I have attended two RN job fairs at two different hospitals in the last month. The first one, it was a frenzy with several attendees. It was a large conference room with tables set up with hiring managers, charge nurse, and/or unit directors from several department. We had to line up and wait for the person in front of
you to be done, then it was your turn. Interviews were really quick (and I mean no more than 5mins each) and I didnt feel like I had enough time to let them know about me, my qualifications, etc. The charge nurse interviewing me even apologized for it feeling rushed. I interview for med/surg and tele. Both asked "tell me about yourself" Med/surg also asked to describe the nursing process and that was it. With Tele, the nurse asked a few
more questions. I felt a little more at ease. I have not received a call from them.
The most recent RN job fair was a bit more organized. The flyer specifically stated to be prepared for interviews, on the spot offers, and copies of resumes. At check-in I was asked what dept(s) I was interested in, and my name
was placed on a list in said dept. I then went to a fairly small room. At first, they were calling out on anyone interested in "X unit and have experience/no-experience" Later, they started calling people by names and were directed to an adjacent room to be interviewed. I enjoyed this format much better because it didn't feel rushed and I didn't have a line behind me waiting for their turn. I am actually being considered for a med/surg position but, per hospital policy, I have to wait 7 days from the job posting in case an internal candidate is interested. But there were quiet a few people who received offers and left the job fair employed.