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How to NOT interview for your RN/LPN job!

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[color=#b22222]a couple of additions:

 

don't bring your pets (gal came with an itty bitty dog in her purse) or children. seriously.

don't chew gum . . . no matter how dry your mouth gets, chewing gum during an interview is just not professional.

please don't start off the interview with a litany of things you won't do . . . such as work nights, touch poop or look at old people.

wow, has that really happened? actually, there is a woman in my nursing class that i can totally see saying those things... :eek:

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I actually disagree with many posters on here and agree with the manager regarding the makeup comment. Maybe my mother was old fashioned, and perhaps all my instructors throughout high school and college were as well, but I was always taught that a professional woman ALWAYS wears tasteful, minimal, looks like you don't have any on makeup. I'll always remember the military recruiter who came to my high school careers class who told us that even in the army women are taught how to apply tasteful makeup.

This doesn't mean wear stage foundation, or the new colors from MAC and cherry red lips. It means a neutral foundation that matches your skin tone and evens it out, a very neutral eyeshadow, and maybe not even lip color but lip balm. Yes even if you have a "perfect" complexion a touch of makeup enhances it, makes you look put together and adds a finishing touch to your look. Interviews are first impressions. Dressing the part makes you look like you spent time this morning thinking about this interview, and that you care about the job. It has nothing to do with looking expensive, nor does it mean the manager is shallow in expecting you to come in looking professional.

I have never understood that... If it looks like you don't have any on, let's take the easy route and don't PUT any on.

I wear make up every single day but I totally disagree that you have to wear makeup in order to look professional.

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

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I have never understood that... If it looks like you don't have any on, let's take the easy route and don't PUT any on.

I wear make up every single day but I totally disagree that you have to wear makeup in order to look professional.

That's true...I mean, most men don't wear it and no one questions their professionalism for that reason.

Makeup alone isn't going to make you look professional, nor will not wearing it suddenly make you the most unprofessional person out there. That's just one facet of many that make up a professional appearance.

I agree with the majority here that a little subtle (key words: little and subtle) makeup can add some polish to your look and enhance your features so they notice them and not your makeup.

But if you are lucky enough to look--or be able to look--polished without makeup and choose not to wear it, then more power to you!

As for me...until they can come up with a guaranteed cure for rosacea, I'll still be frequenting Sephora.

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I want to know how are these weirdos scoring interviews? Surely your HR department is doing something wrong in the screening process if these people keep getting chosen... I know dozens of incredibly talented, accomplished, eager and professional new grads (fellow classmates) that no one has bothered to invite for an interview. What's up with that?

Quality candidates don't need to be told not to wear pajamas to an interview. You should be thankful that these people you describe make it so obvious that they aren't qualified. Are these really the best candidates you can find, or are you just not screening your applicants?

I have an interview later this week, and I hope to God my interviewer isn't like the author of this thread. You've been given incredible power that can shape a new nurse's destiny. Don't whine about the naive young nurses you interview on a public forum. It makes you look like the unprofessional one.

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phillycpnp-pc has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Peds Med/Surg; Peds Skilled Nursing.

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Thank you for the information and advice. I'm RN of 6 years. I have been unsuccessful on some interviews and could not figure out why. I did dress professional however, I did not give examples and just gave simple answers like "i'm a team player" or "i'm a fast learner" etc. Also i did not show how willing i was to learn a new skill set, as you mentioned above. Thank you so much. I am going to approach interviews differently now.

When i went on my very first interview for my first peds job as a new grad, HR did a group interview. One girl had on black stretch pants with brown uggs. I always wondered if she got the job back then.

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wish_me_luck has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I agree with lrobinson5. I was with you up until the no makeup part. I personally hardly ever wear make up and it's because I look fine without it. I wear it occasionally if I am having photos taken (like the ones for pinning); but I usually go without. Like I said, I don't think I need a lot and it gets quite expensive. Then, some people have personal/religious beliefs against it.

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Am a male nurse, I will be having an interview for an RN position in two days. After reading the post here, I guess I'll be wearing black pants with long sleeve shirt. I was going to wear scrub but not anymore. Thanks nurses wish me best of luck!!!

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Viva and others; thanks for sharing these tips.

I truly found it hard to read/hard to believe many of those situations are actually happening. In today's job market especially - seriously get some advice from mom,dad or a trusted friend.

Maybe the competition is not REALLY ALL THAT out there if these are literally the types who are showing up for interviews. *Damn, there I go being judgemental and all.

And don't be aghast as those who are on the OTHER side of the desk in your interviews explain what makes them tick. They are who you need to convince; whether you think these tips are harsh or not...do you want a good job? Or are you just wasting yours and their time?

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Cstatic - your post stated you didn't think people were perhaps getting the information they need about 'appropriate' dressing for different circumstances.

I think that although there may truly be exceptions as you mention; the majority of people do receive this sort of information - if not through family or friends, throughout their high school years, media...somewhere.

I think most of the ones who don't follow the general guidelines on interviewing, dis it. They believe they are their own special lil flower. Nods, we are all.

But, when you are competing for a job - the playing field is leveled in a myriad of ways. First impressions, being able to handle the interview aside from a reasonable amount of nervousness, dealing with the interviewers' personal or subjective opinions etc is part of what is measured along with your credentials.

The other applicants being considered for this position at the same time as you most likely meet or exceed the credentials you have, or they wouldn't have made the cut either. You need to go 110% to be the one selected. These suggestions are ways for you to stand out in a positive way. Don't have to like it, and other posters in this thread aren't saying you do. They are trying to advise you that is how it works. It is what it is.

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Loved your last post Boston; helpful tips except for one.

I say BS on the single mom criterion/slam, though I know there is absolutely no way to defend against it... aside from being hired and working your position in just as responsible a way as the childless nurses at your facility.

I've seen plenty of childless/divorced or single adults call in for the flimsiest of excuses...flat tires, 'I totally forgot about my specialist doctor appointment and it takes three months to reschedule so I can't miss it', my calf is sore because I ran a half-marthon yesterday and didn't have the foresight to realize the date would be only one day before my next shift at my place of employment, blah blah blah.

Plenty of single parents (dads and moms) responsibly plan for childcare and have plan B's -- will they sometimes get things fouled up at the last minute? Probably -- but watch closely and make sure you value the ones who do meet your expectations. They respect you and their teams/co-workers and try very hard to fill their obligations because they probably love and/or value their jobs very much.

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ixchel specializes in critical care.

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The first interview is almost entirely based on the first impression. I'm going to put my best foot forward, covering tattoos, removing piercings, you name it. It's too important to not get right completely. The first impression makes or breaks you. I've only not been hired once-- a job in corrections. I'm 5'2", 110 lbs and I have boobs. I think I'm the definition of the last person they want working in jail (except criminals, of course).

When I was doing the interviews in property management, I had a guy with narcolepsy apply for a grounds maintenance position. Bless his heart....fell asleep while filling out the app. Our grounds guys would sometimes do maintenance inside the apartments, so we ultimately decided not to hire him. Imagine coming home to find some guy asleep in your apartment. :(

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Aongroup1990 has 1 years experience as a CNA.

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I believe that really we should just be well -groomed and ourselves in interviews .Research alot of questions that will be ask and practice on going to interviews etc. Learn to talk more with people and nurses, schools should help people with interviews so we know how to present ourselves in better ways.

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