Originally posted by TRN:
I will be interviewing for jobs soon. I need some help devising important interview questions. In retrospect, what questions do you wish you would have asked during the interview? Thanks!
Hi TRN. In retrospect, I wish I had known more about the employer before I went on the interview. I should have learned about the size of the hospital, the total number of beds, the type of services offered, new investments and divestments. During the interview, I should have asked more probing questions such as:
1. What is the turnover rate of the staff on that particular floor?
2. What is the organizational hierarchy? Perhaps you can ask for a copy of the organizational chart to see who makes up the list and their titles.
3. What is the patient to staff ratio?
4. What type of personnel support should the nurse expect on any given shift? For instance, what is the required minimum and maximum number of nursing assistants or techs per shift on the floor?
5. What is the minimum number of nurses staffed per shift?
6. Is there a requirement that managers or supervisors provide or participate in direct patient care when there are staffing shortages?
7. Is there a required formal orientation program? If so, how long, who conducts it, will this person(s) be willing and available when orientation or preceptorship is over? You may want to ask to see a sample copy of their orientation program.
8. How does management handle patient complaints? How does it handle employee complaints? What are the formal processes for these?
9. Does the hospital have a mandatory overtime or float policy? How is it determined who will work overtime or float where?
10. What is the minimum and maximum number of patients a nurse will be assigned?
11. Does the employer obligate the nurse to a written or unwritten contract?
If the interview is favorable, at the end you can ask about how often paychecks are distributed; how are pay increases determined and the minimum and maximum; what type of financial perks such as bonuses are offered.
TRN, there are so many things to learn about an employer. I'm sure other posters can offer many more questions or concerns to bring up. I now see after many years that it is very important to do as thorough and investigation as possible when applying for a job, just as you would a home. Most of us fulltime employees spend more time with our jobs then with our families. We need to try as best as possible, to avoid placing ourselves in situations we wouldn't put a dog in.