How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job! - page 7

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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    Quote from PhotoJenic
    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.
    I totally agree, i don't understand why its a requirement to wear makeup regardless of your facial features.Its very sad that someones natural face is not enough and accepted as is.Personally i do not wear makeup and if this will be a hindrance to a job offer i believe this is very shallow.I agree with the OP's post except for the makeup.
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    Wow. I can't believe the people that think these things are unreasonable.

    I went on one interview after nursing school (and before I took the NCLEX) at a large hospital very close to my house.

    I took a shower, shaved, brushed/flossed my teeth and combed my hair before the interview.

    I wore a suit. My shoes were shined. My socks matched. My shirt was pressed. My tie was tasteful. All of my tattoos were covered.

    In the car, on my way to the interview, I chewed a piece of gum so that my breath would smell like cinnamon if someone happened to get close. I got rid of it shortly before the interview.

    And you know what? After my interview, during my drive home, I got a call from HR offering me the job, which I accepted (and started this past week).

    Those of you that were shocked and offended by the OP's post can do whatever you want. Actually, I encourage you to wear your most bizarre outfit to the interview. Do your best to look different from every other applicant. Body glitter would be an especially nice touch.

    Next time I go on an interview, however, I will do the exact thing I did on the last one...
    Last edit by Rick68fl on Feb 17, '12
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    sorry, I have to say something. Jeans are ALWAYS a no no for ANY job interview.
    I was taught that in a basic business class in HIGH SCHOOL. The teacher said if a person could not be bothered with putting on dress clothes for an interview, what else wouldn't they be able to be bothered with while on the job?

    there is a saying..."dress for the job you WANT" !

    and oh yeah, a lot of these "poor single moms" seem to ALWAYS have money for marlboros!
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    Quote from cab66
    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.
    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!!

    I may have come off as very harsh in my first post to this thread, but my passion is still the same. We are Nurses when we wake up, when we interview, when we interact, and when we approach any other human being in any contact it should be therapeutic! We have a GREAT RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR POST, TO ETHICS, AND TO THE PUBLIC---ESPECIALLY OUR POTENTIAL CO-WORKERS TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE!!!!

    IT IS ANGRY, AND IT IS BITTER TO TALK ABOUT THESE SAD INDIVIDUAL CASES THAT HAVE BEEN JUDGED ON THE BASIS OF SUPERFICIALITIES!!!!! AND IT MAKES ME VERY AWARE OF THE SUPERFICIALITY OF THE WRITER WHOM SUFFERS SOME DEGREE OF NARCISM!!!!

    IT IS BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE ARE WHO WE ARE!!! BUT IT IS OUR DECISION THAT WE BECOME WHO WE WILL BE!!!! TREAT EACH HUMAN WITH DIGNITY, COMPASSION, AND RESPECT REGUARDLESS OF THEIR ACTIONS!!! BUT WHEN APPLICANTS ARE JUDGED WITH THE SHALLOW DISREGUARD OF THE OP, I HAVE TONS MORE RESPECT FOR THE APPLICANT, REGUARDLESS!!!-WHO WAS REAL.

    AND I AM NOT DISPENSING COMPASIONLESS ADVICE AS ONE MISLEAD PERSON SAID . . . "IN THIS ECONOMY". ARE WE SUPPOSED TO LOOSE OUR MORALS AND VALUES IN HARD TIMES? CHARACTER IS ACHIEVED UNDER PRESSURE AND WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING, AND WHEN SOMEONE WAS LOOKING, FOR A JOB TO SERVE THE PATIENTS OF THE OP'S FACILITY AND FEED THEIR OWN FAMILY, THE OP DROPED THE BALL.

    I WOULD MUCH RATHER WORK WITH THE DISHEVELED NURSE BECAUSE SHE IS RUNNING HER TAIL OFF, THAN THE ONE WITH THE MIRROR AND MAKE-UP CASE AT THE CHART TABLE EVENING HER TONES!!

    ORIGINAL POSTER, USE YOUR POSITION IN LIFE TO CHANGE LIFES FOR THE BETTER, YOU DO HAVE THAT POSITION!!!!!
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Feb 20, '12 : Reason: GRAMMAR
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    Assignment,

    watch the movie

    "the pursuit of happiness"

    true story
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    They grab that pack of marlboros because you were to busy in the clouds thanking about your personal perfection to do any smoking cessation teaching!!! Lol

    i never said don't wear dress clothes.

    I never said wear jeans.

    I will say that we could use a lot less burned out pageant runner ups, and a few more good nurses!!! But good help is hard to find, especially with such rigidity, i can't believe this is so hard for educated people to understand??!!!!

    Hire who you want in the end, the advice was to read between the lines and take time to get to know your applicant, don't judge the book by it's cover, but you know what, you who feel like running a fashion show for your new slot, go right ahead, i'm running with a mute point by now!!!!

    Common' shallow people of the world unite!!!!!!

    At least you will have pretty people to look at!!!! Nevermind that bell, probably a false alarm, you need more powder and lipstick girl!!!!!
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    Some people are confusing vanity and professionalism. They are not even close to the same thing.
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    Quote from Rick68fl
    Those of you that were shocked and offended by the OP's post can do whatever you want. Actually, I encourage you to wear your most bizarre outfit to the interview. Do your best to look different from every other applicant. Body glitter would be an especially nice touch.
    And please do pay homage to your culture! Or adopt one! I encourage all the guys to wear leiderhosen or a kilt to your interview even if your ancestors do not hail from Bavaria or Scotland. I plan to wear my uncle's mariachi hat to make a particularly memorable impression! Yes I'm a girl but hey I don't want to ruin my chances by appearing to adhere to ridiculous gender-based stereotypes!
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    Quote from purple_scrubs
    some people are confusing vanity and professionalism. they are not even close to the same thing.
    ​that was a whole lot nicer than what i was going to say. thanks.
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    it is too bad that this threadhas reduced its self to insults. i believe the op was making light of some the intervieweesshe as meet over years. still i never read where not wearing makeup was sureway of losing a job; just do not overdo it. one should not wear jeans of aninterview, in these time there are many other people who willing to put the effortto wear dress attire. this is important when an employer has to choose betweentwo cadets who are just as qualified. peoplewell judge you upon the way one looks, just as he or she will judge you on oneresume, so it is best to put your best foot forward. all these people have piercing and tattoos (all considered good people) who would you want to hire to be a nurse. just random pictures

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