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OHSU Ashland & RCC Fall 2014 Applicants

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I had no idea they ask about volunteer stuff! I don't think you sound selfish at all. :) I think it sounds like you know how to prioritize your life and what's important. That is a great skill to have. There's no way I could volunteer right now. If I hadn't earlier in life, I would be in the same boat.

Thank you, that makes me feel better. Didn't you get the email questions they wanted us to complete prior? One was about leadership and the other was volunteer stuff.

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I have a lot of volunteer experience in the past, but do you really think they'll consider it if it wasn't within the past few years? I'm a single mom of two, and I worked full-time until I started school full-time...there just aren't enough hours in the day!! I do fine in interviews, but I get ridiculously nervous right up until I sit down in the room. This whole timing thing baffles me, though. Why were we all given the same time? It seems highly unlikely that they would do massive group interviews (I'm sure many more have the same date/time as we do). I envisioned a panel of interviewers speaking with one applicant at a time, but if that's the case, why wouldn't they schedule us 20-30 minutes apart?? I wish we knew how many applicants they were interviewing. I'm also wondering how they divided us up between the 5th and the 19th... Alphabetically? Likelihood? If you can't tell already, I'm an over-thinker! ;)

Haha I'm sorry but you sounds exactly like me. I'm a big time over analyzer. I have thought those same questions over and over. I wish we knew the process ahead of time too. Just too much of a coincidence that the only 2 people I knew of had the exact same time of interview. Makes me wonder. Yeah I'm hoping they don't dock points for not volunteering recently since we're busy. I know the program will be busy too, but I will continue working full time until I can't anymore.

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I've accepted a spot somewhere else so that should free up an ABSN position at OHSU!

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So what my husband said he thinks, and of course what I would love, is that they probably brought the highest likely people in first to weed out and see how many spots, then they'll go back and add people for 2 weeks later to interview more. Wouldn't that be nice? Haha. If it's alphabetical, my name is Summer Chaplin. How close are you guys? I also waited until pretty much the last week to finish my application. I just got burnt out and that nursingCAS process was exhausting. When did you guys finish?

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I haven't gotten the questions yet. I thought it was getting mailed, along with the parking placard? Maybe I need to check my junk email.

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She emailed it along with my parking placard. Did you RSVP for the interview? Maybe they sent it right after RSVP.

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I sort of think they conferred with RCC to see who they were moving on, because their last interview date is too close to RCC's written date. So, they spread us out to the 5th, so that the 18th we can do the written for RCC. Does that sound too conspiracy theory? Haha!

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I did RSVP... Hmmmm. Maybe my survey monkey didn't go through. I'll call on Monday.

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My last name is Huston. I think I finished my OHSU application in January, but started the process in October.

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Haha that theory is possible too. Although you think we'll know for sure before RCCs written? I sort of think we'll be doing both the interview and the essay for rcc before we hear anything for sure. Since they probably won't make a decision before the 2nd interview date. Unless they did put the highest points first :). Did your first email mention the questions being emailed?

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tyvin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice / Psych / RNAC.

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To tell you the truth, I don't know about the same outfit thing. I would research it online and take advice from the others. Something suit type, navy blue (grays are nice), skirt or pants suit type; professional. Bright colors are not professional for this type of meeting in my opinion. You don't want to be remembered as the person with the pink stripes with matching nail polish. A splash of color is refreshing, like a scarf/tie/camisole under blazer, red is a energy/confidence color, blue is trust/loyalty, etc...(psychologically speaking). The fashion should be Conservative. Heels should not be too high. Earrings should be studs, nothing dangling too much. They will note everything.

You should be able to remember all the interviewers names and titles so that you may send them a thank you card post interview. I would take pen and paper (perhaps a nice pen and note set or legal pad) to note all these things and anything else that comes up. It's also a good idea to write down any questions that you may have beforehand. It's acceptable to take notes during an interview but be discreet about it. Don't be rude and be jotting everything down when someone is talking. If they say something of note look like "Oh, yes" and jot (you know what I mean). Good luck to all and here's some tips:

Group Interview Tips - How to Do Well & Stand Out

What stands out to me is the body language suggestions, eye contact and the mini introduction preparedness tip. You know they will have you all introduce yourselves in the beginning...be ready. This interview is to weed out the overbearing and the too shy. I cannot stress body language enough. They are looking for quality leaders.

I think it's great you have found each other. That's what happened to me, I met 2 other girls who became friends who were applying to OHSU and we did everything together; we all got in together as well. Now that you have met each other here on AN be friends and support each other. Age means nothing during school. My class had a mean age of 34, with the oldest at 56, and the youngest at 18.

I'll be there in spirit with all of you.

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I sure hope they consider our past volunteer efforts! I put a lot of my heart and soul into that and was able to spearhead some really cool programs for Oregon. After having three children, owning my own business that I built from the ground up and being the head coach of a high school program; there is no way I have time to volunteer right now. My husband also teaches and coaches, so life is really full. I'm just glad I don't have full-time school right now too! I'll be quitting my jobs if I get into nursing school and will strictly be going to school.

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