Nurse recruiter blew me off. Is this normal?

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After numerous applications, a nurse recruiter contacted me to set up a phone interview. We set it up for a particular day/time/phone number. The day before I researched the company.... then on the day of the interview, she did not call! I sent a polite email saying I am at a certain number and to call at her convenience (after the recruiter missed our interview time) and heard nothing.... So I guess they are no longer interested in me. But is this normal.... are recruiters skipping out on scheduled interviews these days? Just wondering.... Thanks!

RNbellashadow

21 Posts

I got a form letter rejection note 1.5 hours after the scheduled interview.... I guess that is why they did not keep the interview. But, geez, is that rude, or what!

happynurse14

54 Posts

Hmm... It's probably a blessing in disguise that they bailed. Sounds like an unreliable, unprofessional facility! Good luck in your job search!

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Usually it is the other way around....you get the interview and THEN never hear from them again.

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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What you describe is sadly more normal than it should be. The professional thing would have been for her to contact you directly to cancel the interview. That being said, at least they sent the rejection promptly and didn't keep you hanging--I think that's worse.

Sorry it didn't work out. Best of luck in the job hunt.

Specializes in Behavioral health. Has 10 years experience.

That's more than rude. Blatantly unprofessional. They didn't have the fortitude to inform you and used email to hide. If you're very angry and want to make change write a letter to the VP of HR and CEO. This type of behavior hurts their reputation. If you just want stick it to them put your story on opinion websites and social media.

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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If you just want stick it to them put your story on opinion websites and social media.

And if the OP did that, I can guarantee that they will never ever get hired at that facility.

If the OP decided to escalate this matter up the food chain, the OP needs to be careful about how they proceed. It's definitely an employer's market--it's not as though hospitals are starving for applicants. And it'd be very easy for OP to be blacklisted or **** off someone important...and as nursing is a small world and you never know who may know who and where, that may make it harder for OP to get hired elsewhere as well.

IMO, I'd let it go: not excusing the nurse recruiter's behavior in any way, but the more important battle is to get hired somewhere. Once you have secured a job, then you can drop notes to management about how the recruiter treated you.

Nibbles1

556 Posts

Let it go let it go.... Consider it a blessing and keep your chin up. I put in 33 applications before I got a crumby low paying job. I took it because I was desperate. Found another job three weeks later.

Nibbles1

556 Posts

And yes that was very rude of them.

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Meriwhen

Yes standing up for yourself is not risk free. Emiliano Zapata said "I rather die on feet than live upon my knees". Yes there are some battles that should not be fought. For me personally, It's worth the cost to maintain my self respect. Again that's me. I will not look down on those who feel different. Everyone has to decide for themselves.

We will have to agree to disagree.

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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Meriwhen

Yes standing up for yourself is not risk free. Emiliano Zapata said "I rather die on feet than live upon my knees". Yes there are some battles that should not be fought. For me personally, It's worth the cost to maintain my self respect. Again that's me. I will not look down on those who feel different. Everyone has to decide for themselves.

We will have to agree to disagree.

Fair enough. Only the OP can decide if the battle should be fought. If there are many hospitals in the area, then there's a better chance that squawking about this recruiter won't negatively impact their chances of getting a job. But if that facility the OP applied to is only one of a handful of games in town, the potential damage is great.

And unfortunately, creditors do not appreciate either self-respect or the battles we have to choose to fight--they just want payment when due.

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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Also, this thread reminded me of a story that my class was told by one of our nursing instructors...a cautionary tale, if you will:

One of the schools I attended is affiliated with a hospital organization. As such, the organization would first try to place its own graduates in positions in its several hospitals before it accepted applications from the outside. Their grads weren't guaranteed jobs, but did get priority over other applicants.

Well, a graduate of the school was not happy with how long the school was taking her to find her a job. She took to social media to ***** about it. The HR department of the organization that ran the school caught wind of her activities and tagged her Do Not Hire. It didn't matter that she graduated from their nursing program--she wasn't going to be working for them anywhere.

But how did the school find out about her online activities? From ANOTHER organization's recruiter, who dropped a note to the school to let them know what she was saying about them, and that she was now persona non grata at that second organization too.

Those two organizations ran 3/4 of the hospitals and clinics in town.

And with communities in the South tending to be tight-knit, as well as nursing being a very small world, I wouldn't be surprised if the remaining 1/4 caught wind of it as well.

Choose those battles wisely, indeed.