Just wanted to leave some information for future applicants to Temple's N2P Program.
Everything on this thread has been accurate so far as to the process you go through - invitation to take the two tests (pre-interview). One is general med/surg and another is pharmacology - all very basic questions and you should be fine fresh out of nursing school. If not, study a bit and maybe have a friend sit down to make sure you're good. It's online so..google is available as it is in the real world.
After you nail the tests, follow up with them and let them know you've completed them. They will call back after that and schedule you for a panel interview. Mine was with 5 nurse managers from the hospital and they were all VERY nice, talkative, encouraging, etc. They were laughing and joking a lot of the time, but it was excellent because they also knew when to be focused and ask me the questions they needed to ask (why nursing, what areas do you like, resume review/job history, tell us about yourself, how would you handle a patient refusing meds, how would you handle a difficult co-worker, etc). I was nervous because it was a panel, but remember - we are new grads so they are only going to ask general, basic interview questions. Be honest, remember SAFETY and COMMUNICATION are big factors for resolving conflicts and safety is always top priority.
Other tips for the interview - read a bit about the hospital on their website to know why you would want to work there. Think about the units you'd like to work in and be ready to answer why that area of nursing. Be flexible, this will make you seem easy to place and if you want a job in this tough market, just be flexible when they ask things like "day shift or night shift?". Make sure you make eye contact with everyone in the room while you're talking and smile/relax as I'm sure they will be. Show how excited you are to work as a nurse and give excellent, safe care in an environment where you can constantly learn
. Last tip is to have questions prepared for them, as this makes you seem very prepared - what's the nurse/patient ratio, what type of minorities are common at Temple, how long is the orientation and does it include didactic parts separate from clinical or is it separated in different days?
Hope all of this helps guys. Good luck and be persistent (but not pushy/annoying) and follow up! Be sure to ask them for their names, shake all of their hands to seem professional, and smile smile smile