How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job! - page 4

by musicianRN, BSN, RN | 63,654 Views | 112 Comments

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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    Quote from country mom

    Agree with OP about the tats and piercings- however you feel about it, the employer has to play to the likes and dislike of their customer base. So, until you know more about the organization and how they feel about body art, you best hide it.
    This is the best concise explanation.

    And I'll re-think gum chewing if you offer compassion (the same as you would to a patient who has dry mouth) and offer another interview-friendly solution? It's more discreet than a water bottle...
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    Just for curiosity sake; can one be overdressed for an interview? Now, I'm not talking tuxedo here, but would a nice business suit be a little too much or should I go a bit more casual? I just wonder because I am starting some volunteer work in the near future at a cancer center and this happens to be at the hospital that I would like to work for, possibly for the duration of my career (the staff here were excellent when delivering my daughter via emergency c-section). I just don't want to be looked at like a clown.
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    hlr2752, you will not be looked at like a clown. Its ALWAYS better to be overdressed, then underdressed (that goes for anything you do). To me, its a sign of respect that the applicant put in the extra effort and takes pride in themselves. Hopefully that pride carries over to thier work.
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    If you want a job you need to look and act the part. No one is looking down on anyone here-what they are doing is venting and trying to help the next person. Nurses are expected to look and act in a particular way. How often do you see a physician with blue hair and multiple piercings? You don't because this would make them an outsider and patients would not take them seriously. If patients don't take you seriously, it doesn't matter how great you are at your job because you won't have a job.
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    goats'r'us- As long as the nose piercing is small and discreet it really isn't a problem. It is the multiple eyebrow piercings, the tongue piercing that constantly clacks against the teeth or that you can't stop playing with that are distracting during the interview process.

    I wouldn't mention it during the interview. If you are offered the job, the time to ask about dress code/personal appearance policy will be when talking to HR.
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    I have a problem with the make-up requirement. All the others I do agree with. Why would you expect someone to wear make-up? Some of us don't need make-up and have a nice complexion without it. I choose not to wear make-up because my skin looks fine without it. Make-up is damaging to skin and puts chemicals on my skin that I don't want. Check out lipsticks having lead in them!! Also, do you really want a nurse wearing make-up so that while they are working (and probably sweating) the make-up will run....or worse...drip down on a patient?!?! I prefer to present the person I am....not the person someone wants me to be. If someone wouldn't hire me because I didn't have make-up on....they are probably not someone I want to work for. Do you want someone that looks a certain way? Or someone that can do the job right? BTW, I've been complimented in many interviews for my professional appearance without make-up. When I see someone with make-up...especially tons of it....it makes me wonder why they are trying to hide behind a mask and what else they are hiding or are fake about. I'm at work to work, not win a beauty pageant.

    I don't have piercings or tattoos. However, if the person can do the job....tell them to cover it up. Typically the cover ups are more obvious and annoying than the actual piercing/tattoo.


    If you stop basing your opinion on looks and really get to know someone, you will meet and get to know some really wonderful people!! You can't change a personality...but you can work with an employee on their appearance if they are the most qualified for the job.
    ceccia, wish_me_luck, g!RN, and 2 others like this.
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    I am a woman, I do not wear makeup, and haven't for many, many years. You are setting yourself up for a lawsuit if you do not hire a woman solely because she is not wearing makeup. Do you require makeup of the male nurses you employ? The fact that you are a woman saying this is deeply disturbing.
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    Quote from Who?Me?
    goats'r'us- As long as the nose piercing is small and discreet it really isn't a problem. It is the multiple eyebrow piercings, the tongue piercing that constantly clacks against the teeth or that you can't stop playing with that are distracting during the interview process.
    Yeah, I would imagine so. . .now it's my turn to be like -wait----whaaaaaaat??? Someone actually did that? I'd have to hire the person who wore their bunny suit to the interview under such circumstances.
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    Wow...I have to say...that it must be nice to be soooo perfect! People go into this profession because they CARE, and maybe your superiors need to reassess your position. I understand, as most ppl do, that you need to show up on time and look professional; however, maybe ...since your so perfect...you could show some of these, "hookers", how they can do better next time! Maybe teaching, or encouraging them, (an important part of our jobs as nurses) would be more productive. We all come from different walks of life, with different upbringings, and experiences! This career is tough enough, without managers who have no compassion or drive to make this world a better place! You need to re-read your letter, because you sound like a very bitter, angry person, who...I am happy to say...works in a back office and WON'T be caring for my loved one! Colleen B. R.N.
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    Quote from hey_suz
    This is the best concise explanation.

    And I'll re-think gum chewing if you offer compassion (the same as you would to a patient who has dry mouth) and offer another interview-friendly solution? It's more discreet than a water bottle...
    When I mentioned the water bottle, I suggested it to be used while waiting for the interview in the hallway or outside. I would NEVER drink it while in the interview. I would NEVER chew gum in the interview either.
    Several interviews they actually offered me water but I still declined. I can drink when I'm out of that room.

    But then again, I don't wear pajamas in my interviews either. I had two grandparents who hired people for 30 years, they mentioned most of the things on this list.
    There's nothing wrong with being artistic, I have tattoos also, I just made sure they're all strategically placed under clothing so no one knows, because I don't want my personal life rolling into my professional life.
    RunBabyRN and whereslilly like this.


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