VA Hiring Process - page 15

by wife&mommyRN

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Hello Allnurses, From the previous posts I've read the VA hiring process is pretty long and drawn out. I've applied to two different VA sites. The VA an hour away from my home I can always get in contact with a nurse recruiter... Read More


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    The hiring process in some cases literally has taken years and does not take less than months - even after scoring an interview - that's the easy part...it is NOT as fast/easy/understandable as the private sector. And, depending on where she is applying, some things may have changed..there have been and are going to be some lay-offs and closing of some dept in one of the VA's in my state (Ga).

    If she doesn't hear something at the 1 month mark, then I'd suggest calling and seeing if she is still be considered but right now..it's too early.
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    I have a question about the application process for any of you who have been through it... I put my application in over a month ago, and an email to the nurse recruiter just got me a standard reply stating it is in the "qualifications review" process. Is it normal to take over a month for a call back? Do they just wait until the closing date for the job posting (not until September) to start interviewing people? Just wondering if there is any way to know what's going on without being too annoying. I really want this job, and I know I'm qualified for it!
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    86toronado,
    From my understanding, the hiring manager isn't given potential candidates list until after the closing date of the job. I had a few interviews before eventually securing my position and I'm sure I was never contacted until after the closing date for those positions. The timeframe varied, I was contacted a few days after the closing date to as far out as 1 month.
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    I was a federal technician in a different field then went to nursing I have been in a nursing home for 2 months glad for work glad for experience but I do not enjoy it. So I was thrilled when I was tent offered the job at va for primary care clinic next day I went in for finger printing and physical that weekend I completed my equip and vet pro my references already received and mailed back questionnaire so now I just wait for my board date then start date. I am so looking forward to this I will be taking 9 years retirement to the job and can buy back my active duty time taking me up to 12 years toward retirement can't wait
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    Update: wife received a call today from HR for a position that closed almost 3 weeks ago in which there had not been any kind of notification of results. So the call was surprising. The HR person asked her if she was still interested in the position and asked if there were any questions she had about the position. The HR person then told her that the hiring manager would be contacting her but did not give any timetable nor did my wife ask. I consider this a positive development. I hope in this case that the hiring manager has already reviewed her application and asked HR to verify her interest in the position before making contact.
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    Hi all,

    I've been following this post for months and it's given me lots of guidance along the way. I now have a situation I'm hoping someone can offer insight into.

    I applied for a particular vacancy in April. The posting closed early May and I interviewed the last week in May. The interview went extremely well (I thought?) although I have little experience in the position. I heard nothing back, so I contacted the recruiter at the end of June. She told me she was in the process of making job offers for the vacancy and my name was not on the list. I never received an email saying that I was no longer being considered. Yesterday, the same vacancy was re-opened.

    So what's that about? I interviewed for a very different position afterwards and received a "we've chosen another candidate" email, so I assumed that was standard procedure and that I was possibly still in the runnings for the initial job.

    I contacted the recruiter today saying that I'm still interested and will be re-applying, and asked if there was anything I can do to improve my chances of obtaining the job. I guess my questions are 1- did I do the right thing by asking the recruiter basically "what's up?" and 2- am I maybe still in the runnings for this job? If not, I'm shaking my head wonering why. I studied hard for the PBI style interview, had great reponses, and the only negative thing I can think is that I have very little experience- however, I do still believe I am qualified and I thought that was "good enough" to get hired with them. Does anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks for reading this novel of a post, and good luck to all of you still working on it.
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    The recruiter emailed me back and said they hired the 2 candidates with the highest scores. I wonder how they do the scores? And I wonder why another vacancy exactly the same came open shortly after? I assume if I just keep applying I will eventually qualify.
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    alexis1984: Working as a Nursing Assistant is different than a Nurse. Get the physical and fingerprinting done and when you have a hiring date give the other hospital notice.
    Last edit by lmbowen on Aug 12, '12
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    elprup: If you really want the job, contact the HR supervisor (Chief). Someone dropped the ball and this is unprofessional and might be unethical. Don't give up. Make that experience count as to what Nurse, Level, and Step you are placed in, before the board. {RN Qualifications:
    Nurse I, Level 1 – None beyond basic educational requirement (Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing)
    Nurse I, Level 2 – Approximately 1 year experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field OR Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    Nurse I, Level 3 – Approximately 2-3 years experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years experience OR BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience OR Master’s degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN
    Nurse II – BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience OR Master’s degree in Nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience OR Doctoral degree in Nursing or related field} Also, since other people are hiresd without thier VETPRO information complete some reconsideration needs to be done.

    Keep us posted.
    Last edit by lmbowen on Aug 12, '12
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    Squidbillies: Next time call the person you interviewed with and ask, "Is there anything, I could have done differently to increase my odds of being hiring?"

    Veterans perferance, more experience, interview techniques...all dictate scores.


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