I had my first interview yesterday, and I didn’t even realize it was going to be an interview!!
So the other day on the ICU I ran into the Manager and expressed to her that I am very interested in working on the Unit after I graduate. She told me she had absolutely NO openings and didn’t think she was going to hire anyone this time around because the Unit is currently overstaffed. She mentioned that she would be happy to talk with me anyway to tell me more about the Unit and discuss my interest. Just like that she said “Want to come in tomorrow before your clinical starts and we can have a short chat?” Ofcourse.
Before leaving the house yesterday I figured I’d print out a copy of my resume and take it with me, figuring she wouldn’t be interested in it anyway since she was pretty sure she wasn’t hiring, and we had agreed we were just going to “chat”. Guess what the first thing she asked me was? “You didn’t happen to bring a resume, did you?” From there, the “chat” evolved into a full blown 1-hour interview! It was awesome! She still doesn’t think she’s hiring anyone, but she has my resume, we had a good interview, and I am keeping my fingers (and toes, knees, etc.) crossed hoping that a position opens up by the time I’m ready to start.
The moral of the story, besides filling you in on the happenings of my oh so fascinating life? Always be prepared, you never know when someone will ask… “You didn’t happen to bring your resume, did you?”