Nursing Interviews: Basic Post-Interview Etiquette - page 2
by TheCommuter 23,296 Views | 22 Comments Senior Moderator
Many job seekers become elated after having been granted that prized interview. After all, it is extremely easy for our online applications and electronically-submitted resumes to forever disappear into cyberspace without notice,... Read More
- 1Jul 3, '12 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from CrazierThanYouPlace the phone call, remind HR that you were interviewed on ____ date for ____ position, and state that you are following up to check on your status in the process.I have sent thank you notes to interviewers before but I've never called to follow up on an interview. What exactly does one say in such a call?
- 1Jul 3, '12 by Patti_RNQuote from Nascar nurseNascar makes two very good points: a thank you note will not 'win' a job if you're not the one (any more than writing a thank you note to a first date will make him/ her marry you, no matter how much you think you're meant for each other!) But, what thank you notes do (and I've received notes from probably 1/4 of those I interview) is remind the interviewer of you and your interview. If the process goes to the next round and the interviewer is trying to decide whether you should be included or not, a genuinely worded (and well written!) thank you note might get you to the next level.I've been interviewing and making hiring decisions for 15+ years (in LTC). I'm not sure that I have EVER received a Thank You note and honestly, it doesn't bother me one bit. I'm doubtful it would change my initial opinion of an applicant one way or another.
I do agree with following up in one week after an interview. It's unfortunate to admit, but sometimes I just get busy and lose track of time and forget to call an applicant back in a timely manner. I do not mind the call at all but I can tell you those "stalker types" lose the job every time!
Nascar's other point is don't harass the manager! When someone applies for a job, it becomes that person's major focus and it's hard for them not to become hopeful and anxious for a decision. There is a fine line between polite follow-up and harassment. Before you leave the interview, tell the manager that you are really excited about the prospect of working for them and ask, "When should I expect to hear from you?" Sometimes there are multiple vacancies, and current employees are working 12 hour days, 6 or 7 days a week until those spots are filled--you can be sure a decision will be made quickly; other managers periodically interview people for anticipated vacancies that may come up in the future--in those cases you may not hear for a month or more. If they tell you, "I'll contact you by the end of the week" or, "Decisions have to go through HR and it may take 3 weeks..." don't count out the days, then call them at the end of that business day! Give them a little buffer and either call or email. My recommendation is to send an email; it's easier for them to read and respond to than a VM.
My other recommendation is to check out previous posts people like Nascar have made. When you find someone on here who seems genuine and knowledgeable, 'friend' them and read their posts. It will give you insight into how seasoned nurses think, how managers make hiring decisions, etc. (Sorry, Nascar! Now you're going to get a ton of 'friend requests'!)
- 1Jul 3, '12 by Burlshoe114This is actually a really nice thread, as I am following your advice as we go!
The problem I am having with following up with the HR nursing recruiter or even sending a thank you note is that they don't accept calls (phone tree), and there is no address or live person available to even send a note to.
I hate to mail a generic thank you note to HR, and unless you leave a phone message in the generic HR mailbox to an HR recruiter, you have no other contact with HR.
How do you get around this? Any advice?
- 0Jul 3, '12 by Patti_RNQuote from Burlshoe114If you had an interview, send a thank you note to that interviewer--you were given their name and contact info when your interview was scheduled.The problem I am having with following up with the HR nursing recruiter or even sending a thank you note is that they don't accept calls (phone tree), and there is no address or live person available to even send a note to.
How do you get around this? Any advice?
I've heard of people sending thank you notes after they email their resume--this is way over the top and is not appropriate. Ditto for contact after meeting at job fairs or recruiting conferences. An applicant should follow up only after an interview--don't call, email, or send notes to HR or a manager after you've submitted an application or resume, or after you exchanged cards and spoke to someone at a meet-and-greet or job symposium.
- 0Nov 18, '12 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from CP2013This is a tough one. I would send a general thank-you card to the director of human resources to thank them for the interview. Be sure to reaffirm your interest in the position. This move will, at the very least, keep you in their radar.What if it's only a phone interview and you have no contact info for the HR person or whoever called??
- 0Nov 18, '12 by CP2013Quote from TheCommuterWhere I applied, they only give you the general phone # for HR. They don't give you any information regarding their location. Honest to goodness. I managed to get an email and sent an email saying thank you. Other than that, they keep their HR very hush hush.This is a tough one. I would send a general thank-you card to the director of human resources to thank them for the interview. Be sure to reaffirm your interest in the position. This move will, at the very least, keep you in their radar.
Matter of fact, my neighbor used to work for this particular HR, she worked from home. They were the "recruiting department" of HR so they didn't have an on site address! How crazy is that?!
I have actual gotten in touch with a recruiting agency in hopes that my resume will find the right hands when it's time for me to start looking for a new grad residency. Human Resources seems like such a road block to clinical professionals. I wonder why they don't use retired RNs for this type of work? Someone who knows what to look for besides a list of a few terms that an applicant needs to have in their application to trigger a response. Very frustrating.