How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job! - page 11

by musicianRN

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I just got finished with round 3 of the most frustrating interviews! I was an LPN for 15 years before I went back to school for my RN. I am currently in training for management so I have been "forced" to endure the interview... Read More


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    Dragon nails wouldn't have made it through the door the first day of class let alone through the door of clinicals! They made them cover tats and piercings with bandaids and things like that but I never heard a big deal except a few gripes from students but I did hear someone making a stink about having pink hair and having to dye it. not sure if she made it back for day two. she either dyed it and came back or didnt and I didnt notice. was too busy keeping my head down! I had my own issue. She tried to kick me out for something my doctor wrote about not being able to do, but we got that straightened out luckily! We were inspected for clinicals down to what kind of shoes and socks we had! But I do know it mattered who your instructor was. The director did make rounds though and that was the time to quake in your boots. if you were wearing something you shouldn't or didn't have your hair the right way etc etc. so when i heard that nurses were sent home during a hospital inspection for wearing fake nails, I thought, wow, I guess they didnt have our nursing director. I never wear polish or grow my nails. It just isnt worth it.
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    Excellent topic for what not to do on an interview , THank you for the advice definitely give some insight on this process of getting the job
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    Quote from lrobinson5
    I agree with 99% of what you said, I just disagree about the makeup part. Why on earth is that a requirement?
    I absolutely love make up! I will never leave the house without it, unless I am not feeling too good. Make up is not a bad thing, it's makeup ! Makeup can do wonderful things, works just like plastic surgery! Anyway, some people appear very tired, sleepy, overwhelmed, puffy eyes, dark circles. Yes, this is an interview for a nursing unit and not a fashion show, but if someone's face looks so tired and sleepy, it can make you look like you are not interested in the job! Your words and your facial expressions are not matching! Makeup can make some people appear brighter, it will hide your sleepy face and bring out a brighter face! sometimes the makeup shows that you are taking time to care for yourself. Neutral colors are perfect for interviews and daytime, you do not have to wear 2 lbs of makeup unless you are attending a special event. I know that many people do not wear makeup and that's fine, many people seem to think that ugly people wear makeup, people who lack self esteem, those who want to impress people etc.
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    All I have to say is, as a new grad, I hope these are the people are my competition! That would take so much pressure off while interviewing! No but in all seriousness, I saw so much of this when I was the senior Medical Assistant at my previous job. A pediatrician's office at that! Don't come in with your giant tongue ring and say "oops! I wont be wearing that at work, I just forgot to tae it out." Ummmmmm....need I say more? This was very entertaining, and very informative at the end, since I'll (hopefully) be interviewing very soon!
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    It is sad that these tips are even necessary. As a non-traditional nursing student pursuing my life's dream I was raised in an atmosphere of respect. Respect for ones self as well as respect for my elders and superiors. I was also raised that while you may not respect the person you should always respect the position. I do not understand why anyone would think it is ok to leave your home to anywhere in pajamas. I am sorry but IMO pajamas are for at home and bed, not going shopping, to school, the doctor's and most especially to a job interview! I also do not go anywhere without make-up but that is my preference.

    I have to wonder what type of nursing school these people are attending to think it is ok to show up to an interview in pajamas, with non human colored hair, piercings and or tattoos showing. In the nursing program I am a part of we are written up and can receive a clinical failure for just about anything but especially for being "out of uniform" which includes human colored hair neatly up in a bun and secure off our collar, one pair of post non-dangle earrings in our ear lobe (if desired), one wedding band (leave the diamond engagement ring at home), white closed back shoes, white plain support hose up to the knee at least, clean white unwrinkled uniform, tattoos covered.

    Nursing is a highly respected profession. If someone has a problem with conforming with the rules of the profession as well as the school and the employer than I suggest applying for a job at the mall where anything goes. For those of us who have followed the rules, conformed to the code and take pride in the profession of nursing, it is embarrassing when others are so disrespectful.

    It is sad to think that these tips are even necessary but thank you for taking the time to write them out, possibly someone can avoid wasting everyones time by taking them to heart.
    BuckyBadgerRN likes this.
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    I just wanted to input my two cents regarding make-up... I quit wearing make-up a few years ago and feel like I have freed myself in many ways. I don't feel selfconscoius going out without make-up, i don't have to run out and buy eyeliner or foundation in the event of running out, i don't have to waste hours of my life applying it, and i don't break out so much from clogged pores!!! Furthermore, i no longer compare how good i look compared to other women when in public.. I love not wearing make-up. I'm not quite ready to burn my bra but I don't think I will ever wear make-up again. I like the natural look. Do you think male nurses should wear make-up to their interview? SHEESH!
    lrobinson5 likes this.
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    I'm amused by the people taking the makeup advice personally. I interpreted it the common sense way, that's just to wear it if you need it... and I'd say that goes for guys too if you have serious acne discoloration. Don't wear it the rest of the time if you don't want to, but at least disguise some of those imperfections for an interview. I did some hiring at a previous job (not nursing) and if an applicant's face was so broken out, pockmarked, and discolored and the bags under their eyes were ten shades darker than their skin color and hugely puffy, it was hard not to be distracted by their appearance. Sorry. I really do know that's not fair, but it is what it is. When two people are sitting across the table from each other, the face is the most noticeable feature, and if you look like a pizza with burned cheese spots all over it's going to be really hard to see past that. Just a little concealer can go a long way in a situation like that...
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    This post is one of the best posts I have ever read. By posting this, you just gave me an advantage over other applicants when I go on job interviews. Thank you very much. I appreciate you for posting this. You are awesome!
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    Quote from calivianya
    I really do know that's not fair, but it is what it is. When two people are sitting across the table from each other, the face is the most noticeable feature, and if you look like a pizza with burned cheese spots all over it's going to be really hard to see past that. Just a little concealer can go a long way in a situation like that...
    This is one of the saddest things I have ever read. What would you tell your patient with a skin condition, that they won't get hired because of their burnt pizza face? That they have to smear paint on their face just to earn a living? Aren't you then going to expect them to cover that face up when they come to work, because "it's really hard to see past that". Humans don't have perfect skin, and yeah, sometimes we have bags under our eyes.
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    She should understand why people come to a job interview in jeans or with purple hair and a lip ring? Yikes.

    Quote from rntim49
    Wow, get over yourself!! what is it like on the top looking down on everyone else.
    If you think you are lowering yourself doing interviews you should have stayed an LPN. Here is some advise for you. Look for a new profession!!!! you lack empathy and understanding. I am not impressed at all.


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