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- Dec 16, '09 by jerseyjessHi DC_RN09!
I submitted my application for the ED residency program and HR e-mailed me about a week and a half later telling me that they received my application and to call them to discuss options. You basically get set up with an HR nurse and when you first call them they ask you where you want to apply and why you are interested in those units. They also ask you what your current GPA is and your availability for interviews. I told my HR contact that I really really really wanted the ED and if I had to have a second choice 1EIMC was second on my list. She said she would contact the head person at the ED and get back to me.
It was another good week or week and a half until I heard anything. Finally I got a call from HR setting up an interview time. I had an interview with HR at 9am and an interview with the ED at 10. The HR interview lasted about 20 minutes and had basic interview questions like "tell me a time you worked in a group and someone did not pull their weight. What did you do?" and "What makes you a good candidate for the ED?" After that the HR person walked me to the ED and introduced me to the unit director. The ED interview was intense and had about 15 different clinical scenarios in it. It was a learning experience, but I still really had to know my stuff! After about 1.5 hours of that interview I was passed on to another unit leader who gave me a tour of the ED. That was it!
I was told to definitely give all of the people I interviewed with Thank You cards and of course I could not remember the name of the lady who gave me the tour. So the next day I e-mailed HR asking her name. She wrote back 30 minutes later with her name. 20 minutes later I wrote back Thank you. 20 minutes after that I checked my inbox and had a "congratulations we are offering you the job" e-mail from my HR lady! After jumping up and down and calling everyone I knew I sent an acceptance e-mail! After that I set up another meeting with HR to set appointments for my physical and contract signing. Oh and I still went to the hospital to give Thank You notes.
Sooo that is where I am right now in the hiring process. Everyone's experience has been different though. For example a few people in my cohort were offered positions on various floors on the spot. A few people were told they did not get the job and are setting up more interviews with different units, but as far as the process with HR and the interviews we all had similar experiences. I think WHC has a generic interview form with all of the scenarios and HR questions on them and depending on where you interview and who you interview with determines how many scenarios you will be asked. Some people were asked about 1 or 2 and I had 15.
I hope this helps! It is an intimidating process, but just really think about why you want that position and think positive and be confident and you will do great!
- Dec 16, '09 by DC_RN09Thank you for the reply jerseyjess
I think you're really good to make it that fast! Do you have previous hospital working experience?
I have submitted my application even before I have taken the NCLEX-RN and have updated my application everytime, but still did not get an interview...
I'm kinda worried because I am an international BSN grad without any working experience,, I graduated last April, passed the nursing board in our country last june and passed the nclex this november,,,
I am also volunteering in WHC, just to have an experience here in the US..
I have applied to a lot of hospitals in DC and MD but did not hear any call at all...
Just early this week, a manager from WHC informed me that the HR should contact me for an interview with her but they haven't called me yet.. I'm still praying that I will be accepted for the Feb program, coz my new grad status is about to lapse this april...
Do you have any advice for me to get my first RN job even if i'm an international graduate?
- Dec 16, '09 by jerseyjessCongrats on passing the NCLEX and graduating school! I'm not too familiar with international nursing schools, but passing the NCLEX should definitely make you stand out. Our class has not taken the NCLEX yet, we just submitted our applications last week.
I guess my advice to you is as soon as you get in touch with HR be as persistent as you can! HR is your key into interviews! Just let her know as many places as you can think of that you want to apply to. HR knows where there are openings and can get you interviews at most of those places. If you don't from HR soon I would ask the manager who mentioned HR to you what the deal is. Just from talking with people in my cohort it seems that those that were persistent (borderline annoying even) with HR and unit managers have been the most successful with getting jobs! I guess that saying "the squeaky wheel gets the oil" is true when it comes to getting jobs at WHC!
Sorry I couldn't be a better help! You will get a job!
- Dec 16, '09 by DC_RN09Your replies are really of great help! I'm getting a lot of ideas on what to expect on my first job interview...
Yeah, i've been really persistent in following up my application though sometimes i also think that they may be annoyed,, I've applied to all positions available for Residency Program!lol!
So, when are you suppossed to have the orientation? I'm really looking forward for an interview,, hope to see you on orientation! lol!
goodluck on your NCLEX
- Dec 17, '09 by jerseyjessThanks! I'm glad I can be of some help! I didn't know about this website until recently and I really wish I could have utilized it earlier! I start my residency on February 16th so I hope to see you there as well! I wouldn't worry about being annoying, just keep telling them how much you want the job. I literally babbled to the ED lady for an hour and everytime I got tongue tied or flustered I kept saying "I'm sorry I'm really nervous because I really really want this position" and that seemed to work for me! Good luck with interviews! I'm sure you will do great and if you have anymore questions don't hesitate to ask. I have my last final tomorrow night and then I'll have all the time in the world til February 16th. woo hoo!
- Dec 17, '09 by FralliesMom_RNJerseyJess,
Congratulations on the job! That is fantastic news. I am definitely interested in ED. If I had to pick a speciality today, it would be ED. I'd love to stay in touch with you. I don't have the abilty to private message. However, if you search the previously described group on a certain social networking site, I'm the only Heather on there : )
- Dec 17, '09 by jerseyjessHi Heather,
I think I found you so check your requests. It would be great to keep in touch and if you get to have any "dream days" during your clinicals maybe we can try to set it up so you shadow me!
- May 10, '11 by sdahl2Hey, I am going to try to bring this conversation back from the dead.
I just found out I got the WHC scholarship but I am trying to find out more about the program. For those of you who are probably working there now, are you happy? What are the pros and cons?
- Sep 18, '11 by FarminRNI just wanted to thank you all for all of the questions and answers. They have been really informative to say the least. Best of luck to those still applying for jobs and thank you again.