New Grad Traumatized After First Interview - page 2

Hello everyone! After waiting 2 1/2 months of passing my NCLEX, I finally received a phone call from a Pediatric Rehabilitation Center who is interested in interviewing me. I am ecstatic, I love... Read More

  1. by   jadelpn
    Quote from rollieem
    Yes, you are all correct. I was unable to recognize the direction of where interview was heading and I was unable to take control. This was definitely a learning experience, the nursing director's statements on new grads just threw me off and rubbed me the wrong way.
    Anticipate these type of questions, and hopefully, you won't get them. Use your experience in preceptorship to your advantage. Best of luck!
  2. by   CapeCodMermaid
    First of all, 'traumatized' is a strong word to use for an interview that didn't go well.Secondly to the poster who said the DON didn't even look at her resume' before the interview.....I get at least 15-30 resumes a month. I don't have time to read them all. I rely on the scheduler to make appointments with people who might fit.We're all busy. I'm sorry your interviews didn't go as you had hoped, but all you can do is to keep trying.
  3. by   SE_BSN_RN
    It seems as though that is a trend. Either places won't/don't hire new grads. Or students. You have to know where you want to work, and why. I had a staff development cordinator that said "I am never hiring students again!" Hm. Well, at the facility I worked at, the door was revolving. We had new staff every 6 months.....gee.....I wonder why?!

    As another poster said......would you really want to work there? If they don't want to hire new grads, they shouldn't interview them. Not professional, IMO.
  4. by   Scarlettz
    I have had a bad interview a couple months ago. It was my first real nursing interview, and not what I expected. The last couple of interviews that I had before this were seemingly more casual (one for a PCT position, another for a nursing position at an open house- but they were pretty clear that they didn't want new RNs.) I would prepare for these interviews by going over common interview questions and to my surprise none of these questions were ever asked after rehearsing for them.

    When I went on my first "real nursing interview" all of those common questions were asked - strengths, weaknesses, tell me about yourself, etc. This interview was for the same place I went to an open house to. I was interviewed by a man - which was new to me. Most of my interviewers have been females (except one other man years ago.) He was very serious and did not have the conversational aspect that past interviewers had (which I find to put me at ease- as I am sure it does for many.) I am usually very shy to begin with, but my nerves were through the roof because of the serious demeanor of the man. I thought ym answers were good, but maybe I did not articulate them well enough. I guess it goes to show that you cannot predict who will interview you- you must prepare for the normal interview questions, even some oddball ones, even if past interviews have been more conversational. You must also learn to exude confidence when the interviewer is more serious, "intimidating", etc, less conversational than others. Perhaps you could try role playing some more with various scenarios - script it so the interviewer goes on a new grad rampage (hopefully you have some good acting buddies), have a man interview you, ask someone to make up new and unusual questions as well, have someone of a different culture interview you, go to a mock interview at your previous school, etc. Switch up the scene. That way you will become more comfortable in various situations and with various personality types.

    I am currently reading an interview book and they made mention of stress interviews. I wonder if these tactics are used purposely in your interview. My interviewer surely did use the long silences. I think that made me unsure of my answers and babbling. Perhaps you should research these types of stress scenarios and build your confidence up with dealing with them.

    Check out this website:

    The interviewer may try to stress you in one of several ways, such as asking four or five questions in a row, acting rude or sarcastic, disagreeing with you, or simply keeping you waiting for a long period.

    Last edit by Scarlettz on Feb 23, '13
  5. by   11blade
    Bitter old bag!

    I, too, had my first job interview as a new grad with the DON of the hospital where I trained go somewhat that way. I reacted differently than you, though. I got ****** off after listening to her lay down the 'rules', before she had even offered me a job, or welcomed me onboard. After about 5 minutes of a rude tirade about how I would have to get in line behind everyone else for time off (meaning I'd be working lots of weekends, holidays and the like, etc.), she would not tolerate 'tardy' behavior, I closed up the notepad I had brought for the interview and packed away my pen. This let her know that as far as I was concerned, the interview was over, and I was not going to take any job she offered me. I took a job across town from where I lived, and told everyone at school why I did so...what a beeatch!

    Quote from rollieem
    Hello everyone!

    After waiting 2 1/2 months of passing my NCLEX, I finally received a phone call from a Pediatric Rehabilitation Center who is interested in interviewing me. I am ecstatic, I love working with children and I was looking forward to learning more about their facility as well. I scheduled my interview with the HR receptionist who sounded really sweet on the phone. I spent the next four days reviewing possible questions and even did a few mock interviews with my friends. Interview day arrived and I felt ready and confident! I showed up 25 minutes early and waited, for what seemed to be forever, in the lobby to be escorted to the room for my interview.

    I then meet with the director of nursing who is going to interview me. She sits down and looks at my resume and sees that I have done a preceptorship at a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital nearby. She then says to me, "Oh, I see you have PICU experience, why didn't you apply to this hospital?" I responded, " I did not see any openings but I am here and interested in learning more about your facility." She then asks, "Oh, so they're not hiring or they're hiring new grads?" I then answer, "I guess it's both?" (Maybe I shouldn't have said that?) She then goes into a tangent for about five minutes on how she is not really looking to hire any new graduates and that only a few will be hired because many of her nurses in the past has used their facility as a stepping stone to get into bigger hospitals. She also emphasized that she has to be really careful of who she hires (this facility is fairly new and will have its one year anniversary of opening next month). After hearing all this, I am just sitting there SHOCKED and feeling slightly angry thinking (okay, my resume clearly says I'm a new graduate, if you aren't interesting in hiring me, why bring me here in the first place and waste my time and your time?!) The rest of the interview went downhill. I just lost my concentration. I couldn't answer her other questions to the best of my ability and even froze during some points (think deer with headlights, haha).

