What to say/ask when calling a recruiter

  1. Okay, I'm applying for new grad internships. I've submitted online resumes and applications and even sent emails to the recruiters if I could find an email address on the site. No replies, so it's time to call. However, I'm not really sure what I should say beyond, "Hi, I submitted an application online on X day and I'm calling to see if _____?"

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   luv4nursing
    Are you graduating in December? I am and Im looking at internships as well. I think it would be better to go in person since they dont usually give specifics over the phone. I would go with resume in hand dressed professionally. Just introduce yourself and tell them you are getting ready to graduate and are interested in information on their new grad internship programs. Mainly you will want to know when they start, how you specifically apply, how long they last, what units you can choose, and of course pay! HTH!
  4. by   NeoNurseTX
    I graduated in May, but moved out of state for 5 months afterwards... and now I'm moving cross country for good (darn military). I'd go in person if I were there already, but I won't be there till January. It makes life difficult, haha.
  5. by   chare
    Hospitals with new graduate internships use these programs to provide required classes and training to the new graduates as one large group rather than several small groups. For this reason most hospitals new graduate internships usually start these programs once or twice a year based on the graduation cycles of the local nursing programs. Additionally most of these programs are very competitive, usually with more persons applying than positions available.

    If the hospitals that you have applied to have an internship program you should be able to find information on their website with dates for application deadline, when interviews would start, and when the program would begin.

    Many hospital's human resource websites tell you that you should be contacted within a certain time period. When you submitted your application on line, did you receive an e-mail confirmation? If so, this may contain information as well regarding when and how you should be contacted. If it has been less than 2 weeks since you submitted your application I would not be concerned about the delay.

    If it has been longer than 2 weeks since completing your application or you did not receive an e-mail confirmation calling human resources would not be unreasonable. When calling, just tell them that you completed an online application on x date and that you were calling to verify its status. Before calling prepare a list of questions that you want answered. Some examples of questions to ask:
    1. Do you have an internship program?
    2. If so, what is the start date?
    3. Do you hire new nursing graduates without an internship?
    4. When can I expect to be contacted?
    5. If I only sent a resume, do I need to complete an application now?
    6. If I only sent a resume, when/how do I complete an application?
    7. How long will my application be kept on file?
    8. Will I be considered for positions other than the one I applied for?

    Good luck with the job search and best wishes in your career.
    Last edit by chare on Oct 25, '07
  6. by   NeoNurseTX
    Thanks so much! It's been about 2 wks since I applied to all of them so I'm going to start calling now. Thanks for the help!
  7. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    "Hi, I submitted an application online on X day and I'm calling to inquire about the status of my application"

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