~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN 5,259 Posts Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience. Jun 13, 2011 I took my boards early so I had my lic 2.5 weeks before my classmates and before the other schools, that phased out a lot of that competition. Of course there were still new grads from previous semesters that hadn't found work or were working in non acute care units. Also the positions I applied for were open to experience or new grads. So as soon as I got my lic I applied to everything, I got set up for 2 interviews (in a hospital) within a week of graduating and getting my lic. One was a contact I through a line out too who I knew wouldn't remember me but I saw an opportunity and took it. There was an open position on that floor. The other was the HR lady that puts apps through. She did a phone interview and we really hit it off. Well the other lady already had my file pulled and so she had "dibs" on me so to speak. She set up an in person interview and the HR lady told me if it didn't pan out for whatever reason, she would get me more interviews in the hospital. After my phone interview I asked her if she had any advice for me, she said the biggest thing that shined through was my enthusiasm and passion and to just carry that over in my in person interviews. That I gave her chills by how enthusiastic I was. Also I knew the companies mission statement and found a way to pull that into my phone interview. So when I had my in person interview with the first lady I tried to bring that. I also got interviewing tips and I dressed very professionally, (saw a person go in after me and they had on khakis and a button up shirt, was disheveled and had a large manila envelope for her papers) I was in a skirt suit, black boots, light make up, hair nicely done and had a slim black portfolio. I looked SHARP. First impressions are huge. No cleavage and skirts need to go to your knees. Also need a good firm handshake. You can read up on lots of good interviewing tips, the ones I got before hand were great and I hadn't ever thought about some of them. There was another person in on the interview I wasn't expecting. I had a thank you card ready to mail as soon as I left for the one person. I got their cards and I mailed the other one as soon as I got home. I also mailed a thank you card to the HR lady that did my phone interview. She said she rarely ever gets thanks and she was tickled to be recognized as well. Makes no sense to me why someone wouldn't. She is the one that gets your resumes past the online application part and into the hands of the people that have the say in hiring you. Make a connection with the HR person and they will keep trying for you! She also was the one that called me to give me my job offer. I got the first job I interviewed for. I interviewed and had a job offer before anyone in my class even took their boards. I think the biggest thing in my favor was taking those boards right away before everyone else. I had to drive 3.5 hrs to take them in a different state and I only had 1.5 days to prepare, but it was all worth it in the end.Oh also, when the HR lady first called me for my phone interview she asked if there was any specific units or shifts I couldn't work. I told her I would work any position or shift, that as a new graduate I had no room to be picky. She commented how many new grads are picky and how it makes her put their apps in the dump pile. She said it spoke volumes that I would take anything as long as I was getting experience. So take what you can and after you have your experience you can afford to be more picky.