Please be prepared for your interview... - page 5

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 healthstar
    all I want is a JOB
    Yeah, I don't think that works at Burger King even. Yes, you just want a job, but try to personalize it to the job you are interviewing for- why do you want THAT job? (Because this job will give me a great foundation and this hospital has a reputation for clinical excellence particularly your recent ____ initiative that earned you a nomination for _____ award......Because this job will give me a broad foundation in nursing skills and allow me to develop as a novice nurse......Because I have heard many positive things about how this hospital/nursing home supports new grads while providing for excellent patient care.....etc).

    Find a way to be genuine and excited about the job you're applying for.
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    The sad bit is I've met some ED nurses who have over 20 years experience and are TERRIBLE...honestly surprised stable patients didn't go "bad." Maybe experience isn't everything? I know new nurses are expensive to train, but I think (for some of us at least) our enthusiasm and willingness to learn, combined with a lack of complacency say something, don't they? I just wish more directors would give us a chance!!!
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    Quote from hiddencatRN

    Yeah, I don't think that works at Burger King even. Yes, you just want a job, but try to personalize it to the job you are interviewing for- why do you want THAT job? (Because this job will give me a great foundation and this hospital has a reputation for clinical excellence particularly your recent ____ initiative that earned you a nomination for _____ award......Because this job will give me a broad foundation in nursing skills and allow me to develop as a novice nurse......Because I have heard many positive things about how this hospital/nursing home supports new grads while providing for excellent patient care.....etc).

    Find a way to be genuine and excited about the job you're applying for.
    I know that " all I want is a job " is the answer no employer wants to hear! I would never say just those words alone! I am not crazy or unprofessional.

    Personally as a new grad all I want is a job as an RN, I don't care about the shift or specialty at this point! It is hard enough to find a hospital that hires new grads, it's not the right time to start being picky by focusing on the salary, shift , vacations, specialty! I will learn to love it or hate it! As long as I get to provide care to patients that's what makes me happy.
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    With all the tips on resume writing and interview skills these days, there is really no excuse for not being prepared. In fact, some of the resumes people post on AN....I can see right away why they are having a hard time. Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, and lists that go on forever. A good resume and interview pays off.
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    Quote from mmc51264
    So you discriminate against people with disabilities Even though it is against FEDERAL LAW to do so. That's why those "high maintenance" people don't say anything up front. They know you will ake up a reason to not hire them. I bet you make up reasons to get rid of them as fast you can, too.
    The person with a disability is not the employee in the piece you quoted, so no, they'd not be discriminating against a disability. They'd be trying to fill a position with a person who could actually perform the requirements of the job, such as being available when they are needed. There's no legal protection for people to have afternoons off to take a child to therapy unless they meet the requirements of FMLA, which no brand new employee does. Want flexibility for your personal life, don't ask for a full time job at a hospital.
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    Quote from Larry77
    I slightly disagree with this statement, we are not only hiring experience we are hiring for a good fit. Do I want someone who has been in a level 1 for ten years who is a bear to work with...heck no. But if you are an up-and-comer who has a great personality and has been in a level 3 community hospital who gets all trauma's for 4 years...I want you!

    Plenty of 10+ year ED RN's are not going to make the grade so please don't just expect to get hired because you have experience...still have to make an effort in an interview and be a good fit for our department.

    We actually had a highly experienced nurse today that couldn't think of a "situation when" for 2 different questions...really? You are an ED nurse! We know you have had those situations (ie a "connection" with a patient, or "conflict in the workplace")...but how can we pick you over someone who gets slightly emotional thinking about a touching story or proud about how they handled conflict with a coworker and actually became friends?
    Agreed, just because a nurse has loads of experience does not make them a instant hire...I have worked with nurses with years of experience who are unpleasant, not a team player and think they own the place because of their years of experience. A good nurse has experience, is a team player with a positive attitude!
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 20, '13 : Reason: Formatting
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    I don't know if it's been said so I'm going to say it. I'm an amazing employee, and I get along with pretty much everybody. However, I'm horrible at interviews. Those interview questions are ridiculous! As an employee I go into work deal with a problem(very well) when it arrives, and forget about it. I don't keep it in my memory bank for your interview questions. Maybe you should realize you missed out on a great employee just because she/he couldn't answer one of your "situation when" questions. I'd be way more concerned about people who can remember/do such things as "gets slightly emotional thinking about a touching story or proud about how they handled conflict with a coworker and actually became friends"
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    Quote from AnGG
    I don't keep it in my memory bank for your interview questions. Maybe you should realize you missed out on a great employee just because she/he couldn't answer one of your "situation when" questions.
    That's why it's called preparation. I can't remember situations like that either off the top of my head when I'm nervous. But at home, on my own time, I can spend a few minutes thinking and come up with something. I write it down, and then glance over the situations that I've come up with before leaving my car at the interview. There are tons of guides out on the internet and on this site that can give you an idea of the more common situational questions asked.

    It takes a little more effort to consider what questions might be asked and what talking points you want to make sure to hit in an interview, but it really makes interviews much less painful. And, as other hiring folks have pointed out here and elsewhere, yes, we are being evaluated on whether we appear to have made an effort.
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    My strength is being a nurse in a clinical setting, it is what I do when I go to work. I am terrible at answering contrived scenario questions in an office setting, I only do that a handful of times a year. There's only so many situation type questions you can prepare for before someone throws you a curveball. I moved last year and I spent quite a while researching these type questions and rehearsing my answers and situations. When the interview came only a few questions that I had even practiced for were asked and there were several others where I had to make something up on the fly. Perhaps I came off unprepared but I HAD prepared- just the ones I had prepared for were not asked.

    Instead of focusing so heavily on these kind of interviews, have you thought about placing part of the interview in the setting where the interviewee would be in the clinical setting where they would work? Have them shadow someone for an hour or two. I really think you'd be able tell so much more a candidate's abilities in that time rather than evaluating how well someone is able to BS their way through silly interview questions that are only minimally correlated to how good of a nurse/employee someone may be.
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    I get through those interview scenario questions by keeping a word file of actual clinical scenarios that I can refer to. My superiors are going to ask for scenarios for my performance reviews anyway.
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