Interview with the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services

  1. Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone here has ever interviewed for RN positions at LA county hospitals (i.e. Olive-View, Harbor-UCLA, LAC+USC, Rancho Los Amigos). I'm not sure what to expect, and I would really appreciate a little guidance. Is it just an oral interview, or is there a written exam involved? What should I bring to the interview? Also, what should I do to prepare?

    Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!
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  3. by   RNewbie
    I would probably bring a copy of your resume. I had an interview a few months ago and it was the best interview I've ever had. The interviewer was very nice, down to earth, and not intimidating. They ask everyone the same questions. I think it took 30-40 minutes. To review, I would think of different clinical or work situations you have been in and how you handled them. The questions were mostly like "Tell me about a time when..." or "What would you do if..." Typical stuff, nothing out of the box but having examples already in your mind definitely helps.
  4. by   PowerSurge
    I agree with what the other person posted. I interviewed a few months ago too. The interviewer was very nice with me during my oral interview.I was nervous and she made me feel very comfortable. Good luck.
  5. by   sashimi
    Thanks for all the input! I will definitely use this advice for my interview next week.
  6. by   aehtela
    Hi Sashimi! I had my Civil Service Interview at LAC+USC for the Relief Nurse position this past Wed & RNewbie has given you great advice. In addition I brought a cover letter.

    @RNewbie & PowerSurge: Have you received a "Pass/Fail" letter in the mail yet? If so, how long did it take?
  7. by   RNewbie
    My interview was in Dec and I have not received anything. I also did not call to follow up on why (I'm actually happy with my current work situation). I know I should have received something by now tho.
  8. by   aehtela
    RNewbie: Wow you interviewed back in Dec & still no results? That is quite a long while. Anyhow I am glad to hear that you are happy at your current job! Congrats & best wishes to you!
  9. by   RNewbie
    I think I saw somewhere in another thread that some ppl did not hear anything for a while, they called and were told that they had to resubmit another application for some reason. They did not have to interview again tho.
  10. by   sashimi
    Thanks again to all who responded. Yay for nurses helping other nurses!
    Interviews are definitely a daunting process, especially if they are with the County! And of course, I think there are tons of things I could have improved, but nursing is a constant learning process
  11. by   PowerSurge
    I received a letter telling me to reapply because some requirements changed. I have not received a letter telling me if I passed my interview, but I did call and they told me I passed and to be patient. There are still a ton of app's that they r going through. With county its a very slow process. Hang in there everyone
  12. by   aehtela
    @PowerSurge: Thank you soo much for the response! I agree that the County application process is slow, but you're right we need to hang on! Let's support each other through it! >> I've sent you a PM message
  13. by   PowerSurge
    Hi Aehtela,

    I tried to reply to your message, but the site did not let me reply. It said I needed 15 quality post before private messages can be sent.

    I applied in nov, oral in feb

    I received the letter before I called

    reapp letter came at the end of march.

    My reply was better in the private message. I agree with supporting everyone.
  14. by   eedo_rn
    Hi Aehtela,

    I have just been called for an interview at Olive View! i am sooo nervous! this would be my first!
    I asked what unit and all I got was that it was for the Relief Nurse position..

    Question... What does it mean to be a Relief Nurse? What's the difference between a Relief Nurse and RNI position? The job description looks similar..

    Any tips for the interview?

    Please help.. any info would be appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!