2nd interview...dont know what to think - page 2

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  1. by   MrsK1223
    And I do appreciate your input John Coxey...anyone could use better interviewing skills. I have done very well in my opinion in all interviews and have read lots of info on interviewing and did my research beforehand. My original post was more my perspective on their performance and how they will not be hired by me as the employee..you get my drift...I will decline any offers based on how they presented themselves. I ,too, have some power and there are greener pastures to graze. Thanks again John.
  2. by   SirJohnny

    - Based on what you have mentioned about the two folks who interviewed you, I think you have made up your mind to work elsewhere.

    - Regarding CMA's at previous job. I feel that it's very dangerous (in that it can lead to wrong impression, etc) to mention negative aspects about a previous employer. In other words, all I want to concentrate on at an interview are the positive things.

    - If an interviewer kept pressing me. I would ask what in particular did they want to hear about. I would then focus my answer on how employer did previous task(s) and how I could improve (or my suggestions for improving) their methods.

    I would also mention how I implemented or made improvements at my previous employer with regards to the task at hand. Better yet, how YOU turned a negative situation into a positive one.

    - If worse came to worse, I would pause. Then ask if we could come back to this question later. You can then take one of two actions, either forget that the question was asked or come back to it a few min later after you have re-collected your thoughts.

    Then, I would ask these two ladies if they agree with my suggestions.

    If not, then I would ask how they could improve upon the situation. I would take mental notes down and then refer to them in your thank-you letter.

    Again, just some ideas for future interviews.

    John Coxey
  3. by   SirJohnny
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Nursing is very different from the computer world...'nuff said.

    I would certainly hope there is some overlap between the two professions, especially in the managerial part of the interview process.


    I say "go with your gut" too.
    Sometimes this "gut reaction" is all you have to go on. However, it's nice to have more concrete evidence to back up your decision.

    In this case, I suggest the following:

    - Ask for business cards. If no business cards, then red flag #1.

    - Why are only CMA's interviewing you (with demonstrated incompetant interview skills)? Where is managment? Are they not interested? Red flag #2.

    Now you have two hard and fast concrete rules which you can use to validate the "gut reaction".


    Hope this helps,

    John Coxey
  4. by   mattsmom81
    I recently interviewed with a DON in an area hospice provider. I felt I would enjoy learning more about this specialty, as I appreciate the concept, and my father received hospice and I was impressed.

    Now this interviewer did NOT impress me at all: she kept asking me the same canned questions over and over, got me mixed up with other nurses, overall gave me the impression she did not 'value' the individual.. and this spoke volumes to me. The second interview and phone call to offer me the job were reruns of the first. THEN she proceeded to wheedle me into positions I did not want. At this point I ended the process, certain I did NOT want to work for this company based on the DON interviewer. My employment with them would likely just be more of the same, in my nursing experience.

    You made the right decision Maia..you don't want to work with these people....plus your interviewer should be above you in the company, not below you...so this was clue it's not a good nurse environment right there. Let us know how the new GI lab job goes! :roll
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Feb 22, '03
  5. by   MrsK1223
    Thank you all for your input. Wish me luck Monday at my new job.