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09/13/10
Recent Graduate Job Search and Interview Story
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 3:16 pm

Although the best practices for finding jobs
should be used anytime, they make a mark
when done well in tough economic times.

Here is a nice story.  A recent grad, graduating
in the top half of her class, competed with all her
classmates for few positions all in the same
location.
  (In this case, LA.)  She did a series of
best
practices that has landed her several
screening
interviews and three on-site interviews.

PREPARATION
She upgraded her wardrobe to help her present
a mature, professional appearance and performed
some mock interviews– telephone and on site.

She had her resume reviewed by several career
consultants and the placement office at her school.
She aimed not for perfection but for better ways
of making her case.  She already had an
undergraduate
degree and sought a position in a
different field.


She had benchmarked her position for expected

salary and benefits with a national organization.


NEAR TERM STATUS
She has been screened in three, interviewed two
facilities and received one offer already.  One
more interview to go.
The offer from the first facility provides the
benchmark for the other two to compare to
for decision and negotiating.

WHAT SETS HER APART
1.  She shared what she learned about resumes,
career portfolio (or file), and interviewing with
her classmates.

2.  She networked with CONSEQUENTIAL
STRANGERS to introduce herself and let
them know she was looking.  She provided
her latest version of her resume (it has
changed since that version.) with a cover letter
to an indirect contact who only indicated that
the documents were passed on.

3.  She set up a visit to what she viewed as a
“reach” institution and spoke with human
resource personnel.  The manager was very
impressed that she had a professional file
and a neat professional appearance.  Within
a week, she was called back for an interview.

There were no ads, no online sites to find out
about the position.  The manager said the first
class impression sold her.  The manager also
said, ads bring in hundreds of resumes, job fairs
bring in dozens of resumes.  When you are
looking
for few positions, it is nice when a
“purple
squirrel” falls into your lap.

4.  In the first institution interview, she was
professionally outfitted and prepared.  (On time,
portfolio with extra resumes, folder with items
to review and take notes, etc.)  She was
interviewed by an upbeat, enthusiastic duo
who clearly knew the kind of person they
wanted to hire.  What separated this interviewee
was keeping answers short, telling stories
for each of many behavioral based questions,
and having on target questions to ask.
(See examples of questions in the comments.)

The following day they surprised her by
inviting her to the second phase of the
interview.  A third phase consisting of practical
test quizzes showing solid fundamentals was
to be filled out within a week.

She was called giving an exciting offer the
day after the online test was completed.
So, things happened in rapid sequence.

5.  For each of the interactions, she gathered
the names and contact information and sent
appropriate “thank you notes.”

In following comments, you can see some of
the behavioral based questions she was asked.

It is incumbent on each job seeker to narrow
the search and use all means to introduce
yourself as a person who belongs on the
staff.

2 Responses to “Recent Graduate Job Search and Interview Story”

  1. site admin Says:


    Questions for a recently graduated and certified
    nurse at a strong highly rated hospital for their
    new grad program. (Several multinational firms
    have similar starting roles.)

    1. Why do you want to work here?
    2. Given the choice, in which department specifically
    would you like to work?
    3. Would you like working 12 hours shifts? Non-daylight
    hour shifts?

    Then, she was posed a series of behavioral based
    questions which require describing stories with details,
    purpose and outcomes.

    4. Describe a specific situation where you were
    thanked. Provide the title, what did you do and how
    did you respond?
    5. …situation where you said something and wished
    you hadn’t. …title of person, and what did you do
    afterward?
    6. …conflict with another person. title of person, what
    was it about and how did you resolve it?
    7. Imagine coming to a situation like a hospital floor,
    in disarray. You have many things to do, how would
    you prioritize, what would you do, what would you
    delay, what would you not do, and how do you decide?
    8. …instance where you should have done something.
    What was it, what did you do, what happened
    afterward?
    9. …situation where someone was upset by you. they
    were out of control and the anger was directed at you.
    title of person, how did you react, and what was the
    outcome?
    10. …situation where someone needed extra attention.
    title of person, what did you do, what was the outcome?

    Then, there were scenarios where she was asked to
    diagnose what to do next.

    A challenging series of BEHAVIORAL BASED
    questions. Think about them when you are preparing to
    interview for a position. Create SARI stories– situation,
    action, result and implications.
  2. site admin Says:


    Second interview for a position in a clinic, not a
    long term treatment nor an acute care facility
    (emergency room).

    1. Tell me a little about yourself.
    2. What is your role in a clinic situation? in an acute
    care facility?
    3. What are the roles of the various team members.
    4. Describe some experiences in your past which
    help prepare you for this position.
    5. Personal strengths, weaknesses and what you are
    doing about it?
    6. How would you evaluate yourself in the following
    areas:
      Tidiness/Appearance
      Mentorship
      Specialty knowledge
      Critical thinking
      Interpersonal skills
      Time management
      Leadership
      Organizational skills

    Scenario questions then followed.

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