Please quit wasting my time: Interview Advice from Hiring Manager

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    I have spent the last two days interviewing candidates for an open RN position on my floor. Last week I went through the 14 resumes HR sent over to pick out the ones I wanted to interview. Eliminated eight of these for various reasons ( poor grammar and spelling, history of job hopping, inappropriate email address), and scheduled six interviews. I did the last interview this afternoon, and still have not found a suitable candidate. I know there are plenty of resources online that give job search tips, so please, put a little effort into writing an appropriate resume, and learning how to interview. I don't care if you are old, young, fat, thin, new GN or crusty old bat, gorgeous or if you wear a paper bag over your head. Please present yourself in a professional manner when interviewing. You don't need to wear a business suit, but don't come in jeans or shorts. Don't come with overdone hair and make up and tons of bling. Learn to communicate in a professional manner as well. You are a college graduate, you should at least have an understanding of basic grammar and know how to express yourself. Express a sincere desire to work on my unit. Don't tell me that you really don't want to work on a telemetry unit, that you just want to get into the hospital so that you can transfer into ICU as soon as there is an opening. Don't be cocky or dismissive of CNAs and other ancillary personnel when I introduce you to the staff for the peer interview.

    I have read numerous posts from nurses who cannot find jobs in the present economy, and I feel for them. But it can be just as frustrating for a manager looking for staff who are professional, caring, and committed to their profession. I feel like the last two days have been a complete waste of my time. Please, if you are lucky enough to get an interview, make sure you are presenting yourself as a professional. If you cannot make the effort to do so, don't waste your time or mine by even scheduling the interview.
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 31, '12
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    Great post Sue!I hope job seekers read it and learn from it.
    joanna73, sunshine-58, and JB2007 like this.
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    Your candidates sound ridiculous...WOW. My comment is don't automatically count someone just b/c they have switched jobs a few times. There may very well be legitimate reasons.
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    I was going to advise that you place this in the career advice section (Nursing Career Advice), but this is probably the best place for your thread. Well, done!
    jtmarcy12 likes this.
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    I loved this post. I pictured people with emails like sexyboy5999 or bigplayer269. It is not hard to make a quality email account.
    jtmarcy12, libby11, stephalina6, and 9 others like this.
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    Quote from 08RNGrad
    Your candidates sound ridiculous...WOW. My comment is don't automatically count someone just b/c they have switched jobs a few times. There may very well be legitimate reasons.
    Well, if you're smart, you just don't list places you've only worked for a couple months. Only list the employers you want to.
    joanna73, Eaglelady, annlewis, and 4 others like this.
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    If you are in the western Metro area, please PM me! LOL! I swear! My email is PROFESSIONAL, I dress PROFESSIONALLY and though my spelling may not be perfect here, my resume and cover letter are PERFECT! If this is what I am up against here, I should be ok when I actually get an interview!
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    Just because someone switched jobs multiple times doesn't necessarily mean anything negative about them, maybe they aren't willing to work in a subpar environment or had to move or who knows what. I left 2 jobs where the nursing standards were horrible, employees were treated like garbage, and patient care was not a priority. But if you look at the dates it just looks like job-hopping. In reality though, I refuse to lower my standard of care for my patients, or my self-respect as as a person and as a nurse.
    GTbravo, OrganizedChaos, jtmarcy12, and 35 others like this.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Well, if you're smart, you just don't list places you've only worked for a couple months. Only list the employers you want to.

    When you're a new nurse though, you need something nursing on a resume. Believe me, my jobs were sad to see me go, one of my managers even told me so. It was the environment and poor staffing, no supplies, etc., that drove me away. Not because I just like to switch jobs or had a conflict with my performance or work or anything like that.
    bellnurse502, SE_BSN_RN, libby11, and 6 others like this.
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    Quote from JZ_RN
    When you're a new nurse though, you need something nursing on a resume. Believe me, my jobs were sad to see me go, one of my managers even told me so. It was the environment and poor staffing, no supplies, etc., that drove meaway. Not because I just like to switch jobs or had a conflict with my performance or work or anything like that.
    True, new nurses are kind of in a pickle if they don't like their first job. Lots of pressure to just stick it out an get that invaluable year of experience under their belt.
    joanna73, NyteshiftLVN, libby11, and 7 others like this.


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