How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job! - page 5

by musicianRN 61,857 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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    The people who are deciding whether or not to hire you have ALL the cards. I would rather be called a judgemental meanie 1000 times than advise people to let their free expression flag fly.

    On what planet does an HR person stop what they're doing and do an edition of What Not To Wear anyway? They don't. That is horrible advice.
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    The old saying-- "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" comes to mind. As a hiring manager, it has nothing to do with "Looks" and more about "apprearance and neatness in dress. Apprearance is the first thing on the list but by no means a deal breaker either!

    To me its about being on time, being professional, knowing your stuff, and being able to express yourself and communicate in a clear & concise manner. Weve hired people with miss-matched socks before! We hire tattooed/pierced freaks (I am one) but they better at least have the awareness to know the apropriate time to cover/present them. Its a no-brainer.

    One thing that sends Red Flags with me is when people bring thier Vacation or Schedule request/demands to the Interview.. TACKY! I understand youve had your cruise planned or kid's spelling bee planned for the last year, but WAIT until I call you back or at least express interest in you.

    There is nothing funnier than someone asking "Will I be able to have a few weeks off in March?" during the initial interview... I usually say "I think we can make that happen for you" and they never get it! They actually write it down like they are taking notes about the job... Crazy!
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    I may be wrong here, and please correct me if I am, but I believe the poster who mentioned make up was referring to over doing it, not that all women should wear it. When I interview, my make up is tasteful and subtle. I think this was the point trying to be made.
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    While I am only a student nurse working towards a second career, I have done interviewing for my current (non-medical) job. You can argue all you want that it is not right about what the original poster said, but the reality is that she is right.

    1. You are being judged from the minute you walk in the door. Period. Every interviewer has a bias and it is not going to change because the interviewee does not like it.
    2. If you don't care enough to take care of yourself (look presentable) then how can I expect you to take care of my company, my patients and my guests?
    3. I have 50 people submitting applications for every one position that I have open. If the other 49 are dressed appropriately, how in the world do you think that your PJs, jean skirt, stiletto heels, jeans, etc. is going to keep you on equal footing with your competition given all else is equal?
    4. I was once given advice to dress as if I had my bosses job. People see you that way, they think of you that way.

    I think the original post was good, appropriate and timely. If you disagree, don't follow the suggestions. One day you might be my competition for a job and I will be dressed in my suit and looking the part for the position that I want to get.
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    I would not waste time looking for signs of a person's ability to do a job if they presented themselves in an unkempt manner. Instead I would cross them off as someone who would show the same inattention to their job as they do their own personal appearance.
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    The point of dressing and presenting yourself professionally is not about someone judging you based on looks. It is about presenting youself so that they notice your qualifications and NOT your looks, or wardrobe. You do not want to be remembered as the person who wore jeans to the interview, or the one who was smacking her gum, or the one with too much makeup. By dressing and grooming yourself professionally, you allow your resume, your personality, and your qualifications to shine through.

    I am bewildered that there are people attacking the OP. Most of this is common sense for interviews. I guess common sense is nowhere near as common as it should be.
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    Quote from Purple_Scrubs

    I am bewildered that there are people attacking the OP. Most of this is common sense for interviews. I guess common sense is nowhere near as common as it should be.
    Same here.... Makes me wonder if the OP hit a little too close to home for some of them
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    Hey OP I still want to hear about MR or Miss pajamas
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    Quote from Epic_RN
    Same here.... Makes me wonder if the OP hit a little too close to home for some of them
    YUP. That's what I'm thinking too. Absurd and honestly quite sad that people could be unaware and in denial of the fact that looking nice DOES MATTER. Its not about being pretty or handsome, it's about looking like you give a rat's bum about the way you present yourself and taking pride in yourself. deurrrrrrrrr
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    I didn't read all the responses so if some one else covered this, sorry. But as a nurse with tattoos and piercings, I don't see what that has to do with my abilities as an RN. I have 4 visible tats- 1 on each hand, 1 on my left upper arm, and 1 on my right lower arm. I also have a nose piercing and tongue piercing. One can't see my tongue ring unless they are staring inside my mouth, which they shouldn't be. If I were to cover my tats on my hands because co-workers or managers are offended, I would have to wear gloves all day!

    I have never had a negative comment made to me or about me by a patient because of my tats and piercings. Majority of my patients liked them, especially older ones who were not able to get their own. I think it boils down to the biases of the hiring manager. Luckily for me, I've never come across those types.

    The judgements based on a nurse's appearance (by colleagues) is one of the billions of reasons why I'm happy to be out of patient care.

    I do agree with the OP's other points though. Despite my tats and piercings, I was part of a hiring team at one job. The things I would see and hear scared me.


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