Nursing Interview Etiquette?

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    I had interviews on an M/S PCU and a Neuro PCU. I was offered the job on the M/S PCU the day of the interview, however, I asked for about a week or so to make a decision as I am still waiting for a decision from the neuro PCU and have an interview for the neuro ICU tomorrow. As of today, it has been about one business day since the M/S PCU interview.

    As far as etiquette goes, should I tell the neuro PCU and ICU that I have a standing offer from another unit and ask if they could make a decision ASAP? Is a week to long to decide? I hate to keep the DON/manager of the M/S PCU waiting on my decision. Kind opinions would be appreciated, thanks.
    Last edit by guyman123 on Jul 6
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    Yes, a week is too long to decide. And no, you shouldn't ask for a decision ASAP.
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    Ok, then. What should I do? Turn down the M/S PCU and hope to get an offer from the ICU? Doesn't make sense.
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    I tend to ask that question during the interview. IE "do you know when you'll be making a decision?" Or "when do you expect to have completed the other interviews?" This lets them know you're serious about the job. Also, it can open the door to a conversation R/T the fact that you have another offer.

    Since your interview is now over, I think it's ok to politely call and ask them when they expect to make a decision.

    Just my 2 cents!
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    When I had two interviews two days apart (Monday/Wednesday), the facility at which I Interviewed on Monday offered me the position on Tuesday. Buuuuut, since (1) the clinic where I interviewed on Wednesday was where I really wanted to work and (2) I didn't want to leave the Monday folks hanging, I asked the Wednesday people "Is there a timeline for a decision to be made? I have another job offer pending and don't want to make them wait since I would accept the job here if I was offered it."
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    Quote from vintagemother
    Since your interview is now over, I think it's ok to politely call and ask them when they expect to make a decision.

    Just my 2 cents!
    The job for which the OP already had an interview already offered the OP the job. The OP is the one who told them that s/he needed a week to give them an answer.

    As a hiring manager, assuming that I had several good candiidates to choose from, I might be okay with waiting one or two business days, but after that, I would move on to the next candidate. It's obvious that if they're asking for a whole week to decide, then they've got another possible job waiting in the wings and I'm second choice. I don't want to hire someone for whom the job is a fallback or second choice.
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    Quote from guyman123
    Ok, then. What should I do? Turn down the M/S PCU and hope to get an offer from the ICU? Doesn't make sense.
    That would be incredibly foolish.
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    Quote from klone
    That would be incredibly foolish.
    Exactly. That's why I stated it wouldn't make any sense, but it sounds like that's what I may need to do if I don't have a decision from the neuro PCU or ICU soon, which is what I'd rather have, unless you have other suggestions that may help in this situation. Would it be polite to mention to the neuro PCU that I have a standing offer and that I need to know what the appropriate course of action should be?
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    It is Not inappropriate to call up hospital #2 and say: "I interviewed with you on ______, and I was wondering when you will be making your decision. I would really like to work for you, but I do have another offer pending, so any information you could give me would be highly appreciated. "

    As as a manager, it often takes me longer than I'd like to work through my to-do list. If I really like that person, it will give me an incentive to move things along a little quicker and not lose the candidate.
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    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    It is Not inappropriate to call up hospital #2 and say: "I interviewed with you on ______, and I was wondering when you will be making your decision. I would really like to work for you, but I do have another offer pending, so any information you could give me would be highly appreciated. "

    As as a manager, it often takes me longer than I'd like to work through my to-do list. If I really like that person, it will give me an incentive to move things along a little quicker and not lose the candidate.
    They're the same hospital, different units. So what would you do in my position? Take the M/S PCU job and drop the potential positions for neuro PCU and neuro ICU, or wait for the neuro decisions and risk losing the standing offer for M/S PCU?
    Last edit by guyman123 on Jul 6


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