Quote from michigansapphire
Hi! I started working at Bassett last July. My phone interview was with someone from HR, who asked basic questions about my background, experience, and why I was interested in nursing. I then had a second, in-person interview with the unit managers of the floors that had open positions.
If you are not from this general area, you should have a good answer to the question "Why do you want to come to Bassett to work?" Managers do NOT want new grads who will come to Bassett for a year to get their initial orientation & experience and then leave to go back to the city. This is a rural area - the nearest Target is 40 miles away, as is the nearest Starbucks! That said, I moved here from the Detroit suburbs and I love it here. The area is gorgeous and the people are great.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck with your phone interview!
I've been thinking about that question for a long time, and after some research on Bassett, I formulated a reply of:
"Based on the research I've done, Bassett Medical Center is one of the top ranked hospitals in the country. I found some impressive information about your facility, namely that it is a Designated Magnet Facility accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and that it is a NICHE hospital, committing excellence to elder care. In addition, I would enjoy working in a small hospital, where you can get to know your patients, the doctors, and your colleagues on a more personal level. I believe my skills, enthusiasm, quick learning, friendly-nature, and reliability would be a great asset to Bassett Medical Center."
I really do want to work at this hospital even though it is VERY far from home. I need a change of pace and because of the affiliation with NYP and Columbia University, I feel that they could teach me a lot. (I didn't write any of that in what I would say to the nurse recruiter since I've heard you should tell them what you can do for the hospital instead of what they can do for you!)
How is the work environment at Bassett? And how's the salary? I know it's VERY far and very rural, so I'm not expecting the same amount of salary that I would receive in the city, but is it enough to live on and to save a bit?
Could you give me some more questions that the NR asked? If not, it's okay...I'm just very very nervous! I really want to ace this phone interview and get a in-person and ace that as well!
Did the recruiter tell you that you'd gotten an in-person interview at the end of the phone interview or did you have to wait?
Sorry for all the questions!! I appreciate your answers!! Thank you!