tell me about your most embarrassing job interview! - page 5

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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 Tina, RN
    After I had been home with my kids for years, I decided to go back to the hospital per diem. I sent in a bunch of resumes and applications. I wasn't hearing back from any places, but I knew that the job market was very different than it was in the past. Finally, I got a phone call from a hospital, asking me to come in for an interview! I had applied to their hospital online, completing the application and attaching a resume. I was thrilled. So, the day comes, and I was totally excited. My parents were watching the kids so I could go on my very first job interview in years. I was so ready for my "new beginning".

    I got there, waited, then took a med calculation test. Finally, I was called in to speak with the HR woman. She began with your standard interview type of questions. Then she starts looking at my paperwork and says, "You haven't worked in 7 years?" I told her that was true, thinking it was strange that she hadn't noticed that on my application or resume. She tells me, "I'm sorry, but they never should have called you in for an interview. You'll need to do a refresher course before we could even consider hiring you." She did seem a bit flustered and embarrassed herself. I don't know how that bit of info escaped everyone's attention.

    Anyway, I was absolutely, positively humiliated!! Here I was, all dressed up in my interview clothes. I had been giddy about this interview for days. I felt like such a fool. I gathered up the last scrap of my dignity and went to my car, where I called my husband and burst into tears. Plus, I knew that when I got home, my parents would excitedly be asking how it went... Talk about having your bubble burst!

    FWIW, I did end up doing a refresher class, and getting a per diem position at a different hospital. So, all's well that ends well... But I still cringe when I remember that interview.

    UGH!!!! The only other interview I've been on was at a hospital in Torrance. I get there super excited because I loved that hospital. I precepted there my senior year. So... I get there in a suit, no perfume, light make up, hair out of my face. The very first thing the recruiter says to me as I sat down and she looked over my app... "We probably won't hire you because you live in Garden Grove." From then on she just picked at every single one of my responses. I was livid. She was so condescending and couldn't be bothered to actually give me a chance.
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    Quote from jeangarc18
    UGH!!!! The only other interview I've been on was at a hospital in Torrance. I get there super excited because I loved that hospital. I precepted there my senior year. So... I get there in a suit, no perfume, light make up, hair out of my face. The very first thing the recruiter says to me as I sat down and she looked over my app... "We probably won't hire you because you live in Garden Grove." From then on she just picked at every single one of my responses. I was livid. She was so condescending and couldn't be bothered to actually give me a chance.
    Ugh. Sorry you went through that.
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    I said what ended up sounding like I would call a code blue on an O2 sat of 88%. I only remember half the interview, because I had come off my fifth night shift right to the interview. Obviously not on my "A" game. Needless to say, I did not get the job...
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    Had an interview for CRNA school. It was a panel interview. One interviewer asked if I had ever shadowed a CRNA. I replied, "yes, I shadowed Brian (name changed) and he went to this school... a while back though."
    Interviewer: "Oh come on it wasn't that long ago I was in his class!!"
    Yikes. Insert foot into mouth. Still got in to the school though but the whole panel thought it was pretty funny.
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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.
    They legally can NOT ask you that!
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    I had an interview at a doc office scheduled for 3:30. At 4:15 I get looking around and notice the waiting room is pretty full of well-dressed people. At 4:20 the front desk person announces the doc is stuck in traffic and will be late but to sit tight. At 4:45 the doc finally gets there and starts the interview process. There's 14 of us scheduled for the interview at the same time, but doc only does one at a time. He talks to each person, privately, for 5 minutes. First question asked is what salary we are expecting; second is what is the lowest we'll accept. I told him my lowest and he laughed at me, said there's one person willing to accept $10/hour so why should he pay me $15/hour? He asked why I wasn't working, I explained maternity leave and staying home with my baby the first six months. He asked who would watch my baby if he gets sick because he had to let too many people go due to sick kids and missing time. He then asked what I like to do for fun, I reminded him I have two kids including a baby and don't get out, he asked what I did before the kids. I said I used to go dancing and he said "good, come back tomorrow for a working interview." He called his two MAs in and told them I'd be back the next day for a working interview, but when they came in he introduced them as "Dumb and Dumber" and got their names mixed up. My working interview was two hours long and drove me up the wall. The MA I was with made up vital signs (new pt coming in, she'd ask if they had any BP issues and put 128/64 if normal BP) and there were so many things wrong with that office. The doc called the MA into his exam room, in front of the pt, to show the MA how she missed a diagnosis on the pt's last visit and ran down the s/s again to ask what the MA should have done. Apparently, the MA was supposed to diagnose a migraine and order CT Angiogram of the brain but because the MA didn't the pt could be permanently deaf. The doc called me that night to offer the job and got mad when I wasn't jumping up and down with joy. He demanded an answer immediately, not like most places where they give you a day or two to think, and I accepted it. I called the next day to decline it though.
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    Quote from T-Bird78
    I had an interview at a doc office scheduled for 3:30. At 4:15 I get looking around and notice the waiting room is pretty full of well-dressed people. At 4:20 the front desk person announces the doc is stuck in traffic and will be late but to sit tight. At 4:45 the doc finally gets there and starts the interview process. There's 14 of us scheduled for the interview at the same time, but doc only does one at a time. He talks to each person, privately, for 5 minutes. First question asked is what salary we are expecting; second is what is the lowest we'll accept. I told him my lowest and he laughed at me, said there's one person willing to accept $10/hour so why should he pay me $15/hour? He asked why I wasn't working, I explained maternity leave and staying home with my baby the first six months. He asked who would watch my baby if he gets sick because he had to let too many people go due to sick kids and missing time. He then asked what I like to do for fun, I reminded him I have two kids including a baby and don't get out, he asked what I did before the kids. I said I used to go dancing and he said "good, come back tomorrow for a working interview." He called his two MAs in and told them I'd be back the next day for a working interview, but when they came in he introduced them as "Dumb and Dumber" and got their names mixed up. My working interview was two hours long and drove me up the wall. The MA I was with made up vital signs (new pt coming in, she'd ask if they had any BP issues and put 128/64 if normal BP) and there were so many things wrong with that office. The doc called the MA into his exam room, in front of the pt, to show the MA how she missed a diagnosis on the pt's last visit and ran down the s/s again to ask what the MA should have done. Apparently, the MA was supposed to diagnose a migraine and order CT Angiogram of the brain but because the MA didn't the pt could be permanently deaf. The doc called me that night to offer the job and got mad when I wasn't jumping up and down with joy. He demanded an answer immediately, not like most places where they give you a day or two to think, and I accepted it. I called the next day to decline it though.
    Yikes. I'm glad you declined the job offer. Sounds like you dodged a bullet there!
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    Quote from T-Bird78

    They legally can NOT ask you that!
    Well they legally can't discriminate based on where you live or went to school or what degree you hold but it's been done to me.. :/


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