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- by rnformaticsr4me Aug 5, '11Does anyone work for the VA as a Telehealth Coordinator? I have an interview for this position next week. The position is under the clinical informatics department and may be the entry I have been seeking. I was told to prepare for a performance-based interview; such as leading groups, working on projects, etc. I was told that I could use work related or classroom examples. I have the classroom examples from project management and other courses. I am looking for further insight on how to prepare for this interview. In case your wondering I am still waiting on the official offer for the cardiac telemetry position (I have an unofficial offer), so I have decided to go ahead with this interview.
- Aug 8, '11 by kid iowaI work for the VA and have been in many interviews, best advice is to RELAX. The majority of the questions will be performance based, as you already know. The interviewers will want to know how you handle conflict resolution, working with others, leadership roles, how you handle criticism, etc. They will ask for examples, so kind of have an idea in those general areas. They will ask about your strengths and weaknesses, if you plan on furthering your education (which of course you will! hint-hint), your knowledge of computers and the like. The VA is computer driven, so any computer experience that you have throw at them. At the end they'll ask if you have any questions for them, I recommend having one or two, especially job specific (not just VA specific or something like "when do I start and how much will I get payed"). I've seen a few interviews where the tipping point was how interested the candidate was about the job and the types of questions they had for the interviewing panel.
- Aug 9, '11 by rnformaticsr4meThank you for the feedback. I appreciate all of your suggestions to help me prepare.
- Aug 10, '11 by rnformaticsr4meThe interview went well. I left feeling pretty confident about my answers. Now the wait....... One piece of funny info.... When the VA does a background check, they do a background check. He!He! I was told they even send a reference letter to a neighbor.
- Aug 10, '11 by kid iowaCongrats! I wouldn't worry too much about the background check, although they are very thorough they generally stop at tearing up your floorboards.
- Aug 10, '11 by rnformaticsr4meWell if they tear up my floorboards, maybe it will persuade my husband to redo the hardwood floors! LOL!
- Aug 11, '11 by ikarus7401Quote from rnformaticsr4meSpeaking of background checks...one of my friends was looking for a job in the IT industry (non healthcare related.) When they asked him about his current salary, he gave a bit of an inflated number.The interview went well. I left feeling pretty confident about my answers. Now the wait....... One piece of funny info.... When the VA does a background check, they do a background check. He!He! I was told they even send a reference letter to a neighbor.
He goes through the interviews, and then he gets a call saying, by the way, "we looked into your current salary, and you're currently making 62,392.34. Why did you lie to us?"
So yea, background checks have come a long way. I had no idea future employers could actually get your specific salary.
- Aug 11, '11 by rnformaticsr4meIt makes me nervous about how much they will delve into my background. I read about the VA even checking with prior spouses. How far do they truly delve? While I agree to a background check, I do not agree to delving up all my past, just to get some dirt on me!
- Aug 11, '11 by kid iowaThe VA will go as far as looking at Facebook and Twitter accounts, they can go pretty deep depending on what they find. I've seen people who were the #1 selection not get offered a job because of the stuff they were posting on Facebook. You have to remember, the VA is a government facility and anything bad that an employee does gets blown out of proportion in the media. Character is a big deal with the VA.
- Aug 11, '11 by rnformaticsr4meI didn't mean to imply that I did anything bad, because I haven't. I was married when I was 18 and was only married 3 years. Too young!!!!!! I have been married 23 years to my current husband. My ex and I split amicably, but I still don't think it is his business what I am doing. I just feel some things need to be left in the past!