Don't apply here anymore or what??

  1. I had a job interview a month ago, the nurse recruiter said she'd let me know what the nurse manager decided a week afterwards. That was 3 weeks ago and I never heard anything. So of course I assume I didnt get the job. Last week I called the nurse recruiter, she wasnt in so I left a very polite message saying I was just checking in and could she please call or email me. Well I still havent heard anything. I think this is really rude. Do you think she's just busy, or just bad at her job, or maybe she just hates telling people they didnt get the job?? I said she could email me, that shouldnt be hard.
    Am I getting the brush off here? Is this like...dont apply for jobs at this hospital ever again???
    I'm really frustrated...I need a job!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   ZASHAGALKA
    HRs are notorious about being slow slow slow.

    You probably aren't being given the 'brush off'. I suspect that it's not personal and more likely, business as usual. Don't take it personally.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Sep 14, '06
  4. by   weetziebat
    Yeah, know the feeling. Any of your ideas could be correct, but IMHO it is just plain rude not to notify folks who have interviewed, one way or the other, as soon as possible.

    If this length of time has passed and you haven't heard, even after calling, I'd assume they hired someone else - but you never know. I've taken other jobs, after not hearing for three weeks, and then they call and offer the job, saying they continued to interview, looking for the best person for the position. Well, how many of us can afford to just wait around for three weeks without hearing something?

    You have every right to be aggravated.
  5. by   max1x
    My guess is that the place is not begging for nurses at the moment. If they were, they would be eager to get any warm body with a nursing license on the job ASAP. Also, they could be having a budget crisis (y'know, the kind that affects nurse staffing levels but not much else), and they are not eager to hire at the moment.
    Either way, you have the right to a straight answer. Keep asking until you get one!
  6. by   TiffyRN
    Quote from max1x
    My guess is that the place is not begging for nurses at the moment.

    I wouldn't count on it. My first job after I got married had my application for weeks and weeks before they called me back. I was newly married and had other things on my mind than calling HR folks. The manager was thrilled to hire me; an experienced RN wanting nights. I took that job and when I started found out the whole hospital was very needy of nurses. I spoke to the manager about her HR. That was ridiculous. I learned then to skip HR and go straight to the floor managers. They understand their staffing needs. HR just has a job to do.
  7. by   max1x
    The OP stated she had already met with the nurse manager. In my experience, if the place really needed nurses, and they were actually hiring, the NM would be wanting to get the nurse onboard ASAP.
  8. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from shortstuff31117
    I had a job interview a month ago, the nurse recruiter said she'd let me know what the nurse manager decided a week afterwards. That was 3 weeks ago and I never heard anything. So of course I assume I didnt get the job. Last week I called the nurse recruiter, she wasnt in so I left a very polite message saying I was just checking in and could she please call or email me. Well I still havent heard anything. I think this is really rude. Do you think she's just busy, or just bad at her job, or maybe she just hates telling people they didnt get the job?? I said she could email me, that shouldnt be hard.
    Am I getting the brush off here? Is this like...dont apply for jobs at this hospital ever again???
    I'm really frustrated...I need a job!
    Where I work, HR does things in their own good time, and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with our staffing needs. They can take as long to process paperwork when we tell them we have an urgent need as it does when we know a month ahead of time we will need to hire someone new. I wouldn't assume you're not going to get an offer, but I wouldn't hold my breath, either. Keep calling- you might eventually get lucky and catch her picking up her phone.
  9. by   rnsrgr8t
    That happened to me twice. After I finished graduate school as a PNP, I interviewed at 2 different offices, was told I would here back in a week, I sent my thank you notes for the interview and never heard back from either of them. It all worked out for the best because I love the job I eventually got and have now. Unfortunately, that is just how some places work. Even if you have a great interview and they seem enthusiastic about you.
  10. by   Keshet
    I had that happen to me once, a place I had worked for over 10 years. TI called the ER manager who I had worked for before, but he was no longer in charge of ER, and they were in transition looking for a new manager. So I went to HR through the "normal channels". I left several messages, online applications etc., and said I would be interested in ER or float pool, where I was told they both had openings. The ONE nursing recruiter never called me back. Ever.

    So I called someone I knew in HR, and she called the DON, who I've always gotten along with, who was really ticked off at the nursing recruiter.

    Unfortunately, by then I had taken a position at another hospital, and I actually like it much better.

    There are lots of nursing jobs out there. I tend to go with the ones who are polite and who call you back in a reasonable time. If they treat you badly before they hire you, I think it says a lot about how you will be treated if you go to work for them. OTOH, you can't always judge a hospital's working condition by one lousy nurse recruiter who doesn't do her job.
  11. by   Christie RN2006
    I had a similar experience happen just this month actually. I applied at the hospital in the city I live in. They are supposedly in great need of nurses... Well it has been 2 weeks since I applied and I have heard nothing other than the fact that they recieved my application. I also applied at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and within 2 days I got an email from them explaining the position I applied for and asking me questions. This whole trying to find a job thing is way harder and more frustrating than I thought it would be.
  12. by   Nurseterr7
    I have also been looking for a job . I am an RN who has been working Home health and private duty for the last 10 years and wants to go back to the clinical setting. The nurse recruiter for the hospital in my area told me I would need a med -surg RN refresher class before I apply.I agree that it would be helpful and I am more than willing. I have been trying to take one but the class I signed up for was canceled due to lack of students. They say if they have enough students they will try to re-schedule in Dec. Hate the wait.... I have a nurse friend at the Hospital near where I live that told me she would get me an interview with the nurse Manager on her floor and maybe I can get my foot in the door that way. The Hospital needs nurses . My friend also told me they are so desperate that they have made contracts for hire to bring in nurses from the Philippines and India. She also told me it was because they can pay them lower wages than they pay the nurses who are not willing to work for what they are offering. If that is the case then maybe I need to re-think this whole thing. I don't want to be caught in the backwash. Which person in the chain for employment is the one that decides what they will pay you.? Is there anyway to find out what they plan to pay the imported nurses?
  13. by   P_RN
    One thing I have found as an applicant and a manager is that it makes a good impression to send a thank you for the interview. It's kind classy and I've taken a second look at people because of it.
  14. by   bigmona
    I interviewed for a job and over a month later they called me back to tell me they wanted to hire me. By that time I had already interviewed and accepted a job elsewhere. The HR at that first hospital was just ridiculously slow. I thought since they were not responding to my calls/emails/thank you note that they did not want me...but they did.

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