What to Expect as an Applicant

What can I expect during the hiring process?

Important Messages for Applicants:

  • Centura Health implemented a new online hiring system on May 12, 2014. 
    If you applied for a position before that date, you’ll need to upload your resume and create a new profile in the current system. Thank you for your understanding. 
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. 
    The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.  For more in this change please refer to our drug and tobacco-free workplace section

Application review

  • Centura Health recruiters carefully review every application received. After submitting your application, you will get a verification email confirming that we received your information. We evaluate each candidate’s educational background and work experience based on specific requirements for the position.
  • Candidates who qualify will be invited to participate in a preliminary phone screen interview by a recruiter.
  • If your qualifications do not meet position requirements, you will receive notification that you will not move forward in the hiring process for that specific opportunity. However, you may match and/or be considered for future opportunities. 
  • To receive email alerts about positions as they become available, please join our online talent community

Our new online application system is designed to keep you informed throughout the hiring process. If you are wondering about the status of a position, please log into your account (careers.centura.org) to view the jobs you have applied for and check application status. If the position has been filled or cancelled, you will see those status updates as well when reviewing the jobs you have applied to in your candidate profile account. Need to speak with someone? Call our recruiting office at 1-800-390-4166 

Phone interview

If selected for a phone interview, you will be contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager to discuss the position requirements, as well as your education and employment background. Following the phone interview, you may be selected for an in-person interview with the hiring manager.  

In-person interview

If selected for an in-person interview, you will meet with the hiring manager and learn more about the position. At Centura Health, we use behavioral-based interviewing techniques to understand how you handled/performed in past employment-related situations. Behavioral based interviews generally ask for you to provide examples about your experience with regards to goal-setting, creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, prioritizing, accomplishments, managing stress and other relevant subjects so it helps to think of examples prior to your interview. A variety of resources about interviewing and specifically behavioral interviews can be found online (keyword search: “behavioral interviews” or “ job interview tips”). 

Completing our nurse assessment questionnaire as part of your application

If you are an RN candidate, you will likely be asked to complete a 30-40 minute online assessment as part of the application process. Why do we do this? Assessment tools are used by many of today’s forward-thinking organizations to help identify the potential for a successful, longer-term employer/employee partnership. The science behind these questionnaires helps companies better understand the compatibility and alignment between applicants and organizations, as well as provide more information to be discussed during the interview. Once you complete the assessment, the results will be emailed to Centura Health and remain part of your applicant record (counting toward additional application submissions) over a six-month period. There is no “pass or fail grade” and you are welcome to retake the assessment after six months. 

Reference checks

You will need to provide five references when being considered for a position with Centura Health. We ask for five contacts to ensure we get at least three references that respond. Please prepare your reference list (ensuring accurate email addresses) in advance as our application for employment will include a section for you to offer reference contact information. These could include supervisors, professional co-workers, charity volunteer coordinators/participants, teachers/professors, coaches, team members and any others who can attest to your experience, skills and character. You’ll want to let your contacts know to expect an email from our reference checking vendor-partner requesting their input.

Post-offer/pre-employment process

If chosen for a job opportunity, Centura Health will extend a contingent employment offer to you. Details about your compensation and benefits will also be shared at this time. For general information about our compensation practices and benefits, please see the information available on our website, Compensation, Benefits and Tuition Reimbursement. Associates extended an offer of employment will be required to undergo a background check, pre-employment physical screening, and pre-employment drug and tobacco screen. The pre-employment physical determines if the candidate meets the physical requirements of the position. In most cases the physical will require bending, lifting, stretching, etc. If the candidate cannot meet physical requirements, accommodations may be made in certain situations if the position permits. Background information must be submitted online (using an email link sent by your recruiter) and access to a computer is required to begin the background check process. We suggest waiting for your background results to clear before taking steps to terminate your position with a current employer.

Centura Health is a tobacco-free, drug-free workplace

To deliver optimal health care value, it is important that we first serve as a role model by internally promoting the benefits of health and wellness and the need to reduce health care costs. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. In the state of New Mexico, the law prohibits Centura Health from implementing this type of policy. Other states that prohibit denial of employment to tobacco users include NY, ND, NJ, OK, WI, and KY.  The change to this policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health already prohibits tobacco use and is smoke-free at all of its facilities.

For more on why we've expanded our smoke-free workplace policy to include post-offer/ pre-employment testing for non-tobacco use beginning Jan. 1, 2015 - we invite you to view this short video: 

Centura Health Non-Tobacco Hiring Policy

Centura Health associates must also abide by applicable drug-related laws and perform their responsibilities unencumbered by the improper possession, distribution, or use of drugs, narcotics, controlled substances or alcohol. This includes the use of marijuana (per the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 which states “nothing in this section is intended to require an employer to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale or growing of marijuana in the workplace or to affect the ability of employers to have policies restricting the use of marijuana by employees.”) It is our policy and practice that all new associates undergo a post-offer/pre-employment drug and tobacco screen urinalysis.