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Hey everyone, i have been a frequent 'reader' on this site and now i feel like i have become a victim to one of the problems frequently listed on this site. I got my first interview as a new grad last week. It went great ! I repeat it went great ! The nurse recruiter was impressed! and so was the nurse manager ! I interviewed with each of them. I was not too nervous so my mind was 'clear' and i was able to answer all questions effectively. At the end of the interview the nurse manager told me she will def. email me dates to come shadow with a nurse to get a headstart. She didnt 'officially' offer me the job but i didnt bother to confirm b/c i thought it was obvious i had nailed this one. long story short... the following week i receive an email from the recruiter saying they cannot offer me the job b/c the feedback gotten from the unit i interviewed on was that my critical thinking skills were not up to the level required for the residency prog...I was in shock! I emailed the nurse manager whom i had interviewed with and she tld me I did really well with the qns, esp. the clinical qns , but the next interviewee who came in after me was just more 'qualified' and more 'prepared' ... I have put my nclex studying prog on pause for a day to figure out exactly , how i would have appeared more 'qualified' , what i shld have said or not said, b/c i honestly dnt knw how differently i would have tackled that interview. I am almost havin a migraine thinkin about all this.
Please any advise wld be much appreciated. i knw i am ranting but i hope some1 out there understands my situation.
Unfortunately at times, there will be someone who appears more qualified than you regardless of how well you do on an interview, but in that same manner you will appear more qualified than someone else too. It sounds like you did very well , I too called back to find out why I was passed over on a position. I had three interviews before I finally got an offer. I had no experience in healthcare. In each interview I thought I did well , so much I was sure I had gotten the position, but someone else either had more experience, higher GPA,, or already had the certifications needed for the unit. From my conversations with recruiters , it is the nurse managers decision. The good thing about reading posts on how hard it is to find a job as a new grad , is to realize you are not alone. But there are success stories too. I started applying after I passed the NCLEX. After three separate interviews, I finally got the interview for a new grad SIU position. I interviewed with the nurse manager , 2 staff members and 2 recruiters and within minutes after leaving I got the call for an offer. It took about 3 months to finally get the the position offer I really wanted. You will find the one hospital that finds you more qualified than someone else enough to hire you. I too have faith in a higher power and trust me I prayed like crazy, I was confident that God would bless me with the right job at the right hospital..at the right time. However it still hurt each time I wasn't chosen. My advice..keep praying and be persistent. After passing the NCLEX,.. work on your certifications..ACL, PALS, BLS so that you can apply to alot more units. Good luck.