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How to mention you know someone important who works there during an interview?

Hi everyone,

I am a new-grad and I have an interview tomorrow at a hospital, and I am trying to figure out the right way to mention that I know someone who works there-

I work with the kids of a woman who is the Chief of Medical Staff and Medical Director at the hospital, and she told me to mention that I know her at the interview....how should I say this without sounding like I'm trying to brag or name-drop? I just don't know how to bring it up without sounding awkward...any thoughts?



Has 8 years experience. Specializes in ER.

I probably wouldn't. Just can't think of a way to do it and not come off bad. JMHO. If she wanted to add her influence, she should do it on her end and not tell you to drop her name.

Good luck with your interview.

caroladybelle, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

Agree with above.

There is no good way to name drop, especially about someone from a different service. And if the chief of medical service wishes to influence hiring, they need to do it themselves.

(have to wonder about a facility that would permit Medicine service to influence hiring decisions regarding Nursing, but I suppose that happens)

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Don't. It would probably make you come off as looking desperate than networking. It could carry a little weight if you actually worked with her and not just her kids, but even then it'll still come across as awkward, especially since she's not even a nurse.

What you could do is let her be the one to drop your name to them--since she offered to let you mention her, why not ask her if she'd mention you? Or you can list her as the employee referrer (with her blessing, of course) when filling out future applications at that hospital.

Best of luck tomorrow!

Thanks for the feedback- you're right it would sound weird. So I didn't mention it...thanks!


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