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Old 05-23-08, 08:22 AM   #1
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Group Job Interview, What Does it Mean????

I have a job interview with the local hospital for a RN position when I graduate next year. There will be a 14K signing bonus. The strange thing that I don't understand is that they said they are interviewing all the candidates at the same time in the same room. There are 7 RN positions open and the signing bonus will be given to 7 fourth year students.

The signing bonus is about half of what I am looking for, but what I am wondering about is what to expect in an interview situation like the one explained above. One of my fellow student nurses said she thinks it means that they are going to hire all of us at the same time because that is the only reason they would bring us in at the same time.

If I take the job it will be part time and self scheduling, so I can get a job up north as a travel nurse as well. The bonus part about that is, that traveling up north in my spare time earns about 3K a week gross, and my wife will not have to leave her family.

I can also work at the hospital part time this summer but not as an RN. The pay is only 13$/hour, where I am now is closer to 20/hour. The only problem is that at the nursing home I do mainly call ins, and have only been scheduled for 11 shifts all summer. This allows me time to do a lot of hiking and practicing skills, but at the same time the debts keep getting bigger.

So I wonder if anybody could give me another perspective on my situation because upon reflection I am having trouble deciding what all this means.

Thank you.
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Old 05-23-08, 08:24 AM   #2
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I have a job interview with the local hospital for a RN position when I graduate next year. There will be a 14K signing bonus. The strange thing that I don't understand is that they said they are interviewing all the candidates at the same time in the same room. There are 7 RN positions open and the signing bonus will be given to 7 fourth year students.

The signing bonus is about half of what I am looking for, but what I am wondering about is what to expect in an interview situation like the one explained above. One of my fellow student nurses said she thinks it means that they are going to hire all of us at the same time because that is the only reason they would bring us in at the same time.

If I take the job it will be part time and self scheduling, so I can get a job up north as a travel nurse as well. The bonus part about that is, that traveling up north in my spare time earns about 3K a week gross, and my wife will not have to leave her family.

I can also work at the hospital part time this summer but not as an RN. The pay is only 13$/hour, where I am now is closer to 20/hour. The only problem is that at the nursing home I do mainly call ins, and have only been scheduled for 11 shifts all summer. This allows me time to do a lot of hiking and practicing skills, but at the same time the debts keep getting bigger.

So I wonder if anybody could give me another perspective on my situation because upon reflection I am having trouble deciding what all this means.

Thank you.

Well, if you have to take a test while sitting in egg shaped chairs, look for a heavy table you can drag over to your chair for writing. The rest will try to write on the sides of the chairs and on their legs and stuff. Also, for the shooting portion of the interview, shoot the little girl, the rest are harmless. And if they hold a pen up and tell you to look closely, put on some dark sun glasses.
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Old 05-23-08, 08:27 AM   #3
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I bet the "one room" is the ER! Trial under fire as it were.
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Old 05-23-08, 11:07 AM   #4
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"what I am wondering about is what to expect in an interview situation like the one explained above. One of my fellow student nurses said she thinks it means that they are going to hire all of us at the same time because that is the only reason they would bring us in at the same time."

hiring panel sounds lazy (hiring managers usually call this "being too busy" to take the time to do it right) and/or inexperienced. i've never been a fan of these types of interviews unless they recreate the typical "demands" of the job.


be polite. be assertive. odds are, some candidates will take themselves out of consideration by being too aggressive or too passive.




disclaimer: i don't have experience in that side of the healthcare industry so i can't comment on whether this is typcial or not.

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I've been through something similar before where there are numerous entry level positions being offered at the same time. Number one thing I can tell you is that they will be looking hard at how you work in a team so expect some team work exercises to be set. Don't be over assertive. They may split the group up and do short one on one interviews as part of the process as well.

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