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Finally – Job Hunting

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I got a call back for an interview. Med Surg position at the local VA hospital. Not what I was looking for, but in this job climate, being picky is not an option.

A week after submitting my application, I got a call to schedule an interview. It was also suggested that I review some material, since it would be a panel interview using a specific interviewing style.

For those of you who are applying to VA hopsitals, here’s some things you should know:

  1. The person calling to schedule your interview may tell you to go to the VA website for info on how to prepare for the interview. Listen to them. Somewhere in there is a link to sample questions.
  2. Those sample questions? Know them inside out, complete with actual examples. None of the theoretical, “well if I were ever in that position I would…” They want “here’s an example of a time I did blah blah blah…”
  3. I don’t know if it’s true for all VA interviews, but I was given six questions and they let me look them over before the interview began. Good idea, because it gives you a plan of attack on how to answer them. I found a few questions where I could combined my answer with the next question.
  4. Eye contact.
  5. Smile, smile, smile.

According to my SO, the panel thought I had done a very good job in the interview and it was starting to look like I would be offered the position. But then two weeks flew by and still no word about the job. Finally, just as the holidays began, I got a letter from the VA.

A thin envelope.

I’ve been there before.

While you were interviewed for the position, we regret to inform you that you were not selected. Chin up… you’ll find a job somewhere!

Okay, maybe that last sentence was not worded exactly like that.

Turns out a few med-surg nurses from another hospital applied. And experience wins. So I moped for a bit, and when that was done, I went and applied to other hospitals. I ended up with a few more interviews. How did those pan out? Not sure… I should hear back after New Years.


Written by stereotypicalone

December 29, 2010 at 03:27

Posted in nursing

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