In-House Interview Tomorrow

  1. I work as a staff nurse in Med-Surg/Coronary ICU. Yesterday my nurse manager told me that a job was posted on the hospital's job board. She was told to tell me that I should apply--so she told me about the posting (which I'd have never seen because I just came in to drop off the schedule and then I'm off for 13 days).

    The position is for NURSE RECRUITER, a new position for our facility. Steady daylight, salaried, Mon thru Fri. Involves promoting the hospital at job fairs and local schools. Involves coordinating with the schools who have students at the hospital. Also just learned it involves interviewing ALL nursing staff (RN, LPN, CNA) that apply to the facility. In other words, lots of human resources stuff (I do have a business background from prior to my nursing career so I'm not foreign to it).

    So I put in my bid, figuring, hey, nothing happens fast in this place. I've got time to think about it. They called me within an hour of placing my bid. Got an interview tomorrow. Ack! Now what?!! Scares me to think of not doing patient care and leaving my unit.... But....gee, steady daylight...real people clothes...no holidays or weekends...

    Any words of wisdom from my fellow nurses? I'm getting palpitations now....
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   nicola
    I say go for it!!! You have nothing to lose by going to the interview and seeing how you feel about it. If it feels good, and they offer it, you can take it. If you go for the interview and find out you arent' feeling it, you can turn 'em down. I say nothing ventured, nothing gained. When I interviewed for my current position, I wasn't sure if I really wanted it or not. Turns out it was the best decision I've made in a long while!
  4. by   Thunderkat
    I am sorry I am listening to a Steve Miller Band Cd.....but like the song says.....

    Dress nicely for your interview and shine on..... Some questions that might be asked might be:

    1 why did you choose to be a nurse????

    2. What qualities do you feel are needed to be an effective nurse....
    3. What would you tell a high school student about nursing today?
    4. what are your ideas on how to effectively recruit nurses?
    5. How do feel about the nursing shortage and what do you think should be done to encourage people to become nurses?

    I am just thinking of some questions you oughta ponder on so you can have the right mindset in your interview.... Good luck!!!!
    Kat
  5. by   Zee_RN
    Good questions, Thunderkat. I will certainly ponder them and maybe even provide the answers before they ask the questions .

    And thanks for your positive thinking, Nicola. It's definitely scary to think of going in a whole new direction.
  6. by   hoolahan
    What a high compliment that the first person they thought of was you, sounds like if you want the job, it's yours.

    Think carefully about your salary request, don't be afraid to bargain, remember you'll probably be salaried, so no OT, so bid higher, but say you would to willing to negotiate. Make sure you get as much as you got doing OT in your last years salary.

    The big interview question I always get is "What can you offer us in this position. What qualities do you have that make you right for this position," like that.

    Also, why are you leaving your present position? Always be tactful and don't burn bridges behind you.

    It sounds like a cake walk, but many recruiters I know put in long hours, but they have enjoyed it.

    Best of luck to you. If you get a chance to have "normal" hours, go for it. If nothing else it looks good on the resume.
  7. by   frustratedRN
    ***does the frustrated RN dance of happiness***

    go sistah go!!!

    you will knock em dead no doubt in my mind!
  8. by   debbyed
    Apparently someone that lives behind those closed doors we never see has been watching you. Apparently you have been discussed behind closed doors. Apparently someone, somewhere who has clout wants you to have this job. SO.....

    What the hey...Put your best foot forward and give it a shot. Good recruiters are needed just as badly as bedside nurses and if you really want to keep your hand in you can always stay O hours in your old department and work a 4 hour shift here and there (Oh won't that be nice, a 4 hour shift.)

    On a serious note. Dress professional, Smile, ask appropriate questions and have faith in your self. I'm sure you will do just fine.
  9. by   MRed94
    I second everything else that has been said here, and just for good measure, am sending hugs and prayers your way.

    Like somebody said, you can always work a shift or two on the floor when you feel you need to.....If that is what you want, make it part of the contract you set up.....

    I think it would be a great job, give you a chance to see "How the other half lives".

    If you find that you hate it, tell em you want your old job back.....

    Make em give you a "I need to think this through and do it a while" period.....

    Make em give you $$$$$$$$$$

    !

    You got our support.



    Marla
  10. by   Zee_RN
    You guys are the best!! Thanks for your many kinds words and your advice.

    If I do get the job, I think I would like to be able to work a shift or two at my present job. Just to keep my toe in the door and my working knowledge up.
  11. by   waggy-2
    Hi Zee,

    Good luck with your interview. I'm sure it will go well for you. It sounds as though they were already interested in you.

    Sue
  12. by   codebluechic
    Good luck! Let us know how it went.
  13. by   Zee_RN
    Had the interview today! They have very big plans for this position. Recruiting for the hospital, the nursing center and the hospice. Corroboration with the nursing schools and all the contract work, etc., with student nursing. Tracking trends (how many interviews, how many resignations and why, etc. etc.). All the nursing interviews. Job Fairs. Retention efforts. Also, they hope by having an RN in Human Resources that the position would serve as a 'bridge' for communication. Much more--my head is spinning!

    I could also still work a few shifts in ICU to maintain my technical skills and nursing knowledge, at my convenience. Nice pay increase. Did I mention no night shifts ? And the pay I would receive for working on the unit would be $25/hr (which is $6.50 more than what I make now).

    They have a few more in-house people to interview. They want to make decision ASAP....yeesh, I hate the waiting part! My nurse-manager told me she thinks the job is mine but...I got wait and see. Ack...I want instant gratification !
    Last edit by Zee_RN on Oct 8, '01
  14. by   MRed94
    Wow, Wow, WOW!!

    Sounds like a big job, but one sorely needed in that spot.

    Go for it, Zee! Keeping my fingers crossed, praying hard, and sending hugs to keep you going.

    Marla

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