Please be prepared for your interview... - page 3

by Larry77

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We have been doing interviews for a new hospital that's opening so we are looking for 50 ED people. After the first day I was really surprised at the amount of people who were not prepared for their interview. We had some well... Read More


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    Quote from mmc51264
    You brought it up and if this is an example you use, it is something you think about. There are a lot of nurses, great nurses, great BECAUSE the have a special needs child and you want to blow them off as "high maintenance"??? That's why intermittent FMLA is in place. It's a good thing we don't know where this new hospital is. I would tell people to RUN. I bet Workers Comp is a four letter word to you, too. And getting pregnant. They would have those little brats to take care of.
    Excuse me but I most certainly DID NOT bring this topic up. Please reread my posts, I will not respond to your off base comments...thanks

    Sassy--if you came in with letters like that and were upfront that you have a difficult time in interviews the panel I am interviewing with would take that into consideration. Most places have gone away from technical questioning (should know the job with your qualifications) and have gone more towards "behavior based" questioning. We are looking for you to tell us a "time when" not really thinking up hypothetical situations. We are trying to get a sense of what type of person you are by your past behavior.
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    Quote from yoganurse2
    Amen! I don't want someone telling me what to do who obviously doesn't believe it enough to do it him/herself. Medical conditions are one thing - double whoppers and milkshakes are another.
    really? i do not care one bit if my ent dr smokes or eats tons of fast food . he isntmy role model . a dr tells you what to do , meds to take, surgery , to reach ideal health (nurses help carry it out) not be the epitome of it. lol
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    i have usually done pretty well in behavioral interviews by acting and using a bogus personality.... lol many people have. i research the hospital thoroughly and tell them what they like , with a smile!!!! a time when.... a time when here comes a feel good made up story
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    Good post Larry, but how about unprepared interviewers? People who ask silly and contrived questions like "what are your weaknesses?" without having a clue about what is the relevance if any of such questions and and as a consequence have no idea how to judge the candidates's answers. You mentioned that half of candidates are unprepared for the interview; I will say 50% of interviewers also come unprepared to the interview. They do not understand the rationale for questions they ask and either ask questions that they were asked when they were getting hired or that they googled the night before "questions to ask candidates". These canned, contrived questions deserved canned, contrived answers. Don't expect candidates to prepare for interviews when the hiring panel is a bunch of clueless HR amateurs repeating scripted questions they have no idea why they are asking it.
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    Quote from trueblue2000
    Good post Larry, but how about unprepared interviewers? People who ask silly and contrived questions like "what are your weaknesses?" without having a clue about what is the relevance if any of such questions and and as a consequence have no idea how to judge the candidates's answers. You mentioned that half of candidates are unprepared for the interview; I will say 50% of interviewers also come unprepared to the interview. They do not understand the rationale for questions they ask and either ask questions that they were asked when they were getting hired or that they googled the night before "questions to ask candidates". These canned, contrived questions deserved canned, contrived answers. Don't expect candidates to prepare for interviews when the hiring panel is a bunch of clueless HR amateurs repeating scripted questions they have no idea why they are asking it.
    And what are you trying to gain with such questions? My weakness is Doritos loco tacos, but my bmi is 20 *snickers*
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    Quote from anotherone
    i have usually done pretty well in behavioral interviews by acting and using a bogus personality.... lol many people have. i research the hospital thoroughly and tell them what they like , with a smile!!!! a time when.... a time when here comes a feel good made up story
    Not sure what you're looking to gain with "bogus" acting ... if selected on the basis of an inaccurate presentation of yourself, you're only asking to be in an environment which is potentially a very poor fit for you.
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    Quote from mmc51264
    You brought it up and if this is an example you use, it is something you think about. There are a lot of nurses, great nurses, great BECAUSE the have a special needs child and you want to blow them off as "high maintenance"??? That's why intermittent FMLA is in place. It's a good thing we don't know where this new hospital is. I would tell people to RUN. I bet Workers Comp is a four letter word to you, too. And getting pregnant. They would have those little brats to take care of.
    I've been following this thread with interest because Larry brought up many good points. I'm only chiming in to correct the above -- Larry did not mention these discriminatory issues at all. That line of thought was brought up by blondesareeasy and mclennan who both talked about not hiring fat smokers or "high maintenance" people with disabled children. Deplorable attitude in a manager.
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    Quote from Altra
    Not sure what you're looking to gain with "bogus" acting ... if selected on the basis of an inaccurate presentation of yourself, you're only asking to be in an environment which is potentially a very poor fit for you.
    it is 36 hrs a week . i can fit in in most places and adapt well enough: especially to do my job. what are these fits?
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    Quote from Larry77
    Did you see that this is a "new hospital"?...I would hope that we would not plan on "understaffing", would be terrible foresight IMO.
    Oh, please. Hospitals that have been in existance for AGES still understaff! And yes, I absolutely do speak from experience. I agree that the (lack of) foresight is nothing short of deplorable, but it's very common, especially in this economic environment. To blow off such a question as the mistake of a "new" facility is laughable.
    Last edit by SoldierNurse22 on Feb 20, '13
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    Personally as a nurse I have had many interviews with those structured type questions. I have had my mind go blank at times but I recovered however in my heart I dont think answering hypothetical questions prove whether you are a good nurse and skilled or not. I think they are a cop out instead of the interviewers asking why do you want this job and what can you offer us as an employee and thats another thing you are never told as the interviewee that you are being interviewed by mulitiple people until you get to the interview and then that is dropped on you some people don't do well in groups of interviewers that way.
    I think a good interview to a hiring manager is when a person can answer their questions how they want to hear them. I have been asked in interviews because I have a BSN why I went on to obtain it when the person interviewing me has an ADN needless to say I answered to keep myself competitive in the field and guess what every job where the hiring manager or DNS asked that particular question I never got the position. Just my 2 cents on this topic.
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