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    When interviewing for a job position, where do should you draw the line in telling them what you know will get you the job vs. what you are just trying to gain experience for a better job? What is your take?


    Be honest and tell them what you can bring to the job you are interviewing for. If you have skills which relate to the job at hand, make sure you mention them. They are not going to ask you how long do you expect to work there before moving on to a better job, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If your passion is to work someplace else, I wouldn’t mention that particular passion during the interview … focus on the job at hand. If you can honestly say you enjoyed your nursing home clinical rotations and you are putting in for a nursing home job … by all means discuss why you liked it, what you learned, and what you can bring to their facility that other people with similar experience (or lack thereof) may not be able to bring.

    They may ask where you see yourself in five years or something like that. If they do, you can mention something about your desire to continue your education either by taking nursing classes or obtaining certification in (such and such) so that you will be better prepared to care for your patients. You don’t have to say that your patients will then be in an a hospital setting in the ICU instead of in a nursing home, but that you value continued improvement of yourself and your nursing skills.

    Whatever you do, do NOT lie to them during the interview. If you do, when people start to call regarding your experience there (for the job you actually want) they will ask (at least in WA) the dates you worked there and if you were eligible to be re-hired there (if you lie in your application or interview, they can list you as “Do Not Rehire” and tell people where you are applying that you are not on their possible rehire list. (In WA there is very little information which can transfer from your current HR department to your future HR department … but tone of voice or “off the record” will let others know if you were upright with them or not.

    When it comes time to leave (earlier than they expected) because you have a better job offer, be open and honest and tell them that another job has opened up, one in which you feel your talents would be better used and has a greater potential for advancement and growth. Give them as much notice as you can before leaving so they have time to replace you and hopefully you can help train your replacement, (here, the expectation is one month notice, but longer is requested if you are able, shorter than that and they can withhold your earned time … that is my hospital policy, not a state law … the point being, give them as much notice as you can and you will get a better reply when people start to call them about you.)

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