Hello! I'm a new grad still looking for work after graduating in May 2013. I've had a handful of interviews with numerous hospitals, all of which (except for one), have been out of state. Unfortunately I haven't received any offers, and I'm increasingly seeing that it could be in part because I don't have any connections in the majority of areas I'm applying to.
Almost all of the interviewers have asked questions such as "Do you have family that lives in the area?" "How do I know you aren't going to leave?" The most recent interview I had asked A LOT of questions like that (and almost sounded irritated that I didn't know anybody there), and I find that they are difficult questions to answer. I just feel frustrated that all my nursing related answers seem to go well, but saying no to having family in the area seems to be more of a determining factor.
I understand that they want to be sure you will stay a good amount of time, but at the same time, people move to places where they don't know anybody all the time, and they get to know new people and often stay. Is already having ties to the community really as big of a factor as it seems, or is it just me?