Hi! Here is the email address for the nurse residency program: RSTNUREQPROG@mayo.edu
. I contacted them first, and explained that I had a few questions for a nurse recruiter. They then hooked me up with the placement coordinator (same thing). I'm actually relocating from Montana. Mayo Clinic is amazing! I have actually never been to the facilities, but I can't speak enough about how kind they all were. They made the whole process simple. The interview was great too! Basically, here's how it goes:
Interview over webcam.
1st interview: 45 mins- talk about job description. Answer a couple behavioral questions "give us a time you did ____"
2nd interview 1.5 hours (right after the first interview, so be ready to sit for almost 2.5 hours!)- mostly behavioral questions, with a couple scenario questions (who do you see first).
1.) PREPARE. I spent a lot of time preparing for behavioral questions. I just wanted to say the right words to convey how enthusiastic I was about working there. Also, think of some examples BEFORE your interview about your clinical experience, work experience, etc. That way, when they ask you for examples, you have a few that you've practiced. Definitely don't make things up, but just practice how you'll phrase your experience.
Mayo Clinic looks for the following format when answering behavioral questions: the SHARE model
S Describe a specific Situation
H Identify Hindrances or challenges
A Explain the Action that you took
R Discuss the Results or outcome
E Evaluate or summarize what you learned
2.) Sell yourself to them. They're a business who wants to make sure they get the best nurses. So focus on how you help them accomplish goals/patient outcomes.
3.) When asked scenario questions: explain in DETAIL what your thoughts are for each patient, your diagnoses, your interventions, and intended outcomes. Don't forget to delegate in these scenarios. For example: "You have 4 patients: 1- Diabetes, 2- Hip replacement, 3- Cancer, 4- Whipple surgery. Who do you see first"
They'll give some sort of hint during the question. However, they care LESS about the order of the patient, and MORE about your thought process. How will you assess them? How will you intervene? Talk it out as if you're speaking to a non-nurse. I didn't do so well on the first scenario in my interview, and this is the advice I got. I just thought I'd share
These are just general tips that I received from one of my teachers before I applied. I hope they help. Good luck, and keep applying! What area are you hoping to work?