Penalized for too many interests

  1. How long does one have to pay for choices made 12 years agio, I an talking job changes, and I am also being penalized for being laid off and taking another job. I have to pay the bills. What is HR"S problem?
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  3. by   BrandonLPN
    I wouldn't take it personally. The current economic situation enables employers to be choosey and to judge by harsh criteria.
  4. by   wooh
    Yep, these days it's such a harsh climate for job searches. But things are starting to slowly look better. Hopefully we'll stay on that course and things will ease up...
  5. by   caliotter3
    Many years ago I was so frustrated during a job interview that I blurted out that I needed the job because I was tired of living in my car. Not only did I not get the job, (judging from the interview, she wasn't going to hire me anyway), the DON threw me out of her office. Employers have always enjoyed the position of superiority when choosing new employees. After all, they do have what you want!
  6. by   classicdame
    are you sure you are not a little defensive about your situation? That may be throwing people off. There is a lot of smiling to be done during an interview.
  7. by   CrunchRN
    It is a buyers market, veritable banquet of good pickins so they are going to toss out anyone they see on paper as less worthy.

    Not necessarily true that they are less than, but that is the way it is these days.

    The only way to get around it is to network and bypass the gatekeepers.
  8. by   hiddencatRN
    I had an interview GRILL me on my reasons for leaving a job prior to finding another. Like, would not accept my diplomatic answers to the effect that I was ready for new opportunities and wanted to be able to focus on my job search (translate- I HATED the job and wanted out). She just would not let it go and got really antagonistic about it. I didn't get that job...but here's the thing, I would have been miserable working for her.
  9. by   NeoPediRN
    It is just not the right setting for you then. I have been a nurse for a few years now and have had more jobs than years of experience. A lot of it was concurrent, but a couple were just a poor fit all around. I have had employers ask me about them but never harp on the fact that I have worked in several fields, and I have been offered almost every job I've interviewed for. Go into the interview with the attitude that you are also interviewing them. You want to see if this is the right fit for you and your life, and a place you can grow into. Use your past experiences in a way that displays you in a positive light. If you can use references from those past jobs, bring it up in a polite way that you still have ties with them.
  10. by   iluvivt
    Keep in mind that those hiring want to get a feel for why individuals job jump. They are going to be putting in an investment to orient and/or train in in some instances and want to get a bang or their buck. They want to find good employees and keep their staff turnover low. I want to know this information when I am interviewing so I do not put the huge effort to train someone and then have them leave and go get another job on another PICC/IV team. So just provide them with a decent explanation of why you left. I always look for someone who has a passion for the the subject matter and will not cause a lot of interpersonal conflict and can work well in a team as opposed to someone who has priority for the the hours, the pay and benefits. Those things are important but when they become the focus of the interview I usually tend to dismiss that candidate. I like to save that info towards the end of the interview.
  11. by   joanna73
    While interviews are designed to uncover behavioural traits, it's still a two way street. Yes, the interviewer always has the upper hand, BUT the interview allows you to decide whether or not you want to work there. If an interview leaves you feeling uncomfortable, or the interviewer is deliberately antagonistic, you probably won't enjoy working there. Something else will come along.
  12. by   GinginRN
    As previous posters have noted, it's the employers market today. I am facing a similar situation with interviews (when I can get them). The forgiveness factor no longers exists.

    One of the posts on this thread I could have written. I went on an interview and was grilled regarding why I departed my previous position. I answered with an acceptable answer, however the interviewer seemed as though he wanted to probe and find a negative from the positive answer. The interviewer was not only antagonistic, but became hostile as well. After the 3rd time the same question was asked about why I am no longer in the former position, I thought to myself, I can't wait for this interview to be over.
    Last edit by GinginRN on Aug 11, '12 : Reason: typos
  13. by   33762FL
    To many different jobs in too short a time frame raises a red flag. Either the person is a job-hopper and the prospective employer wants to avoid the mistake of hiring someone who will just quit, or the person was fired/laid off so many times that the employer is wondering what's wrong with them. This is what happened to me in my career prior to nursing, I was laid off so many times that each time it got harder and harder to find a job, I think they were wondering what was wrong with me that no company considered me a valuable asset.
  14. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from lawandaluxnurse
    How long does one have to pay for choices made 12 years agio, I an talking job changes, and I am also being penalized for being laid off and taking another job. I have to pay the bills. What is HR"S problem?
    You're not being penalized for too many interests. If you are being penalized -- and I hesitate to think that you are being penalized so much as living with today's economy -- it's for job hopping.