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Va Hiring Process 2019

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futurecrnasla has 1 years experience as a RN and specializes in MICU.

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I applied for the ED on 1/2/19 the job announcement closed on 1/9/19. My application was referred on 1/10/19. I was emailed about interview on 1/14/19. My interview was on 1/21/19 where I was interviewed by 5 people and had 25 minutes due to a lot of interviews they had to get through. They asked about 6 questions and gave a 10 question quiz that was not used against me. I was emailed on 1/26/19 that they would like move further in my interview process and have 3-4 of my references to email them. My references have emailed them and I have not heard anything back. For people who have been through this process is it likely I have the job since they asked for my references? What is the next step? 

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it's a waiting game

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Have you heard anything? I am in a similar situation..applied for a position in Feb, was referred a few days later. 3 weeks later had a call for an interview & ended up interviewing the next day via telephone with a panel of people on speaker phone who asked questions that really didn't seem to have much to do w/the position. I didn't think I did well for a variety of reasons however a week later I received an email asking for references. I too have not heard anything else. I have checked usajobs.gov for a status update but it's still the same from back in Feb. I also, a week after submitting references, tried to reach the person who asked for them as well as obtain an update from HR. No one has responded. It's been 2 going on 3 weeks now. I know one of the references has not been contacted so I am assuming the hiring manager changed her mind or I am not the primary contender for the position. Hopefully your situation will be more positive.

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futurecrnasla has 1 years experience as a RN and specializes in MICU.

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Hey I did hear back and I did not get the job. I hope your outcome is different. 

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I currently work for the VA. It's a long process. Send in your references and wait. That's how it works, but it's worth it.

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AutumnLeaves has 35 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in acute care.

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It usually takes several months. It took 5 months for my transfer without the same hospital to go through all the VA paperwork. The best thing you can do is make sure that your references return their paperwork asap.It will still take months but that part often slows them down even more.

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Wolf at the Door has 7 years experience.

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the hiring process is long for the VA. After I accepted an offer I didn't start until 4 months later. Govt jobs lots of red tape. 

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verene specializes in mental health, hospice.

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Hiring process is long and slow, as student intern it took me about 5 months to onboard (for a 10month/1 academic year placement!)  For a friend hired into a permanent position it took 9 months from when she applied to new hire orientation!

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For me the process remains not only slow but confusing..I have been asked by 3 different people for information I have submitted several times before only to be told by a 4th person that the selection was already made (meaning not me) but this was during the time I was being told by others I was still being  considered and asked for information. Literally getting both of these calls a few hours apart!  What I am assuming is their first choice is either unsure about accepting the offer or there is some other concern the first choice will fall through and they are unable to locate the information I have already submitted at least once. I don't understand why the process can't be at least somewhat straight forward. The lack of response is a problem but then when there is contact it's confusing or contradictory and makes the stress of waiting worse. I am continuing to apply other places, interview other places and if it works out and I am still interested, great, if not, that's ok too. I would suggest to anyone applying not to place too much into the fact they ask for information - references included - and keep applying other places. Like most on here who have posted about the process, it's long and involved and no guarantee. ALL of those who asked me for references confirm that they check or will check for anyone they are considering - not just the person who is the first choice - including a current supervisor - so keep that in mind as for some that only can be a problem.

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Now you see why veterans get so upset and discouraged.  It’s the same for them when they try to seek care through the VA.  The lack of communication is frightening, paperwork continuous gets lost, one person doesn’t know what the person standing next to them is doing, etc.  I’m sure some facilities are better than others, but this sounds eerily similar to the aggravation we went through getting my ex-husband the care he needed. :/

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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It depends. From start to finish it took me 2-3 months to get in. It really depends on the HR department. Every VA is different. Some are better than others. 

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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On 4/13/2019 at 8:17 PM, Brooke2009 said:

Now you see why veterans get so upset and discouraged.  It’s the same for them when they try to seek care through the VA.  The lack of communication is frightening, paperwork continuous gets lost, one person doesn’t know what the person standing next to them is doing, etc.  I’m sure some facilities are better than others, but this sounds eerily similar to the aggravation we went through getting my ex-husband the care he needed. 😕

This also depends on the VA. The VA I work at is one of the better ones in the system and we are pretty good about getting people scheduled. I know when I go to schedule an appointment I usually can see them in an amount of time comparable to or sometimes better than private sector.

You did hit the nail square on the head though about communication. No one talks to each other! As a vet and a RN there it is so frustrating. Upper management does you no favors either. 

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