Interviews for Foreign RNs

  1. I also posted a question in the career forum, but thought it may be more helpful here.

    I have a telephone interview scheduled for a position with a large teaching hospital for a Clinical Transplant Coordinator role. I previously worked as a consultant in the program while in my current job, and know the staff and director well. The director invited me to interview and indicated he was happy to wait until the immigration/licensing issues were resolved.

    I was wondering if anyone can suggest things to research before interview (apart from the usual). I am proficient in interviewing, hiring and firing, but not to the issues related to interviewing as a foreign nurse. What issues are the potential employers of foreign RNs worried about?

    Thanks for any help.
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    About augigi

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    Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Critical care, cardiothoracics, VADs

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  3. by   augigi
    ARgghhh!! I can't believe no foreign nurses here have had employment interviews and can help. I just found out my interview is scheduled in 3 days, and it's with
    1. HR guy
    2. Director of the clinical program
    3. CRNP in the program

    They said I should be available for THREE HOURS!!!

    I currently have a senior executive job at a medical device company, but I have never had an interview go over an hour, or with a bunch of people. I am crapping myself now!

    *any* help?
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    I didn't have a telephone interview, initially had a interview with HR whilst in the US doing NCLEX (this was before able to take outside US) they later backed out of a lot of foreign nurses and another hospital took me on but didn't do an interview but last December met someone from the new hospital but had already signed a contract with them
  5. by   augigi
    OK thanks. Guess I'll have to wing it.
  6. by   jonRNMD
    Quote from augigi
    ARgghhh!! I can't believe no foreign nurses here have had employment interviews and can help. I just found out my interview is scheduled in 3 days, and it's with
    1. HR guy
    2. Director of the clinical program
    3. CRNP in the program

    They said I should be available for THREE HOURS!!!

    I currently have a senior executive job at a medical device company, but I have never had an interview go over an hour, or with a bunch of people. I am crapping myself now!

    *any* help?
    i was interviewed by the nursing recruiter and by the Assoc. director of nursing.....

    Nursing recruiter questions and my answers
    1. do you have CGFNS certificate? No, i dont have one
    2. do you have a NY state RN license? Yes, i have
    3. do you have working experience in your country? None
    4. when did you graduate? 2005 and i took the local boards on the same year
    5. what are your nursing skills? i mentioned every nursing skill that i know
    6. are you married? how old are you? how far do you live? yes, 28 y/o, i live 50 minutes away
    7. are you done with your english exams? yes, i did IELTS
    8. what languages can you speak? fluent english and filipino. I am also conversational in chinese
    9. do you think you would be an asset to this hospital? yes. i think so....(recruiter looked at me and said " dont think, do it" :uhoh21:
    Last edit by jonRNMD on Jul 28, '07
  7. by   augigi
    Thanks Jon. I guess that means their main concern is training up someone who will then leave. My case may be different in that it could be a working visa rather than a green card visa.
  8. by   batibot
    We may refer to this link as originally intended by our poster batibot re: How to Successfully Answer Traditional Questions in Your Job Interview. http://www.pohly.com/interview-1.html
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Sep 21, '06
  9. by   augigi
    Thanks for taking the time to copy that.:wink2:

    I am happy with interview questions, I just needed personal experience from other foreign trained nurses about things the interviewers were concerned about. :wink2: But thanks again!
  10. by   jonRNMD
    Augigi.....goodluck
  11. by   augigi
    Thanks Jon! I just had the interview and it went great. The main concern of the interviewers was the timeframe in which I'd be able to get my license and be available to them. The fact that I'd already worked in the program last year (temporarily) meant that they didn't ask me any questions about my work or personality at all. They did keep asking me what questions I had, so I was glad that I'd written down a bunch of them to ask!
    Last edit by augigi on Sep 21, '06

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