Phone screen (interview) a good sign??

  1. Hello to all! Hope everyone is doing great out there in cyberspace! Here is my quandry: I applied online to Northwestern Memorial hospital and received a polite email in return, telling me that my app/resume/cover letter (worked on resume/letter for 2 weeks, so much THANKS to all the help I found here!!!!) would remain in their database for at least 2 weeks and if a positon matched my skills I would be contacted. If not, it would remain on file for a year. OK, well, I thought to myself, nice stock reply for don't call us--we'll call you! Which is cool with me, because I am applying to other places as well, and have even set up an account at Monster. So imagine my surprise to get a call from NMH the following Monday morning!!!!! My first call back--AWESOME!!! I missed the call, however (Dang!), but immediately called back when I saw the missed call and spoke to a different woman. Well, long story short, the woman who called me initially set up a phone interview for us Sept 6th at 11am--I have never done a phone interview before, does anyone know of this type leading to an acutal position??
    Meanwhile, I am almost saved up for the $200 fee to sit and test. I pray that I pass, and I hope that I get a test date near the end of Sept or beginning of Oct (Sept 30 would be ideal) another question re the nclex: what are the times to start like? I would assume that testing begins as early as 8am, but are there any afternoon start times? Just wondering...and this is the place to wonder because this allnurses is a WONDER!!!!! Take care all, bye 4 now....:angel2:
    Last edit by suebird3 on Aug 31, '06
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    About chelli73, ADN, RN

    Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 254; Likes: 27
    RN; from US
    Specialty: 11 year(s) of experience

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  3. by   AspiringRNin09
    Hi Chelli,

    I had a phone interview once with Edward Hospital in Naperville. The only thing that came to mind while I was on the phone is it seemed like I was in the actual first part of an interview without having to be there. You know, where they ask you what are you strengths/ weaknesses, what kind of person are you, how do you respond to stress...etc. It seems like something that employers are trying to do to see if you fit what they are looking for before you come in and discuss pay, benefits, and all the other good stuff. Don't worry too much about it, just be prepared to be on the phone for a while.

    As for the nclex, I can not help you there yet!! But hopefully you can help me out one day!

    Good Luck on the phone interview and let me know how it goes!:wink2:
  4. by   chelli73
    Quote from AspiringRNin09
    Hi Chelli,

    I had a phone interview once with Edward Hospital in Naperville. The only thing that came to mind while I was on the phone is it seemed like I was in the actual first part of an interview without having to be there. You know, where they ask you what are you strengths/ weaknesses, what kind of person are you, how do you respond to stress...etc. It seems like something that employers are trying to do to see if you fit what they are looking for before you come in and discuss pay, benefits, and all the other good stuff. Don't worry too much about it, just be prepared to be on the phone for a while.

    As for the nclex, I can not help you there yet!! But hopefully you can help me out one day!

    Good Luck on the phone interview and let me know how it goes!:wink2:
    Thanks so much!!! I am very hopeful to get this job, but I am applying at various places as well, of course! If I can ever help you out with nclex, consider it done! bye 4 now....:angel2:
  5. by   pinky1908
    I applied to a hospital in Flordia from Ohio and after two telephone interviews I was made a offer pending my getting licensed in Florida. So from my experience the telephone interview was a great sign. Hospitals do them alot because that is how traveling nurses get hired.
    As for the NCLEX I do believe they offered a afternoon session. When you get your ATT you can go online and see when they have open dates and times and you can check more then one locartion at once.

    Hope this helps you
  6. by   chelli73
    Thanks so much, pinky! I got through the phone interview fine, but received 2 conflicting replies! The woman who interviewed me stated that I should hear from a hiring manager in approx. a week after she forwarded my info along. Then I received a "stock" email (got it approx. 20min after phone call ended) stating the ever-so-polite "thanks but no thanks, we will keep you on file for one year" type letter. Whas up with that?? I don't know, but I will keep my search going.
    Oh, and I hope I can get an afternoon time for the test! Take care now, M.
  7. by   RGN1
    I'm in the UK & all my interviews have been telephone. I'm mulling over 2 offers at present & have 2 more lined up as well.

    Just make sure that you have a list of questions that you want to ask, your stock answers to the usual types of questions & your resume in front of you. it might also be worth having a nursing reference book in case thay ask a clinincal question that throws you!:wink2:

    In the UK we could only take N-CLEX in the mornings, last appointment was 11 or 11.30 but I'm pretty sure that won't be the case in the USA. Someone will come along with that answer soon no doubt!

    Good luck, on all fronts!
  8. by   charebec65
    My NCLEX was scheduled for 12:30pm. I doubt that they schedule them too much later as you are allowed 5 hrs for NCLEX-PN and 6 hours for NCLEX-RN. Once you have your ATT go to PearsonVue's website and check out several of the closest testing sites for appointment availability.

    Sorry about the job. There are others out there though and you can look at that interview as practice....you'll know more what to expect. Good luck on your NCLEX-RN and in job hunting.

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