Is it typical to talk about pay and start date when setting up an interview?

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    I'm a new grad. My friend got me an interview at a hospital where she works in HR. The recruiter called me today to talk briefly and set up an interview in-person. He started off by telling me the hourly pay rate, asking me which shift I preferred, talked about the orientation process, and when I would start.

    I'm just wondering if this is typical for a pre-interview phone call, or if I should be pretty excited because they're likely to hire me? They do have a number of positions open and have recently started hiring new grads. My friend is well-liked there.

    Opinions/experience? This is the first time I've ever gotten a call about a 'real' job so I have no idea if that's standard procedure or what.
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    Ya usually they wait till after background check for that. You sound good but go in confident and humble.
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    Thanks. I definitely will go in humble, prepared, and as confident as possible. I've been doing my research about the facility. So excited that I may actually start working soon!
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    Its good they told you up front. It seems most places you have to probe them for answers. Also it will let you know whether or not the pay is good enough and the orientation is adequate enough and will allow you to compare it with other offers.
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    ha! other offers! I've applied to everything I'm remotely qualified for within a 30 mile radius and this is the only chance I have so far. It's rough for new grads in my area... All the positions are going to internal employees first. I have a good feeling about it and I really do want to work there and I think that will be apparent in the interview. So I'm really hoping it works out.
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    Lol I was the same way. But as soon as I accepted an offer I had 3 other offers within a 2 week period.
    It took me over 300 applications for just those 4 offers but hey I was grateful!
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    I've had that happen before and didn't get the job. I think they just like to be up front and let you know that the pay is based on a table rather than being negotiable.

    Good luck with the job! Must be nice to know someone in HR
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    I got the job! Thanks for the replies and for wishing me luck
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