New Grad Two Job Offers – CA Edition 2016

  1. Hello allnurses,

    I wrote how to pass the CALIFORNIA NCLEX-RN in 60 Questions, and I figure I should write one on what I did to get two job offers and a third interview next week.

    If you've ever read my Pass CALIFORNIA NCLEX-RN in 60 Questions thread, then you can expect similar level of originality in this thread, also.

    After the initial customary greetings:

    1) Do not speak until spoken to.
    This include: do not volunteer any information when not specifically asked, and do not voluteer any thing that hurts you unless you're cornered.
    When cornered, spin a negativity into a positivity, e.g. “That's true, and here is what I learned from it and this is why X can be an asset to this new position.”

    2) Whenever appropriate, always interject your sale pitch (some variations of “Hearing X makes me even more excited to work here”).

    3) Talk to everyone in the room.
    Both interviews I had a 3-panel setup: one hiring manager and two clinical coordinators. For the person who asked the question, that person gets 50% of my attention, the other 50% split.

    4) Be a boss; take ownership.
    Get a good sense of when the interview is in the middle portion, this is when you want to start weaving questions into your answers.

    My first interview, it was like a school kid answering his teacher. I did not get a call back.

    My second and third interviews, it was like a high school student in the first half; in the second half it was like an adult speaking to another adult. I got both offers.

    My upcoming fourth interview will be like my 2nd/3rd's.

    General Theme: Why should I hire you? Work within this context when interviewing.
    General Attitude: Competence – Boast you can hold my own, yes, even as a new grad: something as simple as perfect attendance at school and at current job.

    (Planning to submit my negotiation experience for the Winter Contest).
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  3. by   Lev <3
    It's not possible to pass the NCLEX RN in 60 questions because at a minimum the test has 75 questions.
  4. by   2mint
    Quote from Lev <3
    It's not possible....
    A train wreck seen a million (?) miles away....

    ....It'd be nice if comments are more on topic, such as sharing successful interview sessions vs unsuccessful interview sessions, etc.
    Last edit by 2mint on Feb 14, '16 : Reason: Be more on topic