Quote from Rags2Riches RN
I setup an interview for a job located 200 miles from where I live now. I went to the job and interviewed with the recruiter. Things seems to go okay. After our interview, she told me to wait in the waiting room while she called to see if the nurse manager was still available to interview. Well 5 minutes passes and she calls me back into her office. She then informs me that she just got off with the nurse manager and that the position was filled by an applicant who initially declined but then accepted (didn't even know things like that happens in todays economy) the position and that they would not continue with the interview process. I was shocked but also upset that I wasted my time and money to go to the interview when they could have just called & told me that the position was no longer available. The excuse she gave was that it was graduate nurse season and that was it. But I also have a perceived suspicion that perhaps the nurse recruiter didn't think our interview portion went to well and used that let me call the nurse manager to see if she's available routine as a way to buy some time. In the past, I've been on interviews where even though the manager wasn't available someone was available to still conduct the interview.
Sure squirrelly stuff like this happens all the time. It's a live and learn kind of thing. If you want to feel like you are at the mercy of some hospital HR/recruiter, so be it. But I refuse to give them power. Take whatever you can to pay your bills, and keep tweaking things and looking. Its all about utility in economics anyway. Sad but true. Screen things really well when you are traveling a distance.
You determine your worth--Not some hr or hospital, or some less than "good faith" antics. And for all you know, it could have gone down the way she said, but I would tend to doubt it. Here's why...knowing that you traveled a distance, they would have at least played the game, and gone through the motions--if for no other reason, but to save face.
Just remember, regardless of the current market, you are valuable. You are testing a potential employer too. If they don't deal in good faith at an interview, imagine what they may be like after they'd hired you...after they felt like the owned you, so to speak.