    As a new grad, I would like to be in a setting that is supportive and offers mentorship and guidance. I just felt like the nursing director judged me for being a new graduate who just wanted use them as a stepping stone after seeing my PICU experience. I mean ultimately I would like to work at a hospital but that doesn't mean I would leave that facility ASAP after 'gaining my year of experience.' Her attitude just set a negative atmosphere for the interview. I am also disappointed in myself for becoming rattled, not saying focused and not making myself seem like a decent candidate. The interview ended quite abruptly, I felt rushed and didn't even have much time to ask her my questions.

    Thank you so much for listening to me vent!!! Has anyone had an experience similar to mine? I am just traumatized and afraid for my next interview, this experience has definitely shaken my confidence. I guess it's tough love in the world on nursing today, huh..
  6. by   BluegrassRN
    It sounds like the interviewer gave you some serious ammo, and you completely missed it. She was saying that they don't like to hire new grads because they use their job as a stepping stone. She expressed her concern regarding picking someone that was a good fit for their organization.

    She wasn't attacking *you*. She was telling you her concerns and her needs. You're response could have reassured her that you were not looking for your one year of experience before moving on; that you were interested in making a commitment to her organization. You could have told her that you appreciated how selective she was, as you understand that for a team to function at a top level, all members need to be committed to their coworkers, their unit, and their hospital. She wanted to hear why you wanted to work for them as opposed to where you did your preceptorship and why she should hire you as a new grad (as opposed to someone with more experience).

    It's hard not to freeze when things do go as you expect. Next time, *listen* to what the person is saying, and respond to that. Take a deep breath, don't take things personally, and really listen; then you can formulate a response that addresses what the interviewer is asking.
  7. by   Happyabby
    I've had many corporate jobs and with that many interviews. I quit my last corporate job in 2007 to finally fulfill my dream of nursing. I obtained my Real Estate license to supplement finances and time for nursing school. Real Estate crashed so I took a two-week course at a local Nursing Home to obtain my CNA license and work my way up. One of the CNAs at this facility was so hateful and nasty-mean that I didn't want to interview there. This CNA had been there for decades and had the ear of the DON so it was pointless (I was literally asked if I was just collecting state licenses). I moved on to their sister facility, but I believe my name had been passed along as a "do not hire" because I couldn't get anyone on the phone, only letters stating they were persuing other candidates. Well, they missed their opportunity for a ROCKING nurse! Since then I've obtained my LPN license and am 7 weeks from graduation for RN. I fully indend to submit my resume to each of these facilities and I fully intend to be interviewed and I fully intend to reverse the negative interaction and give them a very diplomatic but no-holds-barred recitation of the past 6 years as well as a thought on how they treated me because of some bitter employee that committed "lateral violence". I've had many amazing opportunites in nursing as an LPN, I made great money without them (better money actually) as a CNA and I have a packed resume with letters of recommendation from employers and patients & families to wave in their face. I am so much stronger now and consider it a blessing they didn't hire me I'd just be old and bitter by now.
  8. by   FlorenceNtheMachine
    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, chin up!

    In my interview, my manager said the same thing and said he was leery of new grads and that they tend not to work out. Went so far to say he would talk to some other managers to see if they wanted to interview me.

    I stood firm and said that I would work in another environment to get experience and come back and interview for him again. I said that's where I want to be and I'm not looking to move away or change. And they thought on it for awhile and hired me in! It took some backbone but I think like someone said earlier, some people need a lot of reassurance before taking a leap of faith.
  9. by   netglow
    I see it as a tremendous weakness. Managers need to be confident in themselves or have someone else conduct interviews. I've felt during some interviews as if I am interviewing to work for a child.
  10. by   nursel56
    I agree with those who are saying she probably wanted you to convince her of your commitment and desire to work at their facility but don't beat yourself up. Every interview, no matter what the outcome is absolute gold as a learning experience if you forego your natural feelings of anger. You might even write down your initial impressions of the experience and how you might handle a similar situation differently in the future (interviewer who appears hostile/indifferent, how you might regain your confidence if a question threw you off your game in the middle of the interview, why they should hire this new grad, you, etc.) Best wishes!
  11. by   wooh
    Quote from Kooky Korky
    I think she had no intention of hiring a new grad. Or anyone who wouldn't "walk down the aisle", so to speak, pledging undying devotion to her facility, to her personally, take a vow of eternal loyalty to her and her place. You get the picture.
    If the interviewer wasn't going to give OP a chance, she would have just ignored the resume. Instead, she gave her a chance to come in and show some interest in the job she applied for. Instead of at least feigning interest in the job, OP made it clear that it was her second choice. CLEAR.
    Two equal applicants, why shouldn't she hire one who is actually interested in working there instead of the one that's only applying because her preferred job isn't hiring?

    It doesn't how much you prepare if you don't prepare CORRECTLY. You obviously missed a big issue that you have to prepare for, which is convincing the interviewer that you actually WANT the job.

    So instead of feeling sorry for yourself, learn from the experience and do better next time.

    Really though, "traumatized" by this job interview? If you stepped on a lego would it give you PTSD?
  12. by   bbble 25
    I wouldn't be too discouraged, she did say that they were hiring a few new grads, although sitting at an interview hearing all that after they call YOU would unsettle anyone. Good luck!
  13. by   SoldierNurse22
    Quote from wooh
    If you stepped on a lego would it give you PTSD?
    Tim Hawkins - Legos - YouTube

    You never know!