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New Grad Interview for ICU

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Hi everyone!

I'm a very recent new grad (just passed NCLEX this past Tuesday!) and was just offered an interview for an ICU position at a smaller hospital on Wednesday. Is there anything specific I should know heading into the interview? Any specific medications or procedures? Anything that can help me stand out above other applicants? I feel pretty decent in regard to my resume - I have my BLS, ACLS, PALS, NIHSS, and have completed an externship in the ICU last Summer. I also currently work as a CNA, an Acute Care RN Extender, and Nurse Extern at three different hospitals (I took up the last two positions in an effort to help with the COVID-19 surge).

I'm super nervous! Thank you in advance!

Hello, new grad nurse here as well! Did you go through your interview yet? How was it?

sonida, BSN, RN

Specializes in New Grad ICU RN.

21 hours ago, newnursenurse said:

Hello, new grad nurse here as well! Did you go through your interview yet? How was it?

Hi, yes I did! To be honest, it was quite different than what I was expecting - in a good way! They asked me more behavioral questions and a few questions about customer service, teamwork, etc. It kinda caught me off guard but I was super excited to answer because I have 3 years of experience working in food service and I also have experience as a CNA, RN Extender, and Student Nurse Extern to pull some answers from! The interviewer then briefly explained what the position duties entailed and a quick run-through of the ICU environment. At this hospital, I was also going to be cross-trained in the ED and Med/Surg/Tele (which is what I want!) The next day they called me to offer me a position in their ICU 🙂

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20 hours ago, sonida said:

Hi, yes I did! To be honest, it was quite different than what I was expecting - in a good way! They asked me more behavioral questions and a few questions about customer service, teamwork, etc. It kinda caught me off guard but I was super excited to answer because I have 3 years of experience working in food service and I also have experience as a CNA, RN Extender, and Student Nurse Extern to pull some answers from! The interviewer then briefly explained what the position duties entailed and a quick run-through of the ICU environment. At this hospital, I was also going to be cross-trained in the ED and Med/Surg/Tele (which is what I want!) The next day they called me to offer me a position in their ICU 🙂

Oh wow! That sounds so great! Genuinely so happy for you, congratulations!! I'm currently still applying for positions and haven't heard back yet.

I am applying for Graduate Nurse Neuro ICU position. My interview on 12/21 is with the manager and two assistant managers. What kind of questions should I prepare to answer during my interview? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! @sonida

rileyjw90

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On 12/11/2020 at 3:25 PM, GoldfarbNurse2021 said:

I am applying for Graduate Nurse Neuro ICU position. My interview on 12/21 is with the manager and two assistant managers. What kind of questions should I prepare to answer during my interview? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! @sonida

Digging this month old thread up to ask how your interview went. Interviewing in a couple weeks for an ICU nursing fellowship for new grads and also looking for tips!

1 minute ago, rileyjw90 said:

Digging this month old thread up to ask how your interview went. Interviewing in a couple weeks for an ICU nursing fellowship for new grads and also looking for tips!

@rileyjw90 awesome! Congrats on getting an interview - sometimes that's half the battle. I looked up a bunch of Youtube videos of people who shared the questions and answers during their ICU interview. I included the Youtube video that helped me the most in this post. Another thing that helped me was creating a Google doc and writing out my answers. A lot of interviews are being done over the phone right now, so it was kind of helpful if I felt off guard with a question I wasn't expecting. I got the job offer within an hour of interviewing, but I turned it down because I want to end up in the Operation Room in a pediatric hospital. I got a job offer that aligned more with my goal. Good luck! You totally got this 🙂