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How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job!

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I am a woman, I do not wear makeup, and haven't for many, many years. You are setting yourself up for a lawsuit if you do not hire a woman solely because she is not wearing makeup. Do you require makeup of the male nurses you employ? The fact that you are a woman saying this is deeply disturbing.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

goats'r'us- As long as the nose piercing is small and discreet it really isn't a problem. It is the multiple eyebrow piercings, the tongue piercing that constantly clacks against the teeth or that you can't stop playing with that are distracting during the interview process.

Yeah, I would imagine so. . .now it's my turn to be like -wait----whaaaaaaat??? Someone actually did that? I'd have to hire the person who wore their bunny suit to the interview under such circumstances.

cab66

Has 15 years experience.

Wow...I have to say...that it must be nice to be soooo perfect! People go into this profession because they CARE, and maybe your superiors need to reassess your position. I understand, as most ppl do, that you need to show up on time and look professional; however, maybe ...since your so perfect...you could show some of these, "hookers", how they can do better next time! Maybe teaching, or encouraging them, (an important part of our jobs as nurses) would be more productive. We all come from different walks of life, with different upbringings, and experiences! This career is tough enough, without managers who have no compassion or drive to make this world a better place! You need to re-read your letter, because you sound like a very bitter, angry person, who...I am happy to say...works in a back office and WON'T be caring for my loved one! Colleen B. R.N.

NickiLaughs, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care. Has 12 years experience.

This is the best concise explanation.

And I'll re-think gum chewing if you offer compassion (the same as you would to a patient who has dry mouth) and offer another interview-friendly solution? It's more discreet than a water bottle...

When I mentioned the water bottle, I suggested it to be used while waiting for the interview in the hallway or outside. I would NEVER drink it while in the interview. I would NEVER chew gum in the interview either.

Several interviews they actually offered me water but I still declined. I can drink when I'm out of that room.

But then again, I don't wear pajamas in my interviews either. I had two grandparents who hired people for 30 years, they mentioned most of the things on this list.

There's nothing wrong with being artistic, I have tattoos also, I just made sure they're all strategically placed under clothing so no one knows, because I don't want my personal life rolling into my professional life.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 45 years experience.

The people who are deciding whether or not to hire you have ALL the cards. I would rather be called a judgemental meanie 1000 times than advise people to let their free expression flag fly.

On what planet does an HR person stop what they're doing and do an edition of What Not To Wear anyway? They don't. That is horrible advice.

The old saying-- "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" comes to mind. As a hiring manager, it has nothing to do with "Looks" and more about "apprearance and neatness in dress. Apprearance is the first thing on the list but by no means a deal breaker either!

To me its about being on time, being professional, knowing your stuff, and being able to express yourself and communicate in a clear & concise manner. Weve hired people with miss-matched socks before! We hire tattooed/pierced freaks (I am one) but they better at least have the awareness to know the apropriate time to cover/present them. Its a no-brainer.

One thing that sends Red Flags with me is when people bring thier Vacation or Schedule request/demands to the Interview.. TACKY! I understand youve had your cruise planned or kid's spelling bee planned for the last year, but WAIT until I call you back or at least express interest in you.

There is nothing funnier than someone asking "Will I be able to have a few weeks off in March?" during the initial interview... I usually say "I think we can make that happen for you" and they never get it! They actually write it down like they are taking notes about the job... Crazy!

Epic_RN

Specializes in Ortho Med\Surg.

I may be wrong here, and please correct me if I am, but I believe the poster who mentioned make up was referring to over doing it, not that all women should wear it. When I interview, my make up is tasteful and subtle. I think this was the point trying to be made.

While I am only a student nurse working towards a second career, I have done interviewing for my current (non-medical) job. You can argue all you want that it is not right about what the original poster said, but the reality is that she is right.

1. You are being judged from the minute you walk in the door. Period. Every interviewer has a bias and it is not going to change because the interviewee does not like it.

2. If you don't care enough to take care of yourself (look presentable) then how can I expect you to take care of my company, my patients and my guests?

3. I have 50 people submitting applications for every one position that I have open. If the other 49 are dressed appropriately, how in the world do you think that your PJs, jean skirt, stiletto heels, jeans, etc. is going to keep you on equal footing with your competition given all else is equal?

4. I was once given advice to dress as if I had my bosses job. People see you that way, they think of you that way.

I think the original post was good, appropriate and timely. If you disagree, don't follow the suggestions. One day you might be my competition for a job and I will be dressed in my suit and looking the part for the position that I want to get.

I would not waste time looking for signs of a person's ability to do a job if they presented themselves in an unkempt manner. Instead I would cross them off as someone who would show the same inattention to their job as they do their own personal appearance.

Purple_Scrubs, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 8 years experience.

The point of dressing and presenting yourself professionally is not about someone judging you based on looks. It is about presenting youself so that they notice your qualifications and NOT your looks, or wardrobe. You do not want to be remembered as the person who wore jeans to the interview, or the one who was smacking her gum, or the one with too much makeup. By dressing and grooming yourself professionally, you allow your resume, your personality, and your qualifications to shine through.

