Questions asked by Nurse Recruiter...what is the norm?

  1. Hello everyone. Sure do enjoy reading the posts. I am new here & hope that my post gets annotated properly, not quite sure of this software..eeks!

    Anyway, here is my personal are nurse recruiters supposed to be when asking you questions? Is there a guideline that one uses when they ask you questions? Just was curious of what others have encountered.

    I was asked in a recent interview about my size (I am petite, but stronger than most...I do try to keep myself in shape). I told her that I lift & assist the other nurses & CNA's daily...why... do you think that I can't?! She didn't say anything...just jotted something down on her paper. She then proceeded to look over my resume & saw that I did overseas nursing in the Middle East. She asked me why I was over there. I told her that my spouse was working there & I decided to join would be a great experience for me. She then asked me what he did, I told her. She said why is he was over there...I said, he lost his job in the states & his company had some current openings in this country. (He had to take this job....been unemployed for while!). She proceeded to ask what he was doing now. I said, his contract was over & he is back in the states. She then asked me why I left this previous job, I again..told her that I went to join my spouse overseas...she then made a derogatory comment regarding how long would I remain in this position that I was applying for?!? Is my spouses' job currently in the states long-term or temporary...etc....!!! Sheeeeesh..I am thinking to wonder there is a friggen nursing shortage...I can't get pass "Go"!

    Is this normal for a recruiter to go into this much detail about my spouses' employment??? Thanks..just needed to vent!
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  3. by   Hooligan
    Um...I'm not sure...I'm still a student but right off the bat I would have to say no ******* way! I would turn right around and ask why they're recruiting and what's their turn-over rate? If they have a low turn over rate and their facililty is so wonderful, why are they recruiting? One would think that nurses would be flocking to such a great facility!...Hmmm...Well thanks for the interview...I think I'll go somewhere else! Sheesh! I personally think she overstepper her bounds!

  4. by   flowerchild
    It is not legal to ask questions that would discriminate someone on the basis of gender, marital status, age, race, etc. Sounds like this interview was on the edge of legal. If you elicit the information, then that is legal. Never give more information than you need to in an interview and take it as a learning experience.
  5. by   EmeraldNYL

    Here's a really good site on how to deal with potentially illegal questions. It sounds like the person interviewing you probablly crossed the line by prying into your personal life so much.
  6. by   kmchugh
    I can't add much to what others have said, except I'm pretty shocked. With the nursing shortage, employers are STILL acting as though there were a huge pool of nurses from which to select potential employees. I'm beginnig to think they are doing this on purpose. By intimidating a nurse right off the bat, I believe the hope is to keep the nurses intimidated as employees. Easier to herd sheep than wolves. When will employers learn? More importantly, when will WE learn?

    Personally, I think I would have made a comment (on my way out the door) that I was not interested in working at a facility that had such interest in my family life.

    Kevin McHugh
  7. by   renerian
    I was asked about my size before for a job on ortho. I am not that big, 5'5" at 115 pounds. Needless to say the manager passed me by. Said I was to small.


  8. by   BadBird
    I am confused, was she interviewing you or your husband? I think she acted most unprofessionally.
  9. by   nightingale
    It sounds illegal as $%^& to me. It also sounds like you may not want to work for such a poor manager to begin with.

    It took me a long time before I realized, in the work world, that "I" was interviewing them too. Next time, plan some of what you want them to know and have a few of your own intelligent questions like:

    Nurse team styles, management styles of the facility and your direct leader, ratios, expectations, and other questions pertinent to keeping you stimulated and on their unit or at that facility.

    You can do it all with an air of dignity that keeps YOU intact and focused on your own goals and future plans.

    Good luck to you and let us know how we can help.

  10. by   Talonn
    This recruiter probably has control problems at home. Hahaha. I have been interviewed by this type of recruiter on several occasions. They simply do not know how to do their job. You have to go around them, or if you know someone, over them.

    With one particular "personnel management professional", I went around, behind, and then over her. When I finagled getting hired at the facility, I informed the proper people of her style and improper attitude where nursing recruitment was concerned, and I still am thanked for that. It seems SHE was keeping the facility nursing shortage in effect more than the national shortage was. This was several years ago.

    Personnel management people need to get a grip on their job. It is hard for me to comprehend why a non-medical person has more say what nurse is hired where than the unit managers do.

    I'm getting angry again so I better stop.
  11. by   emily_mom
    I think the recruiter needs to get laid...repeatedly

    Or have a rectal stickectomy....

  12. by   renerian
    Emily LOL.................

  13. by   Gomer
    Only questions about your work history, work experience, clinical abilities, and education should be asked. Questions about your physical abilities may be asked in regards to "...are you able to do the essential functions of the job with or without accomodations?" (i.e., can you lift x-amount of pounds?, can you stand for long periods of time?, etc). The recruiter's question about your working in a foreign country was OK, but her questions about your husband were not. She probably hasn't been trainned in the legal aspects of recruiting and is a recruiter only because her employer wanted an RN in the job. Depending on how badly you want the job, I suggest you contact the HR/Mgr and inform her/him of your concerns about the interview process.
  14. by   funnygirl_rn
    Hello, again. Thanks everyone for the responses. I too, thought the interview was crossing the line, just like Badbird she interviewing my husband or me?!? I was keeping my composure, but I really wanted to turn the interview around & ask questions to her..i.e, So what does your hubby do, how much does he make, does he have job security or was his job affected by 9/11,, were you ever in financial woes etc...?!? I just felt she was getting way too personal & also was insulted by her asking me if I could lift etc... Renerian, I am about the same size as you...but, no one has ever asked me a question like that! If I didn't want to work on that specfic unit that I was applying for...I would have wanted to say something sarcastic regarding her weight...but, I would NEVER do that...I am not a mean spirited individual...but believe me...I had many thoughts going through my head regarding her interview style!

    Also, I really liked the nurse manager on the particular unit. Got my questions answered by her, a very nice person. But, as Kevin McHugh said...I would have loved to said..sorry, not interested...#$%##! Oh, almost of my references happened to be a nurse manager where I was employed before I left for the Middle East..also happens to be a great friend as well. She called me last night & said the recruiter called her & was asking questions that she thought was way too personal...similiar to what I asked & also question regarding my work habits, how much time did I take off while I worked there, did I work a lot of OT, did my resignation state that I went to the Middle East, asked her how long I was in the Middle East etc... Anyhow, she is very frank ...and told her point plank... that I was a great worker, yes, that I went to the Middle East & that I even brought back souveniers for everyone on the unit! Hee Hee. does seem inappropriate & as Kevin stated.."it is easier to herd sheep than wolves"...Thanks Nightngale..thanks all. Still I would love to say..take this job & shove it up your #@@....but, I do want to work on this particular unit...I heard from a friend..that it is run well & employees are nice. Emeralnyc, thanks for the web site too. Will keep you all posted.
    Last edit by funnygirl_rn on Dec 17, '02