Published Feb 24, 2014
I applied for the Veterans Affairs ER position back in december and now have an interview tonight at 1700, so nervous! This is the one job that I really really want. I am hoping some of my fellow nurses can lend advice for me on how to prepare for this. Thank you in advance.
RNsRWe, ASN, RN
ok......it's a little late to offer advice, so....hope you prepared for a PBI and that it went well!
Yes the interview went well. Thank you. They are interviewing a total of 15 people for the position. They said I interviewed very well and answered the questions well and correctly. Some of the experienced nurses answered some questions wrong, surprising to me. Anyway, it can take up to 6 months to get through the hiring process. Im still praying for the best!!
By the way evidence based questions suck.
For what it's worth, the experienced nurses did NOT answer the questions wrong. They didn't give an answer that the interviewing panel wanted to hear. Not the same thing. In this type of interviewing, you either answer well and completely (according to the interviewer) or you don't. "Wrong" isn't part of the equation. I'm a little surprised they told you how many people they are interviewing as well, since that number changes like thet wind, day by day!
Performance based interviews (not evidence-based, that doesn't apply) are tough in that you DON'T know if you're giving an answer that the interviewer is looking for, or if you chose a scenario as your example response that most closely matches the situation/question that is asked. Personally, I hate them!
At any rate, here's hoping it doesn't take you six months :) Some VAs get people hired in only a month or two, others many. Good luck!
Thank you for your insight! As a new nurse I welcome advice from those with more experience.
Was this a panel interview ?
Also, congrats I hope you got the job
Thank you, I hope I get it too. There were two staff nurses that interview me. They took turns asking me questions.
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