Advice from someone who hires - page 5

First, you probably read books about putting a resume together, or even hired someone to polish yours. Those are good steps, but to set yourself apart from the masses, you need to do more. Before you... Read More

  1. by   neelieyelik
    Quote from Patti_RN
    I've read comments here and on other threads from applicants who are dissatisifed because the hiring manager didn't contact them afterward, or the director accepted a phone call in the midst of an interview, or the manager didn't spend enough time with them. There are some reasons this could happen, other than the interviewer being rude.
    I'm one of these people I guess...I metioned that my interviewer answered a page during my interview. Since I was sitting there I couldn't help but listen to her part of the conversation and while I see what you're saying, this definitely wasn't an urgent page. That, coupled with the other things (she had no idea what nursing school I went to despite having my resume in her hand, she promised to phone me on Friday with her decision and instead sent me a letter via bulk (!!!) mail 5 days later as an apparent afterthought, ignored my phone calls and emails as if they literally did not exist) all added up to me feeling completely irrelevant to this woman.

    I don't care how busy you are, it's not that difficult to not be blatantly rude. It obviously took more effort for her to type up a rejection and mail it to me than it would have been to pick up the telephone. It's like she went out of her way to make it harder for herself. She could have handled answering the page in a much better way than she did. She gave me the impression that she had absolutely no interest in me as a person or as a potential employee, and was just going through the motions so she could get me out of her hair as soon as possible. I'm sorry but that sucks. I can't stand when people look down their nose at you and get away with it because they're in a potition of power over you and their behavior is excused because they're "busy." Is my time not important also? If you don't have the time to devote your individed attention to the interview (emergencies excluded), re-schedule it for another time. That's just the way I feel...
  2. by   amygarside
    Those are really helpful tips. I really think that it really helps to be confident about yourself, especially your skills. It also helps to make your resume as honest as possible, so the interviewer doesn't feel that what you and your resume are saying are conflicting.
  3. by   arl6
    This was tremendous advice. You are right, it can be very difficult to promote yourself. It seems a little awkward, but in the end it will pay off when you get to walk into a patient's room and introduce yourself as their nurse!
  4. by   Isitpossible
    First, if you have a Facebook page, I will be looking for it. If it is not set up as a private account then I will assume that you want me to see everything on your account including embarrassing photos, terrible spelling and grammar, family and friends, etc... I can learn a lot about an employee in a very short time by checking their non-private Facebook account and I tend to look before I ever make a phone call for an interview. My suggestion is, no matter how perfect your life appears to be (to you) on Facebook, it would be in your best interest to make sure that prospective employers can not view

    And why would a prospective employer need to check one's facebook activity? That is a personal website used for socializing. Thats like following a applicant to a bar after work to see how they behave, how much they drink ect. That ridiculous. Honestly I think checking someones facebook is a bit much. I thought people were hired based on professional employment history, education ect. Checking criminal background, drug screening/medical is fine. Facebook snooping is too much, and also says alot about the employer.
  5. by   thomasphan
    Yeah checking facebook is a little bit crazy but many employers do that so be careful!
  6. by   Patti_RN
    Yes, employers DO look at Facebook pages. Personally, I don't do it, but I know others who do. Not only do some managers check you out on Facebook, some actually ask you for your password during the interview. When I first heard that, I was stunned and I believe it's quite an invasion of a person's privacy. But, it is legal, (although it may be against Facebook's terms of service). My advice to anyone who is concerned about prospective employers (or current employers) stalking them on Facebook (or other social media) Close your account!

    As I said, I don't check anyone's Facebook, but I can see why others might do so. It's no different than hiring a background check company to look at an applicant. Some of the many things those background companies do is check your credit history, see if you have landlord/ tenant complaints, go to your neighbors at current and previous addresses and ask them questions, check your academic and employment history, see if you're the plaintiff or defendant in any legal proceedings, learn if you've ever filed for bankruptcy, and check your driving record... as well as your criminal history, drug screening, etc.

    Every applicant does the same when it comes to references: they include only the most glowing details of their employment and academic history. Employers want to know more about the applicant. When a person is hired and entrusted with the health and well-being of patients, given access to narcotics, and expected to be at work--on time--every workday, the employer has a duty to make sure that person is honest, dependable, and trustworthy.
  7. by   mee9mee9
    Quote from Patti_RN
    Linda, I see this first-hand. I've had people come to interviews wearing scrubs, jeans and t-shirts, and even a young woman wearing pajama bottoms with a spaghetti-strap top! I think she really did just roll out of bed (it was an 11AM interview!)You're so right that finding a job IS a job! And, sadly people dismiss this kind of advice as old fashioned or 'we don't do that anymore', or 'that's what my parent's generation did'. Applicants need to present themselves to their audience, and most likely the interviewer will be older and professional.
    what is your advice for young second degree students, particulary those with health related degrees who are pursuing RN careers right after graduating college with first degree
  8. by   blondiestime2
    Great thread! Thank you so much for your insight. I was wondering if you might help me with setting up my resume. I am a new grad with very little nursing experience, but I am also 50 years old with tons of experience in business ownership and mgmt. How might I intertwine that with a nursing resume?
  9. by   AmylynetteBSN
    It is actually rare that prospective employees have an open account but when it is open and accessible to the public, then permission is implied for ANYONE to view the contents of the page including employers. I certainly don't ask for passwords or view private information, only what people have left open to public view. It can be very revealing. It should not be offensive to you, you should just ensure that your facebook page remains closed to anyone who is not your friend, especially while looking for a job.

    I am an employer for a small business and can not afford to waste time and money training employees only to find out they are not at all what they portrayed themselves to be in the interview. If simply checking a facebook page gives me information about someone that would make me not want to hire them then it saves time and money and it is worth the 2 minutes it takes to check. I have only given this information on this site so that those seeking employment in a highly competitive market can learn how to best present themselves. It does not take much to change the settings on a Facebook page, and it could be the difference in whether or not you get a job.

    (I absolutely do not believe employers should have access to Facebook passwords or any other private social networking information.)

    neelieyelik: As an employer I always give a return call or letter to every one of the people who have been invited to an interview as soon as the decision has been made and the new employee has agreed to be hired. I believe if I have asked you to take the time to get dressed up, stress out about what you are going to say and how you are going to present yourself, drive to the appointment, wait for me to be ready for you etc... then at the very least I can call you back whether you got the job or not. I am sorry that you have had that experience. I think it should be a priority for employers, but I also work in small business and make it a priority when going through the hiring process.
  10. by   thomasphan
    I just hope they find the correct facebook page!
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  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Great article, very helpful!
  13. by   crrowell
    I am a soon-to-be-graduate from Nursing School (August 3, 2012). My mother is an HR manager, and thus, I have been raised to dress appropriately for the occasion (i.e., business suit for interviews). My question for you is this: When choosing a suit, do I need to stick with neutral colors, or does that matter? I have a very nice suit that I use for presentations through Honors in Nursing at my university, but the blazer is a very bright pink with black pants. I get rave reviews during my presentations for my attire (I even placed in a presentation competition because the judges appreciated my dressing for the occasion). However, is this appropriate for an interview? My mother (the HR manager) was actually the one to pick out this suit, stating that "business professional does not mean dull". I was trying on a solid black suit and a brown suit. Which "style" would be more appropriate for a nursing interview?
    Thank you in advance for any and all advice I receive!