I know it's hard out there for us new grads. I expect some rejection. However, I never expected it on the level I'm receiving from my employer. I currently work as a clerk/tech in a very large ER, in fact my company is the second largest employer in the state of CA.
I was let down by being told they weren't going to go through with the original plan of having a new grad program here in the ER. So they are having one on the floor, which I went for my panel interview this past friday. However, today I got the rejection email.
I'm totally at a loss. I have my ADN, I'm starting my BSN in January, prior to this job I worked on a ALS/BLS ambulance as an EMT for 3.5 years. I have patient care expeirence. I'm 35 years old, I've done a few interviews in my life.....so I don't know that I interviewed THAT horribly. The email said they are going with canidates that have more skills/background and senority that they were looking for. WHAT? This is a new grad program on a med surg unit! How much more skill and background are all of us going to have over one another if we all just graduated nursing school.
I know, I sound bratty, I'm sorry, but I'm just really hurt. I have been with the company for almost 4 years and they are financially invested in my education. I don't understand why I'm not one of the 28 persons moving forward. So frustrating.
Any ideas or suggestions on what to do or help me with my attitude? I wanna cry!
Any applicant who had a BSN probably trumped you. Any applicant who had a tighter connection with that floor probably trumped you. Any applicant who might have had a stronger work performance over the years might have trumped you. Only you know if there is anything in your file, officially or unofficially, that may have affected this - issues like tardies, call-offs, being difficult to work with, not getting along with others, errors on the job, patient satisfaction scores. It may be you simply made your passion for the ER too well known over the years.
Consider asking for a post interview meeting to find out what you can improve on, both in terms of interview skills and whatever else might have affected their decision. Saying you "didn't interview THAT horribly" is being damned by faint praise even in your own words. Interviewing "not that horribly" isn't the same as interviewing spectacularly. It could be also that other candidates sparkled more than you did and just seemed like a better fit, more passionate, more excited by the opportunity or more like someone they want to work with. Your original post sounds very much like you pretty much assumed you would get the job, both in the things you said and the attitude in which you said them. Perhaps that came through in the interview. Perhaps your disappointment in not having an ER position to apply for did as well. Only you can know. Believe me, I am not condemning you, but rather encouraging honest self evaluation so that you can do better next time. For whatever reason, you were not the one they chose. And there IS a reason.
I can understand your disappointment but the truth of it is, you don't have the luxury of feeling sorry for yourself over it. Time to get to work finding work. You are in one of the top two most difficult markets in the US for new grads, as you undoubtedly know. I am sorry you didn't get the job and wish you luck in finding the one meant for you.
Last edit by not.done.yet on Jul 2, '12