Dumb interview!

  1. Recently had a computerized telephone interview as a preliminary interview with questions like this. "On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being strongly agree and 1 being strongly disagree, answer the following questions."
    Have you wanted to be a nurse since you were little?
    Do you have more stamina than your coworkers?
    Do you do everything your Nurse Manager tells you to do?
    (Yeah right, like jump off that bridge...)
    Do you agree that the administration at your facility is always right?

    And on, and on, and on.

    Then a live phone interview next with questions frighteningly similar.

    Anyone out there experienced anything similar? And is it just me or is this strange?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   TracyB,RN
    uuughh. Never heard of anything quite that impersonal, but I have had questions almost identical to that... read to me off of a sheet of paper.
  4. by   bagladyrn
    Computerized telephone interview?!? No way would I even consider working for a facility that did that. !
  5. by   Pretzlgl
    I agree - between the impersonal computer and the stupid questions - I think this place wants zombies!
  6. by   emily_mom
    I also agree. If they don't have the time to give you a proper first interview and weed people out this way...eesh!!
  7. by   JonRN
    Every time I get a recorded interview from anything, when it comes to the part where I am supposed to answer, I bark like a dog. I think that would be an appropriate respnse to this idiocy.
  8. by   BadBird
    Jon, you are so funny!!! Bark like a dog, I will have to remember that one, LOL.

    I wonder what the uniforms look like, robotica?
  9. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    :chuckle Oh my gawd, I thought I had heard it all!

    Maybe it's a new strategy to keep new hires from screwing up thier argument that the "nursing shortage" is responsible for staffing.


    "Gee whiz, we can't even get anyone in here to interview. It may be awhile before we have adequate staff(like NEVER ), just do the best you can for now."
  10. by   JonRN
    BadBird........the uniforms/robotica crack was every bit as funny as the dog barking LMAO. Can you imagine what the drones that play these interviews back think when they find out ol' Sparky answered the phone? I crack me up sometimes. If everyone lived in my world, what a fun world it would be. Not much would get done though.
  11. by   colleen10
    Hi Pretzl,

    They are probably calculating your responses to try to get a "Personality Profile" for you. Basically, they have you answer a series of questions and depending on your responses they gage what type of personality you are. ie. a leader, a follower, someone whom can work independent of others, etc.

    These are the absolute worst and laziest ways HR professionals decide who to hire. Even the ones that are more in-depth and take hours for the applicant to hire are severly flawed.

    I actually interviewed for an HR assistant position at one company that had applicants fill out a questionaire that took 1.5 hours to complete. Then they sent the results to a psychologist to determine the personality profile. I told them right then and there that I had worked with these types of questionaires and that they were flawed and that I would not take one nor make another applicant take one. Alas, I did not get the job. Oh well.
  12. by   Pretzlgl
    It is amazing too because this hospital's website is loaded with RN jobs. Nice hospital, close to home - but no way would I work there due to these hiring practices. Then I found out that their nurse recruiter is not a nurse, therefore she did not know of any clinical questions to ask. How can they adequately assess my ability to perform as a nurse!!! Good for you for expressing how you felt these interviews are flawed!
  13. by   Q.
    What kind of questions ARE those, anyway? Jeez. Is THAT what they are looking for? People who don't think and blindly follow commands? Yeesh.
  14. by   colleen10
    Generally, I have been taught in my HR jobs that I have had that those who use these questionaires are not well skilled in the areas of interviewing and don't know what to ask and what to listen for. A company that I worked for used to use a double sided sheet of paper listing about 40 description words. One side asked "please check off the words that you feel best describe you". The second side were the exact same words only this time you were to "describe the words that you feel others would use to best describe you." You punch the results into a computer and then whamo - you get a personality description. Most of the time the managers that were doing the hiring didn't even know how to read them.

    Good for you for running, not walking away from this place. I always say that the HR group should be the nicest most polite group of people at any company or hospital because they should realize that they make the greatest impression on new hires.

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