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How long is the wait after an interview?


Specializes in NICU, Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

I was called in for a general human resources interview nearly 3 weeks ago. While I was there the nurse recruiter seemed impressed with me, and called in the nurse manager of the NICU. (I did my internship in a NICU and I told her that was my dream job) She said there had just been an opening that hadn't been posted yet, and I could interview for it that day. So I was thrilled! I spoke with the NICU nurse manager, got a tour of the unit, and met with some other members of the team in labor and delivery and mother/baby unit. I felt it went pretty well. They told me since the posting was new it needed to be up at least one week before they could hire someone and they would call me then.

A week later the nurse recruiter called me back and told me the managers really liked me on that unit, but needed to have the job posted for another week. (I didn't quite remember why) She told me she would call a week later, but now it has been over a week and a half. I feel I'm being blown off! Is this a normal amount of time for this process?

*Additional note: I did call the hospital and try to speak to the nurse recruiter who interviewed me. I was told they couldn't even transfer my call there, and it's their policy that no one can call in to that office because they are "so busy interviewing people all the time." I was just told to keep checking my email.

*Additional note of confusion: The job is not even posted on the web site along with other positions, so I am super confused just who they're waiting on.

Thoughts? Advice? Thanks!

I am in the same situation. It has been 2 weeks as of tomorrow. She said it could take 3 weeks but I just feel let down. I guess I gotta go back to looking for jobs at nursing homes :( The last one was terrible! I love working with the elderly but they were treated horribly. I couldn't stay there.

The interview process can take excruciatingly long, :grn: I know from experience. After my interview it took a month before I knew if I got the job or not. Luckily I did! ;) I called the nurse recruiter a couple times to ask if there was any information yet and to show them how interested I was in the job. Good luck!!

how did they finally offer you the job? What did the NR say when you kept asking her about your application? I feel like I bombed the H R interview but the nurses on the floor liked me a lot. Will they TELL us if they went with someone else??????

When I called the NR she was very sweet. She told me "I'm sorry I have no new information for you, they are still conducting interviews and you should hear by x date. I will call you when I have any information regarding the position." Then last week she called me and gave me an official job offer over the phone. She also thanked me for being so patient. I believe I had to wait so long because there were a number of NICU positions they were looking to fill so they could have a full class for orientation.

They may also be waiting to see if another more experienced candidate could fill the position.

I wouldn't freak out too much as these things often take time. After I interviewed I went over every answer I gave in my head and thought maybe I didn't do so well. I hope you get the job!!!

tothepointeLVN, LVN

Specializes in Hospice / Ambulatory Clinic. Has 3 years experience.

Dont they have to advertise all openings to internal candidates for at least 2 weeks and then to the public for a certain amount of time to meet EEOC requirements or something?

The only reason I got the interview for the job was because someone with MAJOR pull at the hospital put in my resume. It was purely due to someone I knew. I think she might have seen the listing internally but it was never listed on their website. It been almost a year since I graduated. It's hard to accept that I may have completely bombed the interview but am TRYING to stay positive. :uhoh3::lol2: What would I do without this website haha! It has truly gotten me through this horrible year! Next week (week 3) I will call nervously and see if the job is filled.

new2nicuRN since you have the job do you mind telling us what hospital you got hired at? I would love a job in the NICU more than anything and its always good to know who is actively hiring and is willing to hire new grads into the NICU...If not I understand. I just thought I would ask.

Okay so I called HR yesterday to "follow up" Then the floor manager called me back to offer me the position. She said HR should be calling me very soon because classes start in 2 weeks. 24 hours later NOTHING from HR. I mean whats going on ? HAHA I am so scared!


Specializes in NICU, Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

Update: I got a job! 1 month and 3 days after the interview...finally! Now I get to wait another month and a half to start. :-P

Congrats! :nurse:... I am STILL waiting to hear from HR! The floor manager said i was 100% hired! I dont get what HR is doing !! It's killin me!!

Update: I got the job. I found out officially 1 month after first interview. I start NEXT MONTH. That is a total of 2 MONTHS after my first interview! I graduated in December 2009! ONE YEAR LATER I GOT A JOB


Specializes in Neuro.

I have a similar experience.

I had an interview for a neuro med/surg position. At that time, I met with the nurse recruiter and nurse manager in the same day. I was told by the nurse manager that she would have me back for a second peer interview.

I waited a week for a call back then I called them. The nurse manager called me back the next day to offer me the second interview which we scheduled for two weeks after the initial interview.

The second interview was on last Tuesday. The nurse manager called me on Thursday to basically offer me the job, but she also said that I would have to wait on the nurse recruiter to call me to officially offer it and set up orientation. The nurse recruiter hasn't called me back yet. This wait is agonizing!


Specializes in Cardiac Step-down Unit. Has 5 years experience.

I'm so glad I read this poat! This is what I'm going through right now. I thought maybe it was a GA thing and its extra slow down here. Coming from the business world and NJ I never waited this long to hear back from a job. I guess its different if you are a new grad RN. This friday will be 3 weeks! I decided to stop calling for updates. The HR lady never called when she said she would. The only reason I know there's no update is from me calling her.

Hello everyone. First of all I wanted to say thank you to all of you who share their thoughts, advices and knowledge on every topic here in allnurses. It helped me a lot from taking the nclex to finding my first RN job. I am a RN who worked in a SNF in CA and moved to TX, no acute experience, and just got done with my first ever HOSPITAL interview process (it's a big deal for me :o) TODAY. I am just concerned and anxious about on how long will I wait til I get a call from them? This is a big hospital in Northern Texas.

I sent my applications online via their website since July of this year and applied on all the open RN positions they have. Finally I got my first call from the hospital's HR coordinator on 09/15/2011 to set up a behavioral interview on 09/19/2011. I went to the behavioral interview by the HR Coordinator, she said I did good, asked me which areas do I feel like I will be more comfortable with (like which areas would be an easier transition for me since I don't have an acute experience) and told me that she will forward it to the nurse manager and that I should receive a call in 2 days from the nurse manager of this particular unit which is the Neuroscience/stroke unit. No call/email after 2 days, so I decided to call the HR coordinator and left a message. She didn't call me back but hours later that day, I received an email from the nurse manager if we could set up a date for an interview by her. So I was thrilled and replied her back (this was Thursday 09/22/11) but I didn't get an email response from her after. The following day, I received a call from her to set up an interview for Tuesday 09/27/2011. I went to the interview, she asked me a couple of questions and said I did good. Interview lasted for about 30 mins and I think it went well. She gave me a tour of the unit and I met some of the staff. After the interview, she asked me if I could come back the following day for the Peer Interview which will be conducted by 2 RNs from the floor. I went for that interview this afternoon, they asked me similar questions from the previous interview and I think it went well too coz one of them verbalized she couldn't see any bad answers from me. I asked them how long will I wait before I can receive a call from them and they said "I'm not sure, maybe next week and that the nurse manager will make the decision of hiring me or not."

I am so anxious right now. I don't want to expect anything but it's hard and it will still be somewhat disappointing if I receive bad news. I am trying to be patient in looking for an acute experience. I feel like I don't feel complete as a nurse if I don't get an experience in the acute setting. I am currently looking for a job since I just moved here to TX about a month ago. This is a big deal for me and I am very happy to know that I got a call from a hospital, it's like they believe I was good enough to go for an interview atleast, for the position.

I don't know guys. What do you think? What are the good and bad signs after an interview? Should I wait for them to call me back? Thank you so much.

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