my first job interview next week..need some help/tips

  1. Hi guys! I'm happy and excited but a bit worry for my job interview. It's my first application/resume sent to the hospital where I am interested to work as a medical/surgical nurse and I am scheduled for a job interview next week. This is my first application and first job interview since I got my license. I don't have any work experience as an RN. I don't know what's gonna be the questions of the nurse recruiter to me. I really wanted this job and I don't want to screw my interview. Any help please..can you give me some tips.
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  3. by   cebuana_nurse
    Google some articles that talks about things that a potential employee needs to ask during an interview. Check your wardrobe for an appropriate interview outfit. First impression always last. Don't let the 'no work experience as an RN' affect you. They called you because they are interested on you. Show them that you are worth their time. Big No-no's is asking about how much you get paid and the benefits. As this would be further discussed upon pre-employment. Don't forget to ask what the nurse-patient ratio would be like during your shift. Good Luck! Hope you get the job!
  4. by   meandragonbrett
    Is this with the recruiter or the nurse manager?

    -Nurse:Patient Ratio

    -New graduate orientation-->How long is it? With dedicated preceptor or are you thrown with somebody new everyday? Will you be pushed out early because of "Staffing needs"

    -What kind of ancillary staff are there? What are their roles? Are they there 24/7 or just during dayshift? (Important if you are applying for a nightshift position).

    -What's the policy on being floated to different units and different levels of care?
  5. by   ladymarfee
    thank you guys for your valuable tips and advices..
  6. by   ChristineN
    Are there shift differentials if you have to rotate shifts? (or even do weekends)


    Is there a charge nurse that is out of the staffing numbers so better able to be a resource?

    Also, if you have any desire to go back to school, wouldn't hurt to ask about tuition reimbursement.




    Good luck, I hope you get the job.
  7. by   ladymarfee
    Just had my interview today. It's one-on-one interview with the nurse recruiter. The questions were almost exactly the same from those questions on the websites I've visited. Just sad, I did not prepare much and I don't know if I impressed the interviewer. I forgot to ask some of the questions you suggested guys. ..I think I screwed my interview.. I have to wait for another two weeks on the result if ever I will have another round of interview (panel interview). I can't wait to hear from them.
  8. by   tacobarlass
    I would suggest putting a thank you card in the mail immediately, if you haven't already done so. In it you can also reiterate your interest in the position. Good luck!
  9. by   ladymarfee
    Quote from tacobarlass
    I would suggest putting a thank you card in the mail immediately, if you haven't already done so. In it you can also reiterate your interest in the position. Good luck!
    Thanks. I already sent an email thank you note on that same day of my interview and reiterated my interest for that job position. Wish they will really hire me...i really wanted this job.
  10. by   ladymarfee
    After 1 month of waiting for the result of the job interview I had, I called the Human Resource of that hospital and I just learned my status is pending because I am classified as New Grad. And there are no job positions available yet for the New grad...If there will be positions available for me, then they will notify me for an interview with the nurse manager.

    I just feel sad and disappointed because I never have seen any positions available for new grad in our location. If they will not hire me because I am new grad, then how can I change that title "new grad". I wanted to have an experience so I can move on and grow in my profession.

    Do you also have problems of having a job just because you are new grad? i don't know what to do with my situation..hope you can share your thoughts and experiences. I just want to share my ill feelings here.
  11. by   VRN-RN
    Quote from ladymarfee
    After 1 month of waiting for the result of the job interview I had, I called the Human Resource of that hospital and I just learned my status is pending because I am classified as New Grad. And there are no job positions available yet for the New grad...If there will be positions available for me, then they will notify me for an interview with the nurse manager.

    I just feel sad and disappointed because I never have seen any positions available for new grad in our location. If they will not hire me because I am new grad, then how can I change that title "new grad". I wanted to have an experience so I can move on and grow in my profession.

    Do you also have problems of having a job just because you are new grad? i don't know what to do with my situation..hope you can share your thoughts and experiences. I just want to share my ill feelings here.
    Look at local clinics who are hiring RN's for flu season... i know Mollen Immunization is.. i just put in for it. i have to call and follow up with them.. that can give you experience..

    I am currently working with this agency who placed me at an adult day care facility.. i worked for like 5 days out of July.. hopefully it will count for something
  12. by   ladymarfee
    Quote from VRN-RN
    Look at local clinics who are hiring RN's for flu season... i know Mollen Immunization is.. i just put in for it. i have to call and follow up with them.. that can give you experience..

    I am currently working with this agency who placed me at an adult day care facility.. i worked for like 5 days out of July.. hopefully it will count for something
    Thank you. You are the second person who recommended Mollen Immunization. Actually, I already sent my application to that agency for this flu season but until now I haven't received any news regarding my application. I'm still looking forward they will hire me.

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