Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Status Pending.

Hm. Well. Today was my last scheduled interview (to date). At this point, I feel pretty confident, or at least comfortable with phone interviews. So what if I have all my books and notes and applications and other "cheat sheets" surrounding me throughout the interview, right? Haha.

I'd say today's 10 a.m. (CST) interview with Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children in Falls Church, VA, went pretty well. The ladies were nice, and I feel like I did well with their questions. Unfortunately, this was really just a preliminary interview, as the hospital has a policy about requiring on-site interviews for internships. However, I did inform the committee that I will not be available for an on-site interview, since I'll be leaving for camp in Arkansas in just over a week. They said they may consider doing a more extensive phone interview if necessary, but I guess it really just depends on if I impressed them enough the first time around. Also, the hospital seems to be flexible about dates based on students' schedules, so yay. Check, check.

  • Tell us about your interest in Child Life.
  • Talk about your experiences at camp/in the hospital; give ages of children and your responsibilities.
  • In your hospital experiences, did you get to speak with a specialist about preparing children, or about any medical conditions?
  • How would you establish rapport (a relationship) with a 2-year-old versus a 13-year-old?
  • In describing what Child Life Specialists do, how would you explain your role to parents of a 2-year-old, versus parents of a 13-year-old?
  • What are your goals for an internship?
  • How do you handle stress?
While waiting and preparing for my interview, I received a phone call from someone at Nationwide Children's Hospital which is in Columbus, Ohio. The CLS there was calling to offer me an on-site interview, if I was still interested. Now, I should note here that Columbus is in my top few choices of internship sites, and receiving an interview offer is really exciting. However, on-site? This presents a problem.
I don't really have time for an on-site interview. Benjamin will be here until Tuesday (5-27) of next week, and then I will be leaving on Saturday (5-31) for Arkansas. In between this time, I need to be at home Wednesday through Friday to pack and do other things in preparation for leaving for a month. Of course, I could fly up to Ohio with Benjamin when he leaves, stay for literally one day, and come home to get ready for camp. ...But spend $300 for one day? I mean really, that's almost not worth it. Or, I could wait, and fly up to Ohio from Arkansas one weekend; again, a very short trip, with an equally expensive dent in my bank account.
Gah. What to dooooooooo?
I'll keep ya updated...
Interview Schedule, to date:
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital (5-13) - Done.
  • St. Luke's Children's Hospital (5-15) - Done.
  • Driscoll Children's Hospital (5-15) - Done.
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children (5-20) - Done.
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH - Pending.

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