I am bewildered that there are people attacking the OP. Most of this is common sense for interviews. I guess common sense is nowhere near as common as it should be.

Epic_RN

Specializes in Ortho Med\Surg.

I am bewildered that there are people attacking the OP. Most of this is common sense for interviews. I guess common sense is nowhere near as common as it should be.

Same here.... Makes me wonder if the OP hit a little too close to home for some of them :cool:

jbluehorseh

Specializes in Chemo.

Hey OP I still want to hear about MR or Miss pajamas

trauma_lama, BSN

Specializes in Trauma, Emergency. Has 8 years experience.

Same here.... Makes me wonder if the OP hit a little too close to home for some of them :cool:

YUP. That's what I'm thinking too. Absurd and honestly quite sad that people could be unaware and in denial of the fact that looking nice DOES MATTER. Its not about being pretty or handsome, it's about looking like you give a rat's bum about the way you present yourself and taking pride in yourself. deurrrrrrrrr:idea:

DaniannaRN

Specializes in Quality Control,Long Term Care, Psych, UM, CM. Has 13 years experience.

I didn't read all the responses so if some one else covered this, sorry. But as a nurse with tattoos and piercings, I don't see what that has to do with my abilities as an RN. I have 4 visible tats- 1 on each hand, 1 on my left upper arm, and 1 on my right lower arm. I also have a nose piercing and tongue piercing. One can't see my tongue ring unless they are staring inside my mouth, which they shouldn't be. If I were to cover my tats on my hands because co-workers or managers are offended, I would have to wear gloves all day!

I have never had a negative comment made to me or about me by a patient because of my tats and piercings. Majority of my patients liked them, especially older ones who were not able to get their own. I think it boils down to the biases of the hiring manager. Luckily for me, I've never come across those types.

The judgements based on a nurse's appearance (by colleagues) is one of the billions of reasons why I'm happy to be out of patient care.

I do agree with the OP's other points though. Despite my tats and piercings, I was part of a hiring team at one job. The things I would see and hear scared me.

DebanamRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, ER. Has 10 years experience.

I still wear pantyhose to interviews.:yeah:

I have one thing to add to this list...do NOT come into an interview smelling of SMOKE!!!! I do understand that people smoke and what they do in their time is fine, but working around any patient who is ill and smelling smoke is not pleasant! I grew up in a home with smoking parents, I really didn't like it and always tried to 'cover' the smoke smell with perfume. I now know that did nothing other than make me smell like a smokey flower! I don't know what those who smoke in their homes should do, but figure out a way to lose the smoke smell for an interview!

As far as the rest of the advice, I think that it is right on the nose. I managed a retail store that hired teenagers and I held them to the same standards. I would not hire someone who came in to ask for an application looking like they had just come in from a day at the beach. I continued to hold them to those standards once they were hired. I've had many of these teens thank me for teaching them to always look their best when they come to work. I understand the industries are different, but it is always best to portray self confidence and professionalism with your appearance and dress no matter where you are interviewing!

dirtyhippiegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage. Has 8 years experience.

Our second to last class in our senior year of nursing school was basically entitled "don't dress like a hooker when you go to your job interview." I guess our instructor had gone to a conference with some nurse manager types and one had actually pulled her aside to say that one of the students graduating from the school that she taught at had come to a job interview very inappropriately dressed.

It seems like the biggest problem among my generation and the younger-ish types is that they can't differentiate club wear from business wear. Not even stuff that's incredibly overtly sexual. But showing up in a pair of tight black leather pants and the heavily sequined shirt that they bought off the "dressy" side of Forever 21.

On the other hand, I've worn my "fifth grade khakis" :lol: and an appropriately nice top to a job interview. I also have a nasty habit of fiddling with my wedding/engagement rings when I'm nervous. I've mastered the art of doing it discretely, mostly because the only other viable option is sitting on my hands through the entire interview and I think that looks even weirder.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

wow...i have to say...that it must be nice to be soooo perfect! people go into this profession because they care, and maybe your superiors need to reassess your position. i understand, as most ppl do, that you need to show up on time and look professional; however, maybe ...since your so perfect...you could show some of these, "hookers", how they can do better next time! maybe teaching, or encouraging them, (an important part of our jobs as nurses) would be more productive. we all come from different walks of life, with different upbringings, and experiences! this career is tough enough, without managers who have no compassion or drive to make this world a better place! you need to re-read your letter, because you sound like a very bitter, angry person, who...i am happy to say...works in a back office and won't be caring for my loved one! colleen b. r.n.

i didn't think the original poster sounded angry and bitter . . . venting, perhaps, which is one of the functions of this forum. but not bitter. i don't understand why so many seem to have problems with the perfectly reasonable suggestions the op put forth. and now you're dragging compassion into this? compassion has nothing to do with this discussion, and i'm beginning to think it's a dirty word that shouldn't even be brought up on this forum, since all we seem to do with the word is bludgeon each other over the other's supposed lack of it.