Because our nurse manager has tasked me with getting our new outpatient spine program up and going, I’ve gotten a place on the interview panel. Anyone that comes here with a job application, I get first run. So far, it’s been a real challenge to get spine people. Last week, we got a new graduate from a scrub tech program. I say, what the heck? We can’t seem to get any seasoned nurses or techs, for that matter, I figure we can mold this new guy into a spine-team-dynamo. As a new graduate, he won’t have any ill conceived notions about neuro-surgeons and their tempers, or any other nonsense for that matter. A clean slate. I called all of his references and referrals and they all gave sickly sweet, glowing, wonderful reviews. So, why was I skeptical? He has a background in marketing. Am I being judgmental because of his special marketing powers in promoting himself? I asked the other people on the interview team…”oh isn’t he handsome,” one said in response… and instantly, I knew that I had to be the critical one. Questioning my objectivity, I went to look what other hospitals were doing and what applicants they were getting in today’s market. Here’s some of what I found:
- Do you have any questions. – “What is your policy on Monday absences?”
- “If I get the offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?’
- “When you do your background check, does public drunkenness arrest count?”
- Why did you leave your last job – “I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to take anger management classes.”
- Why do you want to work for us – “Just for the benefits.”
- What are your strengths – “Well, I own a bike.”
- What are your weaknesses – “Well, I get angry easily, and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won’t get mad at you.”
- “Just for the record, I can’t work Fridays… I mud wrestle that night.”
- When can you start – “I really need to check with my mom on that.”
- Use three adjectives to describe yourself – “I really hate questions like this.”
- Tell us of a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it – “well, I stole some equipment from my last job and I had to do jail-time for it.”
- Have you given your two weeks notice for your last job – “what’s a two week notice, I’ve always been fired.”
- Any questions for us – “Can I have a cup of coffee… I think I’m still a little drunk from last night.”
Well, After my research, I voted in the absolute affirmative.
That was last week. Today was his first day to orient with me. After today, I feel pretty good and I’m certain he’s going to fit in very well here!