I am a new grad, and as long as the position is approved for budget purposes, I was offered the position for the L&D & high risk unit. I don't have any experience outside of clinical in L&D, but I do have a year experience as an LPN and a year as a CNA, both in long term care. They never even asked me about my clinical. I think that 10% was luck, 20% was an awesome recruitment system, and 70% was my interview performance. I initially interviewed at a cardiac peds unit, and was beat out by a 15yr nurse. I manager had also before that hired two new grads, so she needed the experienced nurse to balance the unit. But the manager gave me a glowing recommendation to the recruiter, who quickly scheduled me for a L&D interview when she found out that was my first choice (I was lucky there was an opening). I really prepared myself for the interview by researching behavioral interview questions
. Make sure that when asked a question that you can come up with a situation that you personally experienced. It doesn't have to be a job related answer, but also based on classes and clinical. Think about your answers beforehand. Don't let the interview become awkward, if it gets quiet, ask a question. Don't ask any questions about pay, vacation, etc until you get an offer. Research the unit before hand. Having a lot of questions is really important. I originally had 25 questions, and just picked and choosed the most appropriate as the interview progressed. That way if one of your questions gets answered, you have a lot to fall back on. I also had separate questions made out for my peer interview. Sorry to go on and on, but I hope this helps! Good Luck!