Hello all! I have been trying for a few months to get on with a Dialysis clinic. Finally DaVita called me, and wants to set up a phone interview next Tuesday. I have never had a phone interview before and am just wondering what kind of questions I can expect, and any advice you all have to offer. I have only been a RN for about a year (10 months), however I have been a Paramedic since 2003. I have worked both EMS, Fire Department and in the hospital setting as a tech and a paramedic in the Emergency Room. I currently work on a Cardiac Step Down Unit, and deal with Cardiac, DKA and we do preform PD on the floor (no HD though). I am really interesting in Nephrology, always have been. As the saying goes "The Kidney touches everything". I am really excited, and hope this works out!
Again any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Nov 18, '11
Congrats on your pending interview. I've had a couple phone interviews before. Here are some things to consider:
If it's a cordless phone or cell phone
make sure it is fully charged. If you live with others let them know you are not to be disturbed during that time and be in a room with a door that shuts. Have a note pad and pen handy to take notes (pay, hours, names, etc) Have your resume handy in case they reference it & have questions. Have at least 3 prepared questions to ask them about their company. Write down your interviewers name and email and send a "Thank You" message for their time after you interview and also you can use this to get your last "pitch" in to let them know how great of a fit you will be for them. Probably a no-brainer but absolutely do not eat or drink or have gum in your mouth during the phone call. Davita is a good company. They took care of me when I was on Dialysis back in 1996. I received a kidney transplant a year later...Actually mulling over applying for them myself!
Good luck! Let us know how it went!
Nov 19, '11
You've been in healthcare long enough to determine what you want in a position.
With your background, they will be lucky to get you, and they know it.
Their job is to get you in with as little of the "ugly side" of the position you are applying for disclosed as possible. Your job is to (tactfully) find out what the ugly side is (many units these days staff one RN...with 16 or more patients at a time).
Get your bottom-line requirements met... in writing...know yourself and what you are willing to live with ahead of time. Trust me on this one.
Know your strengths, state them, and have confidence in them. Be honest about your weaknesses.
With your skillset and interest, you may be interested in moving into acute HD. Acutes keeps your brain happy; a chronic outpatient setting works for those who enjoy paperwork and routine.
Nov 21, '11
Good luck on your interview tomorrow! You are bringing a great background, skills to these people. Guttercat makes some great points!
Jan 7, '12
I heart, did you get the job? How did your interview go? I have a telephone interview with them as well.
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