My first interview for an RN position. Am I wrong about this? - page 2

I recently had my first interview for an RN position in preparation for my graduation. I've been to clinical at this facility and they have a good track record for new graduate internships. I have... Read More

  1. by   augigi
    I agree re management issues, and that she obviously is not a good one.

    However, nursing is a female dominated, witchy industry. If you can't deal with that, you'll have problems. Sooner or later you will have to stand up for yourself and your rights, and why not fight to work in an area you are interested in? Not everyone on the unit can be awful - maybe there is a great nurse educator? As someone else said, maybe this was a test as to how you hold up under pressure or confrontation.

    In any case, I agree it's unforgiveable to scare off applicants when critical care is crying out for staff.

    Best of luck with your decision.
  2. by   RN1263
    Quote from cardiacRN2006

    The ICU just doesn't want to spend a ton of money on you to find out that you don't fit, can't deal with stress and confrontation, or that you are likely to give up. Part of that interview was an asssessment for just that. It's also an assessment for you to find out if they are a good fit for you. If you feel they aren't, then they aren't.
    this quote by cardiacRN2006 makes alot of sense to me. i had already been thinking as i was reading the posts that this manager may have been testing you???..
    she may have been testing to see if you are thin skinned, because a new grad in icu will have to take some criticism and have to learn alot from the school of hard knocks?
    if she was testing you and you accept the job anyway, despite her demeanor toward you, she MAY have a different attitude toward you once hired????? yes, you'd be taking a chance that she wasn't testing you and is just MEAN, but if that's the unit you want to be in you'd have to weigh the pro's and cons......
    good luck w/ whatever you choose!
  3. by   Daytonite
    In re-reading the original post something else struck me that I had missed the first time. The OP was only asked "three brief questions". Those questions were also a indication of an interviewer who doesn't know what they are doing. An interview is a time to learn as much as you can about the character and any potential problem areas that might arise with the potential employee. It sounds like this manager was more interested in getting to her own agenda, another sign of poor interviewing skill.

    A number of posters have felt that the nurse manager might have been testing the OP in the way she presented information to her at her interview. I just can't agree with that. This is just not good hiring or interviewing technique and I'll stand by my original suggestion that this speaks volumes about this person's character and level of skill as a manager. It saddens me that so many want such an unwelcome meeting to turn into a wonderful situation for a new grad. It would, in all likelihood, turn into just the opposite, a nightmare. As new grads you have to assess employment opportunities very cautiously. The nursing shortage in some places has hit hard. There are a good many employers out there who are just looking for bodies to fill the holes in their schedules and they have managers in place who are willing to oblige their bosses and do just that. They don't care about you new grads or your needs. Do you want to be one of those bodies? Or, do you want to work with people who genuinely care about you and your development into a mature nurse? Does it sound like this particular manager was interested in the development and maturing of a newbie? You can't let your desperation or eagerness to get that first job cloud your good judgment. If there is anything I've learned in my years of working, it's that one of the most important factors to a happy job is the working relationship you have with the people you work closest with on that job. And, it often starts with who is in charge.