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Rejected for Job Offer

So, I recently had an interview and job shadow for a school nurse position.  I received a call from the recruiter and she stated she had good & bad news.  Bad news was that I did not get the job. Good news was that they really liked me.  The recruiter wanted to know if I would be interested in them keeping my name for a future role for a school nurse.  I stated yes and she said she would forward this information to the team.  The recruiter then stated it is only a matter of time.  Has anyone had this type of experience before?  Could this be away for them to soften the blow or do you think they might consider me for a future role?  Wonder what she meant by it is only a matter of time?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education.

It sounds like they had at least one other candidate with similar or better qualifications and chose them for the position that you interviewed for. The fact that they like you enough to keep you on file for another position should one open is a good thing. As for the matter of time comment, it could be they expect someone to retire or otherwise leave a position in the (maybe) not so distant future. Reality of many working environments these days is that staff don’t stick around long- 5 years and they want to try something new/different. 

This has happened to me. I was very qualified for the job, interview went so well the manager gave me pointers on how to negotiate my starting pay with HR. I did not get the job! 

A few weeks after they gave the job to someone else they had another opening and I was offered that job. I soon met the person they hired in the initial opening, turns out it was a "buddy hire". I would say hang in there, it sounds like you have a very good chance at a future job offer.

Thank you for replying. This gives me hope. I thought I may have been overthinking this since I really wanted this job. Hopefully another job will open soon and they will not forget about me. This is off subject but do you tips on negotiating pay? 

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

32 minutes ago, swtnclassyRN said:

Thank you for replying. This gives me hope. I thought I may have been overthinking this since I really wanted this job. Hopefully another job will open soon and they will not forget about me. This is off subject but do you tips on negotiating pay? 

Factor in all your years of experience and research what school nurses in the area are making.

Ask for a bit more than you expect, so you have room to come down for them.

Find out what your insurance premiums are going to cost you and try to get your salary adjusted upward if necessary to compensate.

Don't forget to look at time off in terms sick leave, vacation, paid holidays and personal days.

It might help to think ahead of time at what your ideal compensation package would look like and what is the least that you would work for.  That will give you a negotiating range.

On 7/10/2020 at 6:03 PM, swtnclassyRN said:

So, I recently had an interview and job shadow for a school nurse position.  I received a call from the recruiter and she stated she had good & bad news.  Bad news was that I did not get the job. Good news was that they really liked me.  The recruiter wanted to know if I would be interested in them keeping my name for a future role for a school nurse.  I stated yes and she said she would forward this information to the team.  The recruiter then stated it is only a matter of time.  Has anyone had this type of experience before?  Could this be away for them to soften the blow or do you think they might consider me for a future role?  Wonder what she meant by it is only a matter of time?

I just wanted to update everyone regarding this situation. As I stated in my post last week I received good & bad news regarding a school nurse role.  This week I received a tentative offer for a School Nurse position.  I am beyond excited. Hopefully everything will work out and I will be a school nurse pretty soon.  Thanks to everyone who replied. 😀

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

That is excellent.  Sending good wishes your way.

7 hours ago, TriciaJ said:

That is excellent.  Sending good wishes your way.

Thank You!

4 hours ago, NRSKarenRN said:

The nurses in the School Nursing forum will love to meet you!  Great advice to get your feet wet in this specialty.

https://allnurses.com/school-c37/

I will definitely check this link forum out.   Thank You!! 

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