hired on the spot? does it happen?

  1. HI everyone,

    I'm a new grad been in a place I'm not to happy with. In any case went on an interview today at a hospital thats 5 minutes from my house (currently driving over 1/2 hour to work.). In any case I think the interview went well BUT it's so hard to tell what the hiring manager thought. She said she had two more interviews (last one friday) and then she'd let me know. BUT of course my brain is in overtime now rethinking everything and thinking if she really wanted me she'd have hired me right there? Right so maybe it's not a good sign I have to wait. sigh....

    So what do you all think? I really really really want this position its days in a great hospital and like I said for me so close to home..
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  3. by   Tweety
    Good luck. Most interviews don't end with a job offer on the spot, so don't sweat that part of it.
  4. by   healer27
    Thanks tweety!! I had that train of thought "if they really liked me they would have hired me blah blah blah"
  5. by   texas_lvn
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    Thanks tweety!! I had that train of thought "if they really liked me they would have hired me blah blah blah"
    You need to follow up with a call or an e-mail. State thank you for taking the time to interview me and I just wanted to let you know I am still interested in the job. Also, with them only being a few minutes away, take the shift a box of cookies, muffins, donuts and spend a few minutes with them. Today. Do not do it on Friday. If you do this, it will show you are a team player and you really do want to job.

    I brought cookies from a GOOD local bakery and was hired on the spot. 14 applicants for my 1 position. I was the least experienced, lowest educated, and basically the underdog. Good luck.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    i have been hired on the 'spot' and i have had to wait a week

    once i got a call about a month after i went to work somewhere else
    i think on that one the one they hired didn't work out and they were scrambling for someone..when i applied i wasn't working anywhere and could go to work on short notice because i didn't hav e to give notice
    good idea about going in and talking with the staff they will give yo the lowdown
  7. by   joannep
    Yes, I have had both experiences, hired on the spot and waited for a couple of weeks. Just try not to stress over it too much.
  8. by   traumaRUs
    I have been hired on the spot and like someone else said, I've also waited.

    In fact, I just got called last week for a position with the VA and I applied six months ago!
  9. by   NurseKittyAtlanta
    I've been hired on the spot before. I walked in to the hospital to fill out an application, and before I knew it I was sitting in front of the hiring manager having an interview. It was going really well, and she said that she would call me later in the week. I said, "look, I am definitely very interested in this position." She looked surprised, as if maybe I did not seem interested enough during the interview? Anyway, after I said that, she offered me the job on the spot and I was off to HR to get a name badge and sign up for orientation.

    Depending on the rapport you feel you have with the interviewer, come right out and ask for the position. It'll show that you're interested and set you apart from the other candidates. The very worst that could happen would be that they say no (in which case you know up front and don't sit around for a week waiting for a call).
  10. by   llg
    As other people have said, sometimes you get an offer on the spot and other times you don't. Personally, I don't like hiring people on the spot and I wouldn't want to have to accept or reject a job offer on the spot.

    It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the interview ... adrenaline flowing ... everyone has their best foot forward ... etc. .... and perhaps make a decision that will be regretted later (by either the management or by you). Take the time to think over both positive and negative aspects of the job to be sure that it will bring you long term satisfaction and is a good fit for you. If you can't think of any negatives, that's a sign that you are seeing the job "through rose colored glasses" and may have an unrealistic view of it that will cause you to "crash and burn" later when reality shock sets in.

    Good luck. I hope it works out for you.

    llg
  11. by   nursetim
    Ive been offered jobs on the spot a couple of times and I've had wait. I can't stress the importance of a thank you note or card, mention how important the managers time is, how interested you are in the position, and aspects that impressed you. Everytime I did this I got a job offer. Best of luck on the job.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    Years ago, before the days of background checks and drug tests, I was hired on the spot whenever I applied for a job in healthcare.

    The first time I had to wait for an interview, I thought there was something wrong with the facility, not me. I later got the job.

    Nowadays, I would be very very afraid if a facility hired me on the spot. It would make me think they were desperate. Good management is hardly ever that desperate, IMO.

    I agree with the others who mentioned an immediate thank-you note.
  13. by   Daytonite
    Interviews are funny animals. I've been on both sides of the desk as an interviewer and the interviewee. You can't deny that there is sometimes an emotional link between the two participants. As an interviewer I had to learn not to jump the gun and make job offers, especially if I knew there were other candidates in the running. Then, again, there were times when I was down to the last candidate and I just felt that the person sitting in front of me was the one I wanted to hire. I went to one job interview where I was given a job offer on the spot. It was a surprise and very flattering--not to mention a big load off my mind that my job situation was solved! I later learned that that particular hospital hired just about everybody that came through their doors because they were so short staffed! My brother was a manager for GM for one of their engineering divisions and I once asked him if he ever ran into a situation where he was interviewing someone and offered them a position right then and there. He told me, yes, that has happened. Sometimes, he said, you just have to listen to your gut, you just know. I also know, from experience, that these gut feelings can also turn out to be wrong. I hired one young CNA who was so impressive during her interview that ended up being fired for deliberate falsification of patient records (she made up blood sugar results and charted them). I was sick and beat myself up for having such bad judgment in hiring someone like that. I can recall one job interview I had where within a minute or two I just knew the interviewer and I weren't "clicking" and the interview was just going badly. And, sure enough, the letter thanking me for applying but we decided to hire someone else came in the mail a few days later. What hurt so bad was that they had actively pursued me based on the resume I had sent them. Job searching, applying and interviewing is stressful. Waiting to hear is sometimes almost unbearable. The longest I've had to wait to hear about a job (and I did end up getting hired) was 3 months from the application and interview to the offer of hire. It turned into one of the best jobs I ever held.
  14. by   firstyearstudent
    If an employer hires on the spot it is sometimes the case that it's a bad job and they're desperate to fill it.

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