STUPID interview questions, add yours here - page 7
I have been on about six interviews this month, and I am appalled at the stupidity of this process. Does anyone at all think up original questions any more? My last interview consisted of a... Read More
Mar 19, '10Specialty: LTC/Skilled Care/Rehab ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '05; Posts: 620; Likes: 232One nurse manager wanted me to "describe your perfect day". I felt like saying "I win the lottery and never have to work again"
Mar 19, '10Occupation: Nurse Specialty: - ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '08; Posts: 147; Likes: 166I once had a employer breastfeed through the entire interview. I am not against breastfeeding in public, but I mean, I told her I was ok with waiting if she wanted to finish..
It was kind of distracting, especially for her..she walked around the office the whole time and I don't think she listened to a word I said, or took down any details.
Mar 19, '10Occupation: CRRN, now a case management RN Specialty: Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 38,032; Likes: 69,261After attending an interview last year, I swiftly decided not to accept the job offer because of the comments being made by the interviewers and the types of questions they were asking.
I felt that it was none of anyone's business when one of the managers asked, "So, will this really be your only source of income?"
The same manager also commented, "You're older. Why did you become a late-entry nurse?" I was 28 years old at the time. I am now 29 and I don't consider myself an 'older' person or a late-entry nurse, so that question really offended me.
Another manager was staring me as she commented, "You look nervous. Smile more!" Her observation was probably true, but the nervousness came after the strange comments and questions.
They offered me the job immediately after the interview concluded, but I declined to accept the offer. They were persistent, even going so far as to call me twice weekly for 1 month afterward to see if I was still interested. This is an example of how the interviewer can effectively drive away the interviewee!
Mar 19, '10Specialty: EMS, ER ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 79; Likes: 90I've had a couple doozies for interviews, on one the first question the nurse manager asked me was "how would you handle advances from young cute nurses aides seeing that you are a very attractive young single heterosexual male?" My answer?, "whoa lady, what kind of question is that?", she replies "well, it's a legitimate concern I have if I hire you", the interview went downhill from there.
Another interview I went to had the nurse manager and 2 dayshift charge nurses present, one of the charge nurses looks at his interview sheet, looks up at me and says "I hope you brought your helemt, because this is going to be a wild ride!" Of course this was after I did their online personality assesment to determine what my interview questions were going to be.....
Sep 1, '10Occupation: RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Tele ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 50; Likes: 20Not a question, but statement, "Well, you are so calm...."
Give me a break, I'm coming off the meth or maybe I'm imagining how I'm going to devour you like Hannibal Lectur. JK
Sep 1, '10Joined: Jun '10; Posts: 2,287; Likes: 2,626Of course you can't think up everything on the spot; it's too hard when you are under pressure.
I hate being asked: "Where will you be/where do you see yourself in 10 years time?" It I said being a NM or NUM or something similar, I'd sound pompus, but if I say I'd like to just be a general RN, that sounds as if I lack ambition.
Give them feedback on their questions I say. I have done this and the HR manager thanked me (though if anything changed I don't know).
I'd like to say to the above question: "Sorry my crystal ball is broken today!"
Sep 2, '10Joined: May '10; Posts: 369; Likes: 291I was asked "What haven't I asked you, but should know about you?"
I was given the wrong email address of the person I was to email my references to (By that person, how do you not know your own work email address?)
Then called several times to see why she hadn't recieved it, given an entirely different email address (by same person) She then called several of my references...then called again, wanted me to come in and sign a releases for an additional reference(lost original one?) Ummmm, no thanks. Wow. It screamed out to unprofessional work environment.
Sep 2, '10From: US ; Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 314; Likes: 201This thread brings the lols! I just started a new job.....I had the "tell me about a time" questions...and yes it's hard to think of all those situations.
One question was "tell me about a time you broke policy". I was like um I don't break policys!
Another was "tell me about a time you let down a co-worker". Uh I don't do that either!!!
Sep 2, '10Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 38; Likes: 461989. The year I graduated from Nursing School. "How do you feel about taking orders from a woman?".
Frankly, I was glad I didn't get the job. And I never did re-apply to work there.
And they held the interviews in a large warehouse style room with a table at one end. Three interviewers sat at this large table on one side and they had you sit on the other side. IMO the whole set up was intended to intimidate you and make you feel small.Last edit by jkesler on Sep 2, '10 : Reason: Add the last Paragraph