Please be prepared for your interview... - page 4

by Larry77 22,388 Views | 72 Comments

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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    Food fight! Food fight! Seriously tho', I love allnurses.com and these spirited debates. Lots of good issues brought up and hashed out here. I'm staying out of this one, but learning lots about interviews and the spoken and unspoken attitudes we bring to them.
    AnGG, Overwhelmed1026, anotherone, and 1 other like this.
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    @edmia You are correct Larry did not say those things the persons mentioned above did and yes it a deplorable attitude in a manager or even a human being sounds like stuff you see posted on Yahoo news comments or the other news websites when people think they can say anything because they are behind a computer. If a heavy person or a smoker can pass a physical why not hire them and really you are not supposed to ask about someone's children in an interview and everyone who has children has to take them to the doctor occasionally its called being a human being and having a life outside what your employer has any right to talk about. I was really suprised to see a fellow healthcare peer say stuff like that. Rather heartless and I wouldnt be a good hiring manager I look at people as people not liabilities or assets but I dont do the business side of healthcare nor would I it would suck the soul out of me.
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    Quote from Psychtrish39
    I dont do the business side of healthcare nor would I it would suck the soul out of me.

    Well, it's a good thing somebody pays attention to the "business side of healthcare," because if no one did, there would be no place to take those nifty interview skills. A little love for them, please; theirs is not an easy job either.
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    I am in the middle of selecting summer externs ... and can say many of the same things about some of our applicants. Some are wonderfully prepared, but others are clearly not. I have received resumes and cover letters that say that want to work at a different hospital ... or work in a different specialty than we have at our hospital ...you name it. Some of the students are barely articulate when I talk to them over the phone. Some seem to have no ability for reflection and self-assessment. Some seem totally incapable of seeing employment from the employer's point of view. They really do seem to think it is "all about them and what they want." I could go on and on.

    I feel sorry for them, being so clueless in the face of such a competitive job market. But no, I don't hire them.
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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.
    Actually, that was another poster, not the OP.
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    And I'm surprised by the vitriol in the replies here. Larry has shared some good insight in to what interviewers look for and what stands out positively in an interview. Interviews make me nervous but I've learned how to approach them and do fairly well at them by paying attention to the perspective of the interviewer. Are there questions I hate to get asked? Yep. Does knowing what the interviewer is REALLY getting at with the question help me answer these questions well despite not liking the question? You bet.

    But hey, continue to resent the interview process and refuse to play along, by all means. It helps me stand out as a more competitive candidate when I go in prepared with my key points and situations and safe-but-real weaknesses.
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    I apologize Larry. I was mistaken. Please accept my apology. It was another poster.
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    Larry,
    Your article was an excellent tip sheet for interview preparation. Especially, being prepared to give examples of your performance. Very helpful.
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    Quote from llg
    I am in the middle of selecting summer externs ... and can say many of the same things about some of our applicants. Some are wonderfully prepared, but others are clearly not ... Some of the students are barely articulate when I talk to them over the phone. Some seem to have no ability for reflection and self-assessment. Some seem totally incapable of seeing employment from the employer's point of view. They really do seem to think it is "all about them and what they want." I could go on and on.
    I have always wondered about the schools that accepted these types of people. How can they expect them to learn properly and give quality care when they could not even do that in high schools!
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    I sell myself short all the time during interviews!!!! Always, always, always!I look up the hospital, learn their mission and values and I wrote down frequently asked questions! I also write down my answers, repeat, repeat, repeat! I get so nervous, my anxiety escalates and this is how I sell myself short!

    I am always honest, naive at times and I use simple language when I speak, no fancy vocabulary!

    Why are you interested in this position? My honest answer would be, I am a new graduate, although I have enjoyed all clinical rotations, I am still a newbie, it is difficult for me to know my place in nursing at this time, I have not had enough experience on a floor to really know if my heart is in OB, PEDS,ICU, ONCOLOGY etc. As a new grad , all I want is a JOB so I can apply the theories and skills I have learned in school. I just want to be a NURSE, I want to take care of patients, work as a team and in a good environment and this is what makes me happy!


    From my experience the honest person never wins anything, always loses!!!!!

    One of my friends always wanted to do OB, and could not stand taking care of adults- med surg
    It is very difficult to get a job in OB as a new grad, so she applied for med surg position!

    She was asked, why are you interested in working in med surg? Her answer: throughout nursing school, I always enjoyed med surg , I want to take care of adults, I want to be able to communicate with them. Med surg will help develop my skills by taking care of variety of pts with complicated history! I always knew I belonged in med surg!!!

    Everything was fake- guess who got the job! This girl!

    I believe the best way to know someone is to give them a chance, take a risk and get to know them while in orientation! Not everyone is a good speaker, or good at answering interview questions! It is very possible for someone to be a great nurse but not very good at answering interview questions!

    Honesty has failed every single time!
    Creative liars always win!
    Sad truth ((((
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