After months of applying and literally HUNDREDS of applications, I finally had my first (and so far, only) interview today. It was for a speciality I love and for a hospital that is part of the Department of Public Health. It was all scenario based questioning and a written care plan. I feel like I did well on the care plan, but I know I missed some really key nursing issues and actions during the scenario questioning. The questions were part of the civil service exam for California. I studied so hard for this interview, I'm so passionate about this speciality and I've waited for so long for an interview, and I feel like I totally blew it. I feel like the rest of the interview went really well; I was myself, likable, calm, spoke clearly, etc. But at the end of the interview, the NM told me some of the things I missed during the interview and she said she was on the fence and not quite sure whether I'd pass or not.
Has anyone else taken a civil service exam for nurses, not done that great, and still gotten the job? Will a stellar care plan make up for my shortcomings during the interview?