Offered a New Grad Job but was told on hold.......

  1. I recently went to a job fair and while there I interviewed and was offered a new grad position. I was SO excited when this happened. I called my family and went and bought scrubs and shoes. Then I called the HR department to get the process going and was told my offer was on hold because they "forgot to interview internal candidates". So now I have to go and interview again and what happens? A job I was offered is taken away and here I go again. I want this job. I also need this job. Does anyone have any advice?
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  3. by   Pmusicinhamony
    Thats not right! Did you sign a contract? They should have not done this to you and why would their be new grads looking for jobs within? It seems weird to me. Sorry this really sucks
  4. by   MJB2010
    Ugh. I am so sorry that happened to you! I am in a similar situation, I got bumped to the next cohort & was offered an NA job in the meantime (which pays less than what I make now and is 8 months away!) I really feel like we are getting taken advantage of due to the job market. Did you even get an offer in writing? If not , you are at their whim and have to kind of smile & bend over backwards for them until they give you a yay or nay. THEN you must ask for it in writing. I am currently waiting to see if they will give me the "guarantee" of the spot in the spring in writing. If they wont, I might have to bail. They teach us in nursing school, if it is not documented, it didnt happen. I think this goes for job offers, job promises, and HR dealings as well.
  5. by   caliotter3
    My advice is to apply elsewhere. Chances of being selected instead of internal candidates is low.
  6. by   MJB2010
    It sounds to me like one of those "someone knew somone" type of deals, and they said their son/daughter/cousin/ nephew/neighbors/best friend wanted the job. There is a lot of "who you know" type of job placements these days.
  7. by   Moogie
    Quote from saraaileen76
    I recently went to a job fair and while there I interviewed and was offered a new grad position. I was SO excited when this happened. I called my family and went and bought scrubs and shoes. Then I called the HR department to get the process going and was told my offer was on hold because they "forgot to interview internal candidates". So now I have to go and interview again and what happens? A job I was offered is taken away and here I go again. I want this job. I also need this job. Does anyone have any advice?
    The economy seems to give many HR personnel an excuse to be unprofessional and downright rude. In your situation, HR should never have opened up the job to external applicants until they had interviewed internal candidates first. Unfortunately, you are paying the price for the department's ineptitude.

    Last year I was offered a part-time job with flexible hours but told that it wouldn't start for six weeks or so. I waited the next two months for the facility to call and when they did finally call, they wanted me to complete my paperwork and drug screening immediately. I made the mistake of asking them if I could reschedule my day of paperwork with HR because I had an appointment to speak with someone about graduate school. I was told that HR would call me back the next Monday to let me know when I could reschedule. They never called me back. I later found out that the administrator, as soon as he found out I was thinking of going back to school, asked HR to start interviewing candidates again. Apparently "flexible hours" meant that my work schedule would be changed according to the facility needs but that it could not be worked around my online classes.

    What still amazes me about the situation is that the administrator never had the courtesy to let me know that the job offer was rescinded or that there were concerns about my going back to school. So now I am in school full-time...

    I am sorry this happened to you.
    Last edit by Moogie on Aug 9, '10 : Reason: added content
  8. by   Parrotletlover
    What a sticky situation. I've got my fingers crossed for you.

    Just an FYI - I work in an HR department and in most instances the department that has the opening does the hiring and interviewing, not HR, so it isn't fair to blame HR for this mistake. I'm almost certain you are looking at nursing recruiters or department managers at the job fair, so I would place the blame with them. After all, they would be the ones to interview the internal candidates and choose who to offer the job to. I would keep this in mind if you ever run into the HR department again because they will certainly remember rude applicants - THAT may affect your ability to get a job in the future.

    Best of luck!
  9. by   saraaileen76
    The person who offered me the position was the Head of the New Grad program. They have been nothing but nice and I have been in return. I am just frustrated at the situation with being a new grad and jobs so scarce for us.
  10. by   50caliber
    Just remember this: its not official until you sign with HR and complete all paper works. Verbal agreements mean nothing. Don't get your hopes up until that happens.
  11. by   saraaileen76
    Quote from 50caliber
    Just remember this: its not official until you sign with HR and complete all paper works. Verbal agreements mean nothing. Don't get your hopes up until that happens.
    You are right. I just was even more excited when they handed me all the benefit package information.
  12. by   greatgirl123
    wow, that tells you alot about that institution!! who wants to work somewhere that is that disorganized...
    Don't wait for them, I would apply elsewhere..
    don't worry you will get a job..!!
  13. by   Moogie
    Quote from Parrotletlover
    What a sticky situation. I've got my fingers crossed for you.

    Just an FYI - I work in an HR department and in most instances the department that has the opening does the hiring and interviewing, not HR, so it isn't fair to blame HR for this mistake. I'm almost certain you are looking at nursing recruiters or department managers at the job fair, so I would place the blame with them. After all, they would be the ones to interview the internal candidates and choose who to offer the job to. I would keep this in mind if you ever run into the HR department again because they will certainly remember rude applicants - THAT may affect your ability to get a job in the future.

    Best of luck!
    Thank you for pointing this out. In large departments, HR may not be responsible for hiring and interviewing or may not know what the recruiters are doing and vice versa, so there is a potential for miscommunication and honest mistakes. Personally, I am more familiar with smaller institutions in which HR is heavily involved with hiring and interviewing, but, as you say, sometimes that is not the case.

    I think you also make a excellent point in that applicants have to remember, too, that they need to be professional and polite. I would imagine you have many stories to tell of applicants who might have acted outrageously and then couldn't understand why they didn't get the job.

    It is just so frustrating to hear these stories, though. I feel badly for the OP because someone's mistake is causing a lot of trouble in her life. Mistakes happen---but I sure hope it works out for the OP.

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