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Huntington Hospital New Grad Interview Tips

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by Anapurna Anapurna (New Member) New Member

Anapurna has 6 years experience .

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I am a new graduate BSN student, and I applied for a position in the new grad program at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Does anyone have any pointers for this hospital, as far as types of questions asked? I have had one interview for another hospital in the So. California area, and I did very poorly. Therefore, I am looking for any help or advice anyone may have, about this hospital in particular, or any first interview for a new grad position. Thank you!

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cardiacrocks has 2 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse-BSN.

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I have a question, what do you mean when you say, "you did poorly?" Do you have any prior work experience? How did you do in the nursing program, such as, how were your grades and stuff? Are you an RN, did you pass the NCLEX yet? Just wondering the answers to these questions, then I have some tips for you.

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Anapurna has 6 years experience.

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I have a question' date=' what do you mean when you say, "you did poorly?" Do you have any prior work experience? How did you do in the nursing program, such as, how were your grades and stuff? Are you an RN, did you pass the NCLEX yet? Just wondering the answers to these questions, then I have some tips for you.[/quote']

I was so nervous for the interview that I completely froze. I couldn't get my words out, I stumbled over myself, and when they asked me the critical thinking question I was having a hard time coming up with any responses. I have no prior work experience in healthcare, but I have worked in the restaurant industry for quite some time, and I'm also prior military. I did really well in school, graduated with a 3.81 GPA, and I received many awards, and was even chosen for a scholarship program to study at Oxford. I take my NCLEX this week, so I'm not officially an RN yet.

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kindlylili works as a RN.

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I even did not know when they taking the applications for the program. I am even volunteer in the hospital. Is the application still open?

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practice makes perfect with interviews. it's the same as public speaking! i suggest coming up with a list of potential questions, writing a script answer for every question and practicing in the mirror. if you can, get a friend to ask you questions and ask them to critique you.

pointers:

-if they ask you if you want water/coffee, accept. "sure, that would be great, thank you"

-if you need an extra couple seconds to think of an answer, say "can i get a second". STOP, think, then answer. it's better to stay silent while you think than to blurt out random stuff.

-if you mess up a statement, just be casual and say "i'm sorry, that didn't sound right, let me start over". it's perfectly okay.

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common nursing questions:

-why do you want to work here

-why did you choose nursing

-short term long term career goals

-describe a time you experienced conflict, how did you resolve it

-what would you do if one of your peers was slacking

-what would you do if you experienced a patient's dignity compromised on the job

-describe a time when you were stressed on the job, how did you handle it

-describe a difficult patient care experience, how did you handle it

-what would your previous employers say about you

-what is something you would like to improve about yourself as a nurse

-how do you stay up to date with professional nursing

-how should a professional nurse act

-describe how you would safely administer medications

those are a few i can think of. if they say, tell me about yourself. don't literally talk their ears off for 5 minutes about random facts about yourself. describe your qualifications, work experience, special skills/leadership experiences, awards/accomplishments, education, career goals, and something you would like to improve on. the answer should not be more than 2 minutes.

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Hi @Newgrad83,

Do you have any pointers now that you have gone through the Huntington Hospital interview? I just recently received an opportunity to interview with them. Any tips will be much appreciated!

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