How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job! - page 5
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... Read More
Feb 16, '12Our second to last class in our senior year of nursing school was basically entitled "don't dress like a hooker when you go to your job interview." I guess our instructor had gone to a conference with some nurse manager types and one had actually pulled her aside to say that one of the students graduating from the school that she taught at had come to a job interview very inappropriately dressed.
It seems like the biggest problem among my generation and the younger-ish types is that they can't differentiate club wear from business wear. Not even stuff that's incredibly overtly sexual. But showing up in a pair of tight black leather pants and the heavily sequined shirt that they bought off the "dressy" side of Forever 21.
On the other hand, I've worn my "fifth grade khakis" :lol: and an appropriately nice top to a job interview. I also have a nasty habit of fiddling with my wedding/engagement rings when I'm nervous. I've mastered the art of doing it discretely, mostly because the only other viable option is sitting on my hands through the entire interview and I think that looks even weirder.
Feb 16, '12Quote from cab66i didn't think the original poster sounded angry and bitter . . . venting, perhaps, which is one of the functions of this forum. but not bitter. i don't understand why so many seem to have problems with the perfectly reasonable suggestions the op put forth. and now you're dragging compassion into this? compassion has nothing to do with this discussion, and i'm beginning to think it's a dirty word that shouldn't even be brought up on this forum, since all we seem to do with the word is bludgeon each other over the other's supposed lack of it.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.
Feb 16, '12Quote from photojenici don't think the point was to force every female applicant to wear makeup. i think the point was to suggest that everyone look well-groomed. if you're gorgeous without it, you don't need to wear it. if, like me, you look like the walking dead without it, perhaps you should wear it to your interview in the interest of putting your best foot forward.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.
Feb 16, '12Quote from nickilaughsi guess i'm with you -- i don't understand why it's so completely out of the question to have a dry mouth for the half hour or so you're in the interview. just deal with it.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.
of course if everyone thinks it's ok to swill water and chomp on gum during and interview, i'm going to look like a much better candidate in comparison, so go ahead you'll. make me look good!
Feb 16, '12In school, one of our instructors advised us to go to job interviews dressed like the best dressed person you would expect to see in a clinical setting. So, a dress shirt, tie slacks and jacket with dress shoes would be appropriate for most settings.
Feb 16, '12I think people sometimes have not been taught the difference between dressing up, dressing sexy, and dressing professionally.
Feb 16, '12My school had mock interviews in front of a panel made up of fellow students. Everyone had the opportunity to be both on a panel and the person being interviewed. It was a definite eye opener for us on both sides of the table. The panel wrote pros and cons regarding eye contact, dress, appearance, content, resume, examples and research of the "chosen" hospital. The panel then chose two candidates to offer "positions" to. That was so helpful when we started interviewing for actual positions the next month! I think that is probably why local hospitals hired over 80% of my graduating class before we even actually graduated. More schools should have this, IMHO.
Feb 17, '12I will be going into a job interview this week, thanks for the tips. I like to think of myself as a professional and go to interviews educated and looking professional. I was fired from my last job, how do I handle that part of the interview?
Feb 17, '12Quote from PhotoJenicI 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.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.
Feb 17, '12Wow. 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
Feb 18, '12sorry, 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!
Feb 20, '12Quote from cab66Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!!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.
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