesses that will make being a CRNA harder for you?
If you saw another student with drugs or cheating, what would you do?
How are going to support yourself while in school?
Is your family totally supportive of your going to CRNA school?
What do you do to reduce stress?
Who is your favorite role model? Why?
What is it about anesthesia that interests you?
How do handle conflict? Criticism?
What do you like most about your present (past) job? What do you like least?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It’s going to be a short interview, but it will probably feel like eternity for you.
Still not feeling confident? Click this link if you’d like to check out the guide which lays out the cold hard facts about CRNA school and offers strategies to get accepted.