Thursday, December 1, 2011

Early morning

I have never applied for any healthcare jobs before in my life. I've applied and interviewed for a host of other types of jobs, but never anything in the healthcare setting. Well, this week I applied and interviewed for my first healthcare position and I'll be honest - I was pretty lost!

The application process was similar to every other job you can imagine, but once I scheduled my interview, I blanked. What do you wear to an interview when you know your interviewer is going to be wearing scrubs? I had a psycho-education presentation the morning before my interview at one of Richmond's behavioral health sites, so since I was already going to be dressed nicely, I figured I'd just go as-is. I'm still hoping that was the right move because as I guessed, my interviewer and everyone else I met was in scrubs. 

The woman wanted to schedule a follow-up/more hands-on interview, so I figured I would try for today (Thursday) since I was going to be in Richmond anyway. I believe her exact words were: "Great, does 5:30 tomorrow work for you?" I usually get done with clinical around 4pm on Thursdays, so I told her I'd be there - no problem. Then she said something along the lines of "Wonderful, I get here by 4:30 every morning, so come find me up front when you get here." That is when I realized my follow-up interview was at 5:30 am, not 5:30 pm. Yeah.

So this morning I got up at 3:30, hopped in the car, was given some scrubs from the vending machine, and started my "interview" at 5:30. I'm sure all of you out there with small children that regularly start your day at oh'dark-thirty are laughing at me. But I have at least learned to be appropriately clear from here on out when scheduling my interviews, as it turns out, normal rules don't apply. Craaazy.

9 comments:

jennie said...

wow i definitely would have made that same mistake! i cannot imagine interviewing at 5:30 in the morning!! hope it went well!

Ashley said...

oh my goodness I am a zombie at 5:30 in the morning...forget about being behind the wheel of a car at 3:30!! Hope you got the job!!!

Rob said...

Start speaking in 24hr time, and you'll avoid future confusion! ;)

Aunt Michele said...

Are you applying at school for a job???

Katie said...

Nope - I'm applying at the hospital

Dorothy said...

What a crazy interview time! Would you be working that early too?

LA-jan said...

That is not the norm! Wow, I can believe 7am, but not 5:30! Good luck, I'm sure showing up that early must of got you points!

Patty said...

Good thing you realized it was AM before you left!! I do not function well at 5:30 am, let alone 3:30. Congrats on being so disciplined!

Elizabeth said...

that is insane!! glad you at least got to wear scrubs for that one :) hope the interviews went well!