Quote from romashkarn
Hello to all,
I had two interviews last week and no answer so far ?:uhoh21: I do not know what to think .... I called one Hospital and they said that they get back to me ...after 2 days no one called ....it means that they are not interested to hire me ....? And what is this all about shortage of Nurses in the Hospitals ? I do not understand where is shortage ? When I was talking to Nurse Manager she was concern about me having no experience ? How can I have experience if I just pass my Boards !!!
I am so upset with all of this experience !
Any one here to tell me how it really works ?
I went through the same thing in 1996.
Before you go on an interview, find out as much about a facility as you can, you can get that from their website, how many beds, the new expansion on the Mother Baby ward. If they have Magnet status, If they are on the solucent list of "most wired" hospitals, if they do electronic charting. ANY accolades that you can mention on the interview means to that person that you took your TIME to find out about the facility. THAT shows effort and a future conscience employee......
Whenever you go on an interview, follow up with a thank you card, or better yet, if they have given you a business card, their email address. Or even a call. But if you do write an email, point by point mention things discussed in the interview. Squeeky wheel gets the grease, the more the person who interviewed knows your name the better. Even with managers secretary or anyone you come in contact with, remember and use their name, people LOVE to hear their own name (i'm not being weird, it's true, also it's a show of respect). And eye contact is important too.
ALWAYS take notes on an interview...just like you were getting report from another nurse. This practice helps with your thank you email.
They will always ask you questions like "tell me about your worse manager,"
or something like that--the best way to answer that is not to attack them personally, but professionally--if you have witnessed neglegent conduct--and talk about how nurses should be held to a higher standard (that gets me the job everytime--and it is the truth, i witnessed a manager, when we were short staffed, her 1 patient.)
Always talk about how you were happy with your former employers. Anytime you have left a position it was to pursue "opportunites", not just money. Work into the interviews areas which you have succeeded in other careers, anytime you were a preceptor, or a mentor....anytime you were an EXAMPLE for a new employee to emulate...because an interviewer will then SEE YOU as an EXAMPLE.
Always maintain eye contact. Think thoughtfully before you speak.
Managers usually follow a script given to them by corporate, and you will get good at interviewing. Just today, I went to an interview, and she wanted to low ball me, but I recanted and asked for her "friendliest offer." Remember it's a negotiation. <<BTW I got what I had asked for, and a job offer right then...i've only gotten good at interviewing in the last year>>>>>>>
AND if someone gets onto you because you have no experience, have them "consider it an investment for the future." even say things like "I plan to retire from this facility." Especially if in other jobs you have been at one location long term....mention this, I always do.
What do you like in a manager, is another good question: "someone who will work along side me, and will help in a pinch, or when short staffed." "looking to a manager as a mentor, someone I can emulate as a successful nurse who has achieved excellence."
ALWAYs remember, to FAKE IT, TIL YOU MAKE IT. i'm big on those tony robbins tapes about speaking with passion, and I tell you it WORKS. See yourself getting the job. and when you leave an interview, make eye contact and shake the interviewers hand and let them know that you "appreciate your taking the time to explain the benefits of working for __________________,whatever facility you are interviewing with.
Another thing, I ALWAYS wear scrubs
to interviews, with my name embroidered on the shirt. also, i'll wear my badges from my other jobs; as this shows 2 other facilities have me as employee and it makes them think they are missing a good nurse if they don't hire me.
Just a few experiences from a seasoned nurse...up to last year, i wasn't confident in interviewing and the offers I received reflected that. Just think about what you need to say before you say it. You will do FINE!!!!