Nre Trend in hiring?

  1. Hi there, well I want to ask you all if you think this is the new trend or something new. I have been out of nursin for 4 yrs now and 2 weeks ago I went on my first interview in yrs. The interview went fine and the Dr. said I was the best qualified applicant and he was sure I would be the one to get the job...then he added that he didnt make the final decision...the nurses did. He said I and some of the other applicants would be asked to come back and spend some time with the nurses and if they liked me and chose me I would be hired. WHAT? That is obscene to me! ITs humiliating to put myself on the selling block, afraid I might say the wrong thing or not laugh at some joke. That would be fine if I were running for office but Im not . He has turned the hiring process into some sort of popularity contest. I rememeber working short on the floors and begging for more help. I didnt care if I just liked the nurse or not as long as they were qualified and took some of the load of the rest of us. In the workplace its not personal, its professional attitudes that matter. Or has that changed? So Im guessing that if one of the nurses has a friend apply that person will probably get it anyway. Anyway I am suppose to receive a call sometime next week and I am considering not going. I guess Im upset cause I really wanted this job (Its a low stress clinic job, not great pay but ok) but I dont think I should have to put myself through this. What do you all think?
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  3. by   2banurse
    Well, I can see if this kind of feels off, but the fact that you went first to interview with the MD who was impressed with you would be in your favor. Remember, interviewing is a two way street...working in an office/clinical setting and having people not able to work together,stinks...Ask Vailgang!!! Take this as an opportunity for yourself. If not, look for another position.

    For myself, I found that if I have doubts (major, not minor nervousness), it may not be the place to be. But meet with them first, you'll never know until you do.

    Kris
  4. by   Vsummer1
    I think it sounds like a good idea -- remember, you are interviewing them as well! So, go and meet them and find out if you feel you will fit.
  5. by   Q.
    I think this might be somewhat common, as well as a good idea. Like the other posters said, the hiring/interview process is a two-way street; as much as they are looking at you and your qualities, you should be looking at theirs.

    In my current job, the physician with whom I work was advertising for another nurse. She narrowed down the candidates and interviewed them, then selected one. But before she made the offer, the physician wanted me to interview the candidate to determine if I thought we could work together. So, she came up, I told her about the position from my perspective, and just chatted with her about her previous job (we had both worked for the same organization at one point in time). And I liked her. She was easy to talk to, seemed normal and was friendly and very ambitious-sounding. And, if this nurse didn't like me, or thought I was a freak, she probably may not want the job either.
    I remember once interviewing for an internal transfer and I liked the job, but the people I would be working with were freaks! And I didn't take the position.

    And it was a good thing. For everyone. So try not to look at this negatively. It might be for your benefit.
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I like the idea.
    Maybe you could just all meet at the local watering hole and get to know each other.
    Russell
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    "OBSCENE"????? Hardly! This interview process is done at one of the places I work an it works well. I think it is great to see if a potential staff member is going to be a good fit with the people who will work w/her and I have NO problem with it. I think you might find this a great place to work, if the values of the staff matter this way to the unit and its manager. Also Suzy raises a valuable point; it gives YOU the opportunity to see if these are people YOU want to work with.....be open-minded and see all angles. you are not on anyone's selling block and don't have to feel threatened. Don't disdain what you don't understand.....just give the interview a try. Think of good questions to ask them, too, and go for it.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 4, '03
  8. by   NurseGirlKaren
    I concur with all of the above posters. When interviewing for my current job (an in-hospital transfer), I interviewed with the nurse manager and then came in to spend a shift with the staff (one RN and one tech). It was to make sure I thought I would like it (very different from the kind of nursing I was doing), and also to make sure that I would be compatible with the current staff (small unit=more teamwork needed). I enjoyed every minute, I guess they liked me, was hired, and am still enjoying it!

    So go into this with an open mind, and good luck!!
  9. by   sjoe
    No, I never heard of this either. BUT, when the interview has gone well (at least to my way of thinking), I usually request to spend an hour or two on the unit, to see what it feels like, get a better idea of how it works in the real world, etc.

    I can see why you might feel "put on the spot," of course, particularly if the doc didn't explain the reasons and the process very well (as seems to be the case).

    Is there a "talent" segment, and a "bathing suit" segment as well to this competition?
  10. by   KELLYGIRL
    Is there a "talent" segment, and a "bathing suit" segment as well to this competition?

    LOLOLOLOL
  11. by   On-z-go-nurse
    Thanx for your replies! I never looked at it from the point of me "interviewing" them. I just figured if I wanted the job I would put up with whatever came at me. I guess I just figured with the nursing shortage I wouldnt have to compete for a job. But I see your point now. Anyway I guess Im just nervous cause I never won any popularity contests and I didnt figure Id have to win one in nursing. If theyd had a "Most likely to never exist" catagory in high school, Id have won that one! IM kind of shy and I guess to some I come off looking indifferent and humorless. Im actually pretty cool once you get to know me...If I had any friends, theyd tell you! (Just kidding!) Anyway I dont make great first impressions and I guess Ill work on that this weekend. Does anyone have a crash course on that? Well thanx again!
  12. by   On-z-go-nurse
    BATHING SUIT segment?????

    Oh great! Another thing to worry about! LOL!
  13. by   Gromit
    I concur. I've interviewed for jobs that I thought I wanted, only after getting the 'tour' and talking with some of the staff, did I realize that I really didn't want to be there, and in one case, actually turned THEM down.
    Go figure.
  14. by   On-z-go-nurse
    And in my acceptance speech "I promise to end world hunger and bring world peace!"

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