tell me about your most embarrassing job interview! - page 4

by ohmeowzer RN

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my friend who is a RN , went for a job interview . the person who was interviewing her asked her , now that you left your last job what would they be saying about you? she said " what do you mean?" the lady said to her well ,... Read More


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    Quote from NurseDirtyBird
    Finally, one of them says, "That chair is pretty fun, isn't it?" I stop immediately and turn bright red, realizing that I had been twisting that chair the entire time. I mumbled some yes or no answers to the rest of the questions and hurried out of there as fast as I could. I never heard back from them. Can't imagine why.
    You probably handled better than I would have. I would've prob have done something clownish or have done some Jim Carrey antic and my story would end up in another AN forum under "who's the weirdest interviewee you ever interviewed"
    Something on the line of "good thing we're not on a boat." If this was the break room, I would prob have proceeded to sail it.

    So kudos for not doing the above. It could've been worse.
    Last edit by Nightingallow on Jan 17, '13 : Reason: grammar gramma' gramma'
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    The question about are you married - do you have children - that's an illegal question!
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    My first PCT interview was at a huge teaching hospital in Houston, and I wanted it SOOOO bad. I wasn't nrevous or anything and the first half of it went extermely well. I was answering all of the questions on key, and even had them smiling.

    Now keep in mind I had just finished my CNA course about a week before. My interviewer aksed me "So what would you do if you were charting and every light on your hall went off at the same time?" (in school we called the call lights call bells,weird.) So I answered..."well, I guess I would find a flashlight." They just looked at me like I was crazy and went on to the next question. As the interview went on I realized what she was talking about and at the end I corrected myself. She just laughed and hired me on the spot!!!! Boy was I emberassed though.

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    My interview to get into medical school (I was going to become a doctor before I became a nurse) went pretty well until I burped at the very end of it. That burp came out of nowhere! My interview panel started laughing like crazy though. They thought it was great! I was accepted to that medical school, actually, and ended up doing three of the four years.

    Nevertheless, I about wanted to DIE when that burp happened.
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    Quote from ChristineN
    My worst job interview was when the interviewer asked me if I was married or had kids as it is always more difficult to accommodate the schedule needs of nurses with families.
    This sounds awful but I'm pretty sure a big part of why I got my coveted hospital job *was* my answer to this question. Not exactly asked, but the byproduct of chit-chat with the nurse manager during my job interview -- so...probably real, y'know?

    Hubby has a good paying, stable job with a large company in the area. We had just bought a house. No kids, not planning any time soon. I got the job.
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    the comment about the burp gave me the confidence to admit that when i had interviewed for a sales associate position at Express, it was just prior to the holiday rush, so they were doing group interviews.
    i farted a big, bad, silent but deadly one. it was choking.
    but, i was dressed up in my fashionable interview wear looking on pointe and professional (hey i needed to pay for my nursing textbooks somehow!) and I never let on it was me.

    they must not have guessed me either since I got the job and stayed for a year eve after the holiday season.

    i still cringe when i think about the reactions in the room from people who were trying to keep it cool, answering questions but still remembering he who smelt it, dealt it!
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    Early 80's...one of my 1st interviews just out of nursing school....talking about clinical rotations.. different medication storage/dispensing methods I encountered. I was stating how strange it was at one location I had clinical at ...how they kept stock bottles of all the medications in a big cabinet arranged aphabetically. Well it turns out that was how they stored their meds too! oops, didn't get that job...
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    Quote from ChristineN
    My worst job interview was when the interviewer asked me if I was married or had kids as it is always more difficult to accommodate the schedule needs of nurses with families.
    WHOA illegal question.
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    When I was a new grad I FINALLY scored an interview. The interviewer started asking me all kinds of questions about my experience at xy and z all places I had never worked. I gave her a copy of my résumé and then she started yelling at me that I was not the right person. She then Called HR and the hr lady came And they screamed at each other like I was not there. Apparently there was another candidate with the same first name as me that was the person she wanted. No one apologized or anything they just told me to leave they don't hire new grads. I cried the whole way home. Guess where I NEVER want to work! That manager was dreadful and not at all professional.
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    Wow some of those are ridiculous. When I was 16 I really wanted a job and a local place was hiring. I was so nervous I made my mom come with me so she could wait in the car while I picked up an application. It was for a wedding venue. Anyways, I walked all the way to the door and then ran back crying because I was scared. Not only did the owner/manager see me and come out she also asked what was wrong. I claimed allergies, I looked like a mess! The owner/manager interviewed me right on the spot without a resume and hired me. My mother had stepped out of the car and also talked to the owner/manager so I felt more comfortable. My mother laughed at me the whole way home. I worked their 5 years before quitting to work as a Medical Assistant and continue going to school. To this day I can't believe how ridiculous I was. Thankfully I've had 2 decent interviews since then, both resulting in jobs.


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