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Do hiring managers ever re-interview candidates?

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Specializes in Under 4 months of nursing..

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Three days ago I had an interview for a part-time clinic position at a nearby hospital. The interview was actually quite intense and fast-paced, it was a panel zoom interview with 5 upper staff members. I was booked for a 30-minute slot and when I tried to enter the call a bit early was told another interview was in progress. It seems that they were interviewing quite a few people in a row. The interviewer who would be my manager kept her face very neutral so I wasn't too sure what she thought. I honestly felt like I did okay, I did fumble over words a few times due to nerves but didn't get the vibe that I was bombing it or anything. The manager let me know that they hoped to have a candidate selected by the end of next week. 

My question is if I am not selected as a candidate, what is the likelihood of me being interviewed again should another clinic position open up with the same manager? Another nurse was telling me that once a manager interviews a candidate they are unlikely to re-interview them at a later date unless they were close (second best) to getting the initial job. From your experience, is this the case? I would be interested in reapplying at a later date but want to know honestly how good my odds would be at this location if I don't get the job this time. 

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I would just tell the manager, if you don't get this job "I hope that if a different position opens up, I will be considered for the other position."

It's unlikely that they would actually interview you again, they would probably just offer you the job, unless it was several months later.

Aliceozwalker

Specializes in Under 4 months of nursing..

42 minutes ago, klone said:

I would just tell the manager, if you don't get this job "I hope that if a different position opens up, I will be considered for the other position."

It's unlikely that they would actually interview you again, they would probably just offer you the job, unless it was several months later.

Thank you, that is good to know! I don't actually have any direct contact with the manager, the recruiter/screener set everything up even the interview. I am hopeful if they do decide to go with another candidate that they will send me a quick e-mail letting me know. That way I can thank them and let them know of my interest in the future. 

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

On 6/19/2021 at 10:01 AM, Aliceozwalker said:

Thank you, that is good to know! I don't actually have any direct contact with the manager, the recruiter/screener set everything up even the interview. I am hopeful if they do decide to go with another candidate that they will send me a quick e-mail letting me know. That way I can thank them and let them know of my interest in the future. 

I wouldn't hold my breath on this one; recruiters and managers are spread pretty thin especially since Covid. My experience has been that many employers have their online career portal where you can see the status of your application to determine if you've been declined. 

Aliceozwalker

Specializes in Under 4 months of nursing..

17 hours ago, JadedCPN said:

I wouldn't hold my breath on this one; recruiters and managers are spread pretty thin especially since Covid. My experience has been that many employers have their online career portal where you can see the status of your application to determine if you've been declined. 

Unfortunately, the career portal doesn't actually show as declined until months later, even when the job is full or not posted anymore. I think it's because they don't want to decline people too prematurely then have their top candidate reject the offer. I normally politely ask at the interview approximately what time I would likely hear back if they were considering me for the role and wanted references. That way I have somewhat of a guideline if I don't hear from them. It's nice if they reach out but I agree they definitely don't always due to time constraints. 

If I felt after the interview that you were not a good fit for my organization and for my team, or that you just don’t have the skills that the job requires then I would not interview you again. However, if you were one of my top five picks and I post another position, I would likely interview you again. I get the same 10 or 20 applicants every time that I post a position but otherwise, I get a completely different pool of applicants each time. If you weren’t the top pick this time, you might be the top pick next time. 

Aliceozwalker

Specializes in Under 4 months of nursing..

10 hours ago, 5228shamrock said:

If I felt after the interview that you were not a good fit for my organization and for my team, or that you just don’t have the skills that the job requires then I would not interview you again. However, if you were one of my top five picks and I post another position, I would likely interview you again. I get the same 10 or 20 applicants every time that I post a position but otherwise, I get a completely different pool of applicants each time. If you weren’t the top pick this time, you might be the top pick next time. 

Thank you that is good to know! 🙂