For any of you interviewing, this is how it went:
Why do you want to work here?
What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
Tell me about a time you had an unreasonable complaint from a client?
Tell me about your greatest success.
I am a seasoned BSN who hasn't been at the bedside in 10 years. Even getting an interview was difficult! What did I do? 40 hours of CEU's since December. BLS and ACLS certification. And being able to speak eloquently about nursing.
I have a departmental interview tomorrow. I have BEYOND prepared myself for this.
Researched institution ad nauseum. Researched person who will be interviewing me! IT PAID OFF!
My best advice? Research and prepare, research and prepare.
Good luck to all of you fellow job seekers!
May 29, '12
great advice...thank you.
May 30, '12
Departmental interview today!
I'll post afterward and let anyone interested know how it went.
If anyone has any tips, I'm all ears! I hope I don't get caught off guard by any clinical questions. It is a surgical step down unit at large teaching hospital.
If they ask me to take pharmacology/math test, I am going to very politely ask if I can return and take it in a few days after I review. I been studying rhythm interpretation, ACLS, and doing CEU's appropos to surgical pts, but I have not done any pharm or dose calc review. Thanks to other person who posted thread about drug test. Thanks for the heads up. I have long ago forgotten how to convert grains to mgs!!
Jun 1, '12
First thing to share: My telephone interview was scheduled for 2:00, but did not receive call until 3:30.
The departmental interview was very informal. He had a set of papers w questions to ask, but only looked at them once, never wrote on them while I was present, and said "You have already answered most of these questions." I basically just talked about my experience, career goals, philosophy about nursing, etc.
I was not asked any clinical questions or asked to take a pharmacology exam.
I asked him about the patient population, nurse pt ratios, and educational opportunities. There was no panel.
He proceeded to take me on a tour of the unit, and invited me to shadow a nurse. I shadowed for three hours today.
Upon return home, I sent quick email thanking him and saying I would love to join his team. So I am waiting for a response. (he was not at work today, that's why I emailed him).
Good luck everyone!
Jun 1, '12
Good Luck....u probAbly got the job.
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