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So I scored an interview in my states largest level one trauma center. I have been trying for months and finally got one. What questions should I be prepared for? I am a new grad RN and it is a position in surgical/trauma/neuro unit.
In addition to being able to answer common interview questions, make sure you're knowledgeable about the hospital you're interviewing at (at least spend some time on their website), be able to give more than one reason why you'd like to work there, and definitely come armed with questions. Think of several before you go in, since your interviewer will probably answer some of them while explaining the position. Ask about their magnet status if they have it and when they're up for reaccreditation, ask specifics about the orientation program, and ask your interviewer to describe the qualities of a successful candidate. Do NOT ask what the position pays, or anything else about compensation or benefits in an initial interview. I just got hired at an L1TC and my interview wasn't what I expected, but all my prepping at least helped with the nerves and I was able to ask her some of the above questions and keep her talking for a few more minutes. Good luck!