New Grad RN feeling down after a lousy interview. - page 2

by RRWilson,RN2 8,508 Views | 32 Comments

Hi All, I am yet another unemployed new grad in Georgia. :scrying: I had my third interview this morning. The other two didn't result in job offers. This position was an Emergency Room RN position in a small yet growing... Read More


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    Like others, I don't think I would want to work for this person.

    I live on the Georgia-North Carolina border and I wanted to work in the Atlanta area. It is really hard to get on anywhere in that area as a new grad. I applied for jobs and actually got emails from recruiters at several ATL area hospitals letting me know that they don't hire new grads. A couple of places only hire new grads through internship programs and at least one told me that don't hire ANYONE with less than 2-3 years HOSPITAL experience. So, I gave up on the ATL area until I gain some experience. I just got hired at a metro hospital in NC.

    I was getting pretty discouraged. Hang in there. You might have to branch out from the Atlanta area or apply at some other places like LTC.

    Good luck! I hope you find a job soon.
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    I remember going to an interview and the interviewer told me she was going to stop the interview right there. In the first 5 minutes of the interview! I was told that I didn't have the visiting home nurse experience that they needed. Had she read the resume she would have seen that not ONCE was visiting home nurse listed as a prior job. Now that was a wasted 1 hour drive for me.

    INTERVIEWERS: Read. The. Resume.
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    Quote from Zapazol
    I remember going to an interview and the interviewer told me she was going to stop the interview right there. In the first 5 minutes of the interview! I was told that I didn't have the visiting home nurse experience that they needed. Had she read the resume she would have seen that not ONCE was visiting home nurse listed as a prior job. Now that was a wasted 1 hour drive for me.

    INTERVIEWERS: Read. The. Resume.
    I went to an interview once where the DON clearly hadn't read my resume. She knew ZERO about me.
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    Yes! I am a new grad as well (writing my RN exam in October) and I can completely relate to your situation. First of all, I completed an extended acute placement on a certain unit (which will remain unnamed) and I also completed my consolidation on the floor. I went in to nursing knowing that was the area I want to work in, thus I dedicated 6 months of my education to practicing in that unit. When I finished my studies I had an interview but the manager informed me that I wasn't selected for the job because I had told her in the interview that I was trying to finish a master's over the summer. I thanked her for her honesty and she stated that I am an ideal candidate for the position and to try again in the fall. Now I have seen another posting (the floor has a high turnover rate) so I applied and emailed the manager and this time she hasn't answered me. There is no way she doesn't know how much I want to work there and I'm really discouraged. I'm frustrated that she tells me I'm an excellent candidate, so I wait a few months for another posting, and then she ignores me. Do managers not understand that new grads want and need to work?Secondly, I waited for this job position to open, but in the meantime I applied to other jobs. I finally received a chance at another hospital in the same area of nursing. But similar to your experience, the interview was interrupted 3 times with code blues that the manager had to attend to. On top of that, they asked me 10 scenario questions, some which were so difficult that as a new grad I didn't even know how to answer them. I became so nervous, especially with being interrupted continuously, that my mind kept going blank
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    Yep, had similar experiences myself. Recruiter was very enthusiastic about making an appointment with him at a meet-and-greet, but when the appointment time came he barely made eye contact, asked why I was there. As a matter of fact he answered his phone during our schedule appointment and spent more time on the phone than with me! Second time was an actual interview with two different department managers who both answered their phone calls during the interview, but told me to keep going with my answers. I didn't feel like I was able to give complete answers at all! A third interview/different hospital resulted in them "liking" me but they didn't have a position! This one I still can't figure out...I had applied for one that was posted and thought that was what I was interviewing for...it appears that they may be posting AFTER they find their candidate to hire. Tough figuring out the different ways hospitals do their hiring (from volunteering, from pre-screening by recruiters, job faires, internships/school clinicals, or just flat out knowing someone in the right place at the right time). I easily have over 200 on-line applications out within a 50 mile radius. Most of my classmates have been hired. We have to keep the faith that our time will come!
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    ms_sgr,

    Quote from ms_sgr
    Hi RRay, Grady hires a lot of new grads if you are interested
    I have numerous applications in with Grady. I have yet to receive a call or email back. On the dashboard, most say the generic "We are going with other candidates." I have even tried to email the nurse recruiter. She never responded back. I have called up to HR to check the status of my applications, but no one answers and the voicemail is full. I don't know what else to do besides drive the hour there and hope and pray someone will speak to me.
    Last edit by RRWilson,RN2 on Sep 17, '12 : Reason: Added quote
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    Thank you all for the kind words. I cancelled my pity party and took your advice. That isn't the manager I would enjoy working with. I had an awesome interview this morning. I was the last one to interview for the position. I left feeling really good about it. So tomorrow or in a couple days, you hear a shout of joy.... It may be me because I will shout it from the highest mountaintop whenever I become employed.
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    Quote from RRay,RN,BSN
    ms_sgr,



    I have numerous applications in with Grady. I have yet to receive a call or email back. On the dashboard, most say the generic "We are going with other candidates." I have even tried to email the nurse recruiter. She never responded back. I have called up to HR to check the status of my applications, but no one answers and the voicemail is full. I don't know what else to do besides drive the hour there and hope and pray someone will speak to me.
    I had zero luck with Grady myself.
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    Quote from Zapazol
    I remember going to an interview and the interviewer told me she was going to stop the interview right there. In the first 5 minutes of the interview! I was told that I didn't have the visiting home nurse experience that they needed. Had she read the resume she would have seen that not ONCE was visiting home nurse listed as a prior job. Now that was a wasted 1 hour drive for me.

    INTERVIEWERS: Read. The. Resume.
    I don't understand why they are rude. Where is the empathy? They once were where we are now ( interviewing and actively seeking employment). I have noticed it is a lot of who you know and who knows you, and it shouldn't be like that at all.
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    I had zero luck with Grady myself.

    I have a job agent sent up for when new jobs are available. I have applied to so many jobs at Grady once that a message popped up saying " You have reached the maximum amount of application for this facility." I had to wait until the status changed on some to apply for more.
    Last edit by RRWilson,RN2 on Sep 17, '12 : Reason: added quote...forgive me I am new.


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