Monday, March 19, 2012

How to rock an interview like a grandma.

Mo says I dress like a grandma.
Could it be all the cardigans?
perhaps it's the bun.
or the flats?
or maybe all the neutral colors...
 whatever it is, it's an improvement on comparing me to a jr. high girl when we first met. 
(but that was when I carried a brown corduroy purse, so it was understandable). 
I had an interview for a hospital transfer last week.
That's one thing I love about nursing: you can try out different areas and it's like a whole new job! almost. :) 
I currently work on the Telemetry unit (meaning I take care of patients who specifically need their hearts monitored for one reason or another: strokes, fainting/needing pacemakers, detoxing, etc).
I interviewed to transfer to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) meaning I'll take care of more critical cardiac patients, particularly those who've had surgery. 

This interview? Completely different than any I've done before.
I'm not interviewing to GET a job (I'm currently employed), I'm interviewing to transfer to another position. This means the new boss has already heard about me from other employees and I have a reputation that factors in. 

So let me tell you what I learned:
1. Practice. You know they're going to ask you what your strengths and weaknesses are, you might as well prepare an answer. Mo 'fake-interviewed' me the night before. He's sweet like that.

2. Don't be nervous. If you can help it. It only causes more problems. 
When I get nervous, I get cold. I shiver (hence, the cardigan). But THEN after the interview, my body adjusts and then I'm sweating... obviously, I don't stick around after.
Also, try to relax. I'm not entirely sure, but I think the bottom lid of my left eye was twitching. Does my new boss think I was winking at him during the first half of the interview? 
It's very possible.

3. Don't forget to sell yourself.
New boss: Aren't you a preceptor?
Me: OH, right! I've been precepting new employees and nursing students for about a year now... (I go on to explain...)
New boss: And aren't you also on a hospital committee? 
Me: Yes! I am! I'm on two committees... (I go on to explain, again)
New boss: You know, this is the part where you're supposed to brag about yourself...
Moral of the story: It's much cooler if you can tell your boss the good stuff about yourself without being prompted. 

4. Know what you're getting into. Your new boss will like the fact that you know what the new job will entail and that you think it'll be a good fit. For example, I know the nurses on CVICU only work with 1 to 2 patients, depending on how critical they are. I'm EXCITED about that because I'll finally have time to feel like a nurse. I look forward to not rushing between rooms, doing the minimum amount of care. I'll be able to knew ALL the details about a patient and how I can best help them. A hospitalization is bound to be one of the lowest points in a person's life (unless you're in the maternity ward, of course) and my goal is to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

In the end, this grandma got the job
 I start in May. 
The one downside to the whole thing is going back to night shift.
I have a few ideas to try and make the transition easier this time...


Mo (New on U) said...

Congrats on the new job! I think the change to something more personal sounds really great.

I feel your pain - I'm a weird cold/sweaty nervous person too. It just ups the awkwardness you already feel at an interview :/

Chelsea said...

Congrats Nanna!!
Also welcome to my world of night shift...haha its really not soo bad :) except for that first day off being taken up by sleeping!!

Katie said...

Congratulations, that's awesome!!! This post was really informative and helpful :)

maLyn said...

Yay Anna! Congratulations.
#1 - You do not look like a grandma...but even if you did...grandma style is trendy right now. So either way, you're good.

#2 - Your new patients will love you and you will be the best nurse that they have ever had!

Angie said...

I think you look great but then again I've been told I dress like a grandma too LOL!

Congrats on the job!!!
Oh & detox patients need their hearts monitored? I did not know that!

Karm said...

Congrats on the new job!!
I like the outfit... and I would probably be described as a Grandma too haha because I have had the same hair style in 10 years and I wear flats, flip flops and slacks everyday...

Renee said...

Anna!!!! OMG! Congrats! That is awesome! I seriously despise interviews. I'll have to blog about my interview process for one job one day. It was the worst interview ever!!! I'm so excited for you! :)

momto8 said...

yea for you!! congrats on your promotion actually! Think of the extra $ you get on nights!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Meg {henninglove} said...

whether a grandma or not, you gotta look appropriate for an interview and you definitely look very cute. and it apparently paid off because you got the job, congrats!

Courtney B said...

HA HA! I don't think you dress like a grandma! I actually realllly like your shirt! But my husband tells me that when I do a bun (messy bun) I remind him of a grandma-librarian. What the?? Ha ha. It must be a thing with guys and buns!

Jes said...

hahaha love the name of this post.
and congrats on getting the job!
xx jes, newest follower

Stormy said...

Congrats girl! I can't wait to get to a more critical area as well as I too feel like all I do is run between rooms to do the bare necessities!

M. Flynn said...

You go, Grandma!

Kayla said...

Congratulations on your transfer! I really like your outfit, it's cute!

Ross & Ladonna said...

Congratulations on your new job! You are amazing, look beautiful, & will do a fantastic job! Those lucky people who get to have you for
their nurse!

Becky said...

Congrats Anna girl!! Time to throw a party. :)!

Jayme and Mendi said...

Hey Anna! Thanks for the sweet comment about my March Photos. And yes, that IS a landline...haha. I can't get a good cell phone signal from inside of my house. At the top of my driveway, it's clear as a bell. I don't get it! So landline it is. ;)

Congrats on landing the job!!


Q said...

Congrats on the transfer! I hate interviews -- my throat gets weirdly closed up.

Also, I just stumbled onto this article: It's responding to an article called "No Nurse is an Atheist." I don't know your beliefs, but I was curious about your thoughts on the articles, since you're actually the only nurse I really know of. Maybe get a blog post out of it. ;)

Autumn said...

Well, if that is what a grandma looks like...then grandmas are adorable haha :) I love this outfit!

Alyx said...

Congrats, Anna! That's great!
Hey - night shift... you'll be up while I am... except, ya know, it's day time for me. :)

La Maman Heureuse said...

Congratulations on your promotion!

You don't look like a grandma, just sophisticated! Guess that's typical for men, whenever we wear something we like, they want to the opposite.

Brandon and Christina MacGregor said...

Congrats, sis! You are AMAZING! And you can call me during your breaks since I'm sure the baby will keep up at night. LOL :-)


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