After waiting 2 1/2 months of passing my NCLEX, I finally received a phone call from a Pediatric Rehabilitation Center who is interested in interviewing me. I am ecstatic, I love working with children and I was looking forward to learning more about their facility as well. I scheduled my interview with the HR receptionist who sounded really sweet on the phone. I spent the next four days reviewing possible questions and even did a few mock interviews with my friends. Interview day arrived and I felt ready and confident! I showed up 25 minutes early and waited, for what seemed to be forever, in the lobby to be escorted to the room for my interview.
I then meet with the director of nursing who is going to interview me. She sits down and looks at my resume and sees that I have done a preceptorship at a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital nearby. She then says to me, "Oh, I see you have PICU experience, why didn't you apply to this hospital?" I responded, " I did not see any openings but I am here and interested in learning more about your facility." She then asks, "Oh, so they're not hiring or they're hiring new grads?" I then answer, "I guess it's both?" (Maybe I shouldn't have said that?) She then goes into a tangent for about five minutes on how she is not really looking to hire any new graduates and that only a few will be hired because many of her nurses in the past has used their facility as a stepping stone to get into bigger hospitals. She also emphasized that she has to be really careful of who she hires (this facility is fairly new and will have its one year anniversary of opening next month). After hearing all this, I am just sitting there SHOCKED and feeling slightly angry thinking (okay, my resume clearly says I'm a new graduate, if you aren't interesting in hiring me, why bring me here in the first place and waste my time and your time?!) The rest of the interview went downhill. I just lost my concentration. I couldn't answer her other questions to the best of my ability and even froze during some points (think deer with headlights, haha).
As a new grad, I would like to be in a setting that is supportive and offers mentorship and guidance. I just felt like the nursing director judged me for being a new graduate who just wanted use them as a stepping stone after seeing my PICU experience. I mean ultimately I would like to work at a hospital but that doesn't mean I would leave that facility ASAP after 'gaining my year of experience.' Her attitude just set a negative atmosphere for the interview. I am also disappointed in myself for becoming rattled, not saying focused and not making myself seem like a decent candidate. The interview ended quite abruptly, I felt rushed and didn't even have much time to ask her my questions.
Thank you so much for listening to me vent!!! Has anyone had an experience similar to mine? I am just traumatized and afraid for my next interview, this experience has definitely shaken my confidence. I guess it's tough love in the world on nursing today, huh..
Feb 22, '13
by not.done.yet, MSN, RN Guide
There is a difference between not being willing to hire a new grad and just being leery of it. It sounds very much to me from the OP that they would have been willing to take a chance on the right fit.
Never tell yourself " no fair", "their loss" or other such sour grapes. Honest reflection and tweaking your approach will always and ever get you further than blind self comforting. Rejection stings but not so much that normal interview questions, concerns and behaviors should cause you to go into self protective mode. Worrying about a new grad jumping ship is a VERY VERY common concern for employers. Training a new grad is expensive. If there is no return on the investment through a couple of years of service then they actually lose money in hiring a new grad. Every new grad owes it to themselves to have a general idea on how to respond to this common concern. "I would not want to work for them anyway" would be the least useful response in helping you find a job.
Last edit by not.done.yet on Feb 22, '13
Feb 22, '13
I am sorry but I feel like the interviewer WAS giving you a chance to prove yourself. Do not assume she did not know you were a new grad. I am thinking with all the preparation you did for the interview you feel short of what I would have anticipated to be a questions they would ask. Why do you want to work here? Why did you not apply and if you did ..why were you not hired other places>partcularly one where you had an internship. Simple answers. I am interested in this population because.....
THey did not have an opening....they do not hire new grads. Those questions are not attacking you at all.
Also of course a manager wants some assurance that you are not using them as a stepping stone. I was in the same position..took a position and was asked the same things!! I was honest. Said I did not know if I would enjoy the position for sure but I would give it a year at minimum before I would transfer to another position within the facility if I did not find it a match.
You do not know..if you are going in blindly.Networking with people that worked there would have been much better preparation than all the practicing you did.
Last edit by funfunfun550 on Feb 22, '13
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