I pretty much received the same response from everyone as well, but when I was at HJD table, I was asking questions to a woman at the table who was unable to answer them, but told me I should speak to the recruiter, who was sitting down speaking with other individuals. I noticed the recruiter was actually looking at people's resumes, so when I stopped by, I gave her a quick introduction (Bachelor's in Nursing, an additional Bachelors, etc, etc) and proceeded to hand her my cover letter/resume. I also did some research and found out her name in advance, and wrote the cover letter addressed to her. She seemed impressed that I already knew her name. She then briefly looked over my cover letter and seemed impressed with that, asking me about my study abroad in Africa. We chatted for a bit and that's when she pulled out her business card and asked me to contact her in November to take a Pharm test. I don't know if she does this normally or only specific candidates. I imagine it's a good sign. Anyway, I emailed her a thank you letter a few hours after the career fair, and that was that. I do not know if she read it, as she did not reply. Anyway, I hope that helps. If you ever know the name of a recruiter in advance, I suggest you write a cover letter addressed to the individual. It never hurts, even if in the end, it gets you nowhere. Most of the people at the career fair were new graduates, so there's just little luck for us out there. Anyway, I wish you luck...believe me, I know it's tough, I've been looking since March, and I graduated Dec 09. I just interviewed at another hospital a few days ago, and have to go in for a second interview soon. *crossing my fingers* I'm ready to end my job search already!
So did something similar happen to you at the career fair as well? Did you get to speak with the recruiter directly?
I think if you do well on the Pharm exam, you will continue onto the interview process. I find it a bit strange as it is usually the other way around...interview, then pharm test, so it baffled me a bit. Anyway, I have not taken the exam, as I've yet to contact the recruiter. She told me contact her at the end on November and we aren't quite there yet. If I do get this other job (which I just interviewed for on Mon - see above), I won't be contacting her at all. To be honest, I have not been studying, but if you have notes or index cards from your Pharm class, I would definitely review those. That's what I would do. Also, if you find that there are drugs more commonly used among orthopedic / rheumatology patients, I would focus on those as well. As far as increasing your chances at getting into that facility, I don't have any information on that, but no matter what, just show a strong interest in orthopedics (don't just say you love it, make sure to have a good reason to back it up), and study your butt off for that pharm exam!! Also, if you get as far as an interview, don't forget how important it is to prepare for that, it truly makes a difference in how comfortable you are during the interview. I really think I'm terrible at interviews, I get nightmares and anxiety days before the interview! Always practice behaviors questions - they love those as much as we hate them!! I was asked a question about conflict on my recent interview and I froze for a second because I didn't prepare an answer to that question. Ok..I'm rambling now. Good luck on your test! Do you have a scheduled date yet?