DNP interview

All applicants applying to ABSN with an early DNP decision will receive a link to complete an online interview following the deadline.

This is an “asynchronous” interview, which means you will respond to questions that have been pre-recorded by our faculty. You will not interact with anyone in real time and thus can complete the interview at any time within the designated timeframe that is convenient for you.

Please reserve a minimum of 30 minutes to complete the entire interview.

Interview process

Shortly following the application deadline, you will receive an email invitation to complete your interview. Click the link in your email invitation to create an online account in the interview system.

At the beginning of the interview session, you will test your computer’s camera and microphone and see how you will appear in your recorded interview.

In your DNP interview, you will give two verbal responses and one written response:

  • Verbal responses: You will have 90 seconds to review each question and prepare your response. You have 2 minutes maximum to record your response.
  • Written response: After reviewing the question, you have 5 minutes maximum to complete your response.

You will not receive the questions in advance and will have one chance to respond to each question.

Technical support

Please direct all interview technical support issues to RIVS at 877.773.3164 or support@rivs.com.

Minimum requirements and recommendations

  • Make sure you have a computer or tablet with a working camera and microphone. Though you can use a mobile device to complete the interview, we recommend using a computer or tablet with a formal keyboard because of the written response. You will complete a hardware test before you start the interview to test your device.
  • It is recommended that you restart your computer or device within 24 hours of starting your interview.
  • If you do not wish to restart your computer or tablet, clear the cache of the internet browser you plan to use and close and re-launch your internet browser, or use a private/incognito window.
  • Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work best when completing this online interview.
  • If you will use a browser other than Chrome or Firefox, make sure Adobe Flash Player is up to date.
  • Use a browser that is up to date. Check your browser version by accessing the Help > About menu in your browser of choice.
  • Make sure your internet connection has a minimum download speed of at least 3 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of at least 1 Mbps. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection, minimize the number of obstructions between your internet router and your computer.

Interview best practices

Environment

  • Position your webcam so it is at your eye level when you are seated.
  • Think about how your interview room is lit:
    • The background light should be the brightest in the room.
    • A simple desk lamp can be used as your main light source.
    • Turn on any available lights in the room, close all windows, and check to make sure there is no glare on your monitor.
    • Never use your monitor as your light source.
  • Be mindful of your background.
    • Position yourself in front of a wall with neutral colors; avoid patterns, wallpaper, and mirrors.
    • Clean your recording area. A tidy recording space conveys professionalism to the admissions committee.
    • Turn off all appliances or devices that may create ambient noise.
  • Your recording space should be quiet and comfortable.
    • Allot yourself ample time to answer each question in your chosen space.
    • Eliminate all possible distractions and interruptions. Turn off your cell phone and if you’re at home, make sure people in the house know you are taking an interview.

Preparation

  • Practice, practice, practice – before you even turn your webcam on, try practicing by looking into the camera as if you were having a conversation with someone sitting in front of you.
    • In a traditional interview, eye contact is of the utmost importance so make sure you look directly into the camera to answer the questions.
    • Do not look at the computer screen when answering questions – this places your line of sight below the webcam and you will appear to be looking down from the interviewer’s point of view.
    • The more you rehearse looking at the webcam, the more comfortable you will feel during your interview.
  • Dress for success; communicate professionalism with your attire. In general, you should look as if you put time and effort into your personal appearance. Your clothing should be a complement, not a distraction.

Conducting the interview

  • Speak clearly and enunciate.
    • Don’t rush but don’t answer too slowly either – you have a predetermined amount of time for your responses.
  • Listen to each question, contemplate your response, and answer concisely.
    • Make sure you answer the question being asked and don’t go off-topic.
  • Answer with a headline.
    • The first sentence of your answer should set the tone by restating the question and providing your initial opinion.
    • From there, you can add details from your own research, opinions, and experiences. However, you should always make sure you cycle back to your original point and don’t stray too far off topic.
  • Take a deep breath, relax, and let your personality shine through.
    • Smile and have fun – remember, if you are adequately prepared, you will be successful.