Quote from All4NursingRN
I was reading another thread and related to this topic.
It seems as though the days of graduating from nursing school and easily finding a job in any speciality (or one of your choice) are long gone.
Now the process of employment in nursing seems to be like that of the business world.
A few months ago I applied to a prestigious hospital and had to go through muliple processes before I even had an actual interview.
Behavioral tests, phone questionnaires, interview with HR, and then finally an interview with someone in nursing.
Little did I know that I was being scored and gauged all throught these processess.
By the time I got to my second and last interview, the first question out of the director's mouth was why I scored low on interpersonal relationships (or something to that effect)
I was stunned. I'd been on many interviews over the course of my career, but I'd never been on an interview where my answers to ''what would you do'' or ''have you ever'' type questions were scored, I had thought I did great on my first interview. Secondly what answer could I provide her? I knew I was a great nurse and great co-worker and no single interview or battery of questionnaires could ever or would ever showcase that.
A career that should be so personal has become so impersonal.
It seems as though they are using all these qualitative tests to weed out the worst when in fact I believe they only fail to measure what is truly important in a candidate and fail to highlight potentially great candidates.
There is no test out there that can give you the best candidate. Employers are going to have to fess up to taking a risk, the same risk that prospective employees takes when they accept a new position. It may or may not be the right fit.
The nursing world is filled with too much politics, and the hiring process is one that's full of politics. They have all these hiring tools, but yet they'll still just hire someone they like or someone they know. Most of these hiring tools are just meant to weed out anyone who can't conform to their wants or anyone who will rock the boat.
It seems like every other profession, nursing is all about employing robots to do the job. If you don't fit the mold, you're out!
I REALLY HATE to say this, but so much of what you are saying is definitely true in my experience.
Psychometric tests are a joke in many cases. Bottom line. You will not know what an applicant is like until you work with them for a good six months IMHO. So much BS in-between clouds the reality, and then the unfair perception can dominate.
So sad. You have to find the best way you can to work around all the BS whilst holding on to your own sense of integrity and truth.
Second most important thing, IMHO, is to make sure you always stay employable and that you have back up jobs. Pick up per diem positions so that your livelihood is protected, b/c in this field, honestly, you can get screwed big time. I wish it were not so. I like nursing and plenty of people with whom I have had the pleasure of working. Thing is, there are the "influential few" that can feel threatened or cause problems for you--and are the complete opposite of supportive--and also get the ear of management--b/c mgt uses them to help them do their job. Not all managers, but plenty of them. They actually think this is professional and helpful, but they often don't have or care to have real insight into what is going on. Or they have learned to play the politics, and since they have had to do so, everyone should have to deal with it as well.
You really have to watch out for yourself in this field, while also still caring about what you are actually there for--and wanting to make a difference. It's tough--tougher that many people really know.