As someone that hires for a company I help run, I couldn't disagree with this more. The interview is a sales meeting. I read an advertisement for a person selling a service. In my current case, someone selling their marketing skills. In context of this thread, someone selling their service as a nurse. I reached out, and scheduled an interview. That's our time to question each other, and sell ourselves to each other to reach an agreement for employment. Part of my job is knowing what the pay range is, knowing what benefits there are, knowing the perks. I am the one that's selling this job to the applicant, not HR. If I am not ready with that information, it says A LOT about my company.
And what do I see from an applicant that asks me about pay, benefits, and raises? Someone planning on working for me long-term, because those details actually matter to that person. When pay doesn't come up, I see that as the person more likely to only use me as a temporary job until they move on. Every single thing in life that we pay for, the cost is a part of it. Why is this applicant not bringing up what we're going to be paying him to work here? I don't know about you, but I am 100% positive that people work to make money. That SHOULD be a major issue.
And then, ask the hard questions. What are the most common complaints that nurses have? What is the retention rate of new hires over the last year?
A job interview is an interview for your livlihood. Don't be afraid to ask. There's nothing wrong with caring about where you're going to accept a job.