Tuesday, November 13, 2012

First job interview and offer

I had my first job interview on Friday afternoon. It was with a Skilled Nursing Facility in Norfolk, VA.
To say I was nervous would be an understatement but it went so well! The HR manager and the Rehab Director were so friendly and welcoming which made all the difference! They asked me questions for about 30 minutes and then I got a tour of the facility.
Here are the questions I got asked...that I can remember
1. In terms of clinical skills, what would you consider to be your strength and your weakness?
2. Tell me about a time when you were working with a group and things did not go well.
3. Tell me about a time you had to explain something complicated and how did it go?
4. Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself and did you achieve it, why/why not?
5. How do you determine if a patient is ready to be discharged?
6.  Describe a time you were working with a pt and their family members had unrealistic expectations. How did you deal with this?
7.  Describe a time when you had to deal with an emotion patient or family member.
8. Tell me about a time when you were proud of yourself
9. How do others in the workplace see you as a role model?

I got asked a few others but I cannot remember them! I left feeling great about the interview but had concerns about being the only OTR at the facility, with 2 COTA's to supervise. When I left, the HR person said I would hear back by Tuesday.

Fast forward to Monday and I got an email from the HR manager asking me to call her. I tried calling when I got off work but she was already gone for the day. This morning she called and left me a voicemail asking me to call her back so we could discuss a few things....
I called her this afternoon after I got off from work and she said they would love to have me join their team!!!! :) BUT since I would be the only OTR there, I would have to work as a Rehab Tech until I pass the NBCOT...which I'm not too thrilled about...but I don't plan on waiting too long to take the exam so I wouldn't have to be a Rehab Tech for more than a month or so.  I am very happy with the salary they offered once I pass the exam though...

I have another job interview this thursday that I am really excited about. I have had the best feeling about it after speaking with them. There is another OT there so I would be able to work while I study for the NBCOT.
I can't wait to get another interview under my belt and hopefully get another offer so that I can compare and weigh the options.

I also am hoping to set up a couple more interviews with Sentara- a large hospital system here, Genesis and RehabCare. We'll see!

Send positive thoughts my way-- and prayers appreciated as I make these decisions!!