What NOT to say during an interview

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    I interviewed an RN for a full time position this morning. The interview was going well, and she seemed to be giving me some really good answers. At the end of the interview, I asked if there was anything more she wanted to say. She then proceeded to tell me that I should really pay more attention to my weight, since being overweight puts me at risk for diabetes and cardiac problems, especially at my age. OK, so I am 25 pounds overweight, and around 50, and I know the risks, but do you really tell a potential manager that she is old and fat? Needless to say, I will not be offering her a position.
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    oh man. it would be a kindness to her (if you were so inclined) to tell her. poor thing has to get a job somewhere and if she does that with every interview...oy.
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    I will usually tell someone who has made an error like this in an interview why they did not get the position. In this case, I will call her in a day or two and let her know. I might have HR do it though, because I honestly don't know if I can talk to her without laughing. I was shocked at first, but my sense of humor is returning
    Last edit by Teacher Sue on Mar 12, '12 : Reason: Spelling
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    Quote from Teacher Sue
    I interviewed an RN for a full time position this morning. The interview was going well, and she seemed to be giving me some really good answers. At the end of the interview, I asked if there was anything more she wanted to say. She then proceeded to tell me that I should really pay more attention to my weight, since being overweight puts me at risk for diabetes and cardiac problems, especially at my age. OK, so I am 25 pounds overweight, and around 50, and I know the risks, but do you really tell a potential manager that she is old and fat? Needless to say, I will not be offering her a position.
    If she calls back to ask why she didn't get the job, you should tell her you don't hire ***** for your unit.

    That was rude, uncalled for and clueless beyond belief.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Mar 12, '12 : Reason: changed to all **
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    Quote from grntea
    oh man. it would be a kindness to her (if you were so inclined) to tell her. poor thing has to get a job somewhere and if she does that with every interview...oy.
    i beg to differ. maybe she needs to spend some serious time among the unemployed. it might humble her a little.
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    It reminds me a little of the "what not to wear to an interview" thread - I was truly shocked at how many people said things like "well I guess you must be perfect" and "why didn't you give her some wardrobe tips and find out why she was wearing ratty jeans?" Maybe he/she had a rough life etc. Many of them were well into nursing school as well. I know my kids had an interview basics, how to present yourself, etc class in high school.
    Altra, Epic_RN, not.done.yet, and 1 other like this.
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    Yep, don't hire her she obviously has very poor judgement. Who knows what might pop out of her mouth when talking to patients and coworkers. How could anyone think that would be ok to say? How did you respond? I would have had a hard time not addressing that immediately.
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    Wow she's got some cojones..... LOL. In the end it sounds like she had both poor insight and judgement. Be glad she opened her mouth when she did. If she'll say this to a manager what will she say to her patients?
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    If she'll say this to a manager what will she say to her patients?
    I have to point out that what the interviewee said to the manager is considered patient education, at the appropriate time/situation with the appropriate audience of course. Ironic, huh?
    ChrissyFair, brillohead, jt43, and 2 others like this.
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    Wow just wow. I believe I may have advised her that she had just done an exemplary job of talking me out of hiring her. Then given the "don't call us we won't call you" good day
    jalyc RN, plumiegirl, VivaLasViejas, and 2 others like this.


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