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- Jan 1 by gigglestarsRNHave you done any research on the hospital that you could use to support your desire to work there? Such as magnet status, teaching hospital, special accredidations in areas you are interested in, that sort of thing. I also spent time thinking about answers to some of the more common questions that may pop up such as how you would describe yourself, or how you resolved a conflict with a family member or superior (Dr., Manager). Those are pretty standard, (google a search for nursing interview questions, or search by keyword on allnurses) and having thought of them in advance will help you when called upon to answer such questions in the interview. I even wrote a few things down on a 3 x 5 card and had it in the front of the portfolio i brought, just for reassurance Speaking of which, print out an extra copy or two of your resume, cover letter and letters of recommendation. The forethought can help if they didn't bring a copy, and it just shows professionalism to have those things gathered in a portfolio. I have been complimented on that after my interviews and think it made a good impression. Shake hands after, look them in the eyes and remember to say thank you for the opportunity. Dress professionally too Not necessarily a suit, but something clean and unwrinkled that shows good taste. Good luck! You can do it
- Jan 3 by anaoj89Thank you gigglestarsRN! I actually did good on my interview on the med/surg unit. It was my first time to have been interviewed as an REGISTERED NURSE. The head nurse of the unit is the one who interviewed me and she asked me about my experience in Ortho/spine because they are actually going to open a new ward and wants people to work in there without pulling other rns in the other areas. I actually did have 408hrs of internship in ortho ward but when i told her about my internship experience, she said what i did was more serious stuff than what they are doing on their ward. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing. I did balance skeletal tractions, skin tractions, bryants, cervical tractions and took care of patients with osteosarcoma and osteomyelitis, C2, C3 an alot of hip/knee replacements. She was very interested about my background and seems to like me. I dressed in suit! Omg i look liked im going to church but she seems comfortable talking to me. Whew. Then we shook hands and she said I'm the first one she interviewed for the position, theres 3more. She will call me back 6days from now and tell me if i made it to top 2. Then in those top 2, she will make them meet with other RNs to see who they will like. I find it iffy at first because what if i got into top 2 and the other nurse that is candidate for the position have a friend/relative inside the system? Hmm or much more experienced than me. Sooooooo on top of all of that, i also applied in person and got interviewed today on the spot at a local nursing home for the RN position. It also went well an the HR likes me. Plus the 3head supervisor of the units met me inside the HR office, they said they just want to talk to me and see me in person. I did get interviews twice in 2days. And i am more confident now than ever. I would like to be in a hospital setting but if i don't make it, atleast i have another option. I don't mind working with elderly since i was a CNA once in an assisted living facility. I just hope i make it at that hospital because i know i will learn alot and it is going to be a very good experience for me and for my future resumes. Again thank you for the response. Crossing my fingers now.
- Jan 3 by txrn13Hope you get the job! I too am a new grad & will be taking NCLEX this month and am trying to prepare myself for interviews.