Here is a summary of what I have learned during this week in Nursing Leadership:
1. My main takeaway from class this week is learning what makes a good and bad interview when interviewing potential clients for a position, and what are good types of questions to ask during said interview. I really enjoyed watching the lecture for this week because our professor went into depth all about the behind the scenes of hiring new employees for a position. He answered a lot of questions that I have had about how that process works and he taught everything very clearly. I now know how I will conduct with future interviews if I am ever in that position. I will use good behavioral based questions, I will make sure to not ask any illegal questions, and I will make sure that not only is the interviewee a good fit for the position but also that we are a good fit for them.
2. This week we had the opportunity to work as a team and discuss different potential employees and out of the options, which person we would want to hire for the position. It was interesting reading through everyone’s opinions and realizing we all had different opinions about who we should hire and why. It made me realize that we all see different things we want to see because we all have different backgrounds and likes and dislikes that can sway our opinions. It was also really good to compare our ideas and come to a decision because it showed that we had good teamwork and we respect each others thoughts. My opinion didn’t change about who I thought was better for the position but I was able to see why the other candidate was also a really good choice.
3. I’ve realized that it’s important to compare ALL qualities of a candidate to the rest of the candidate pool. There will never be a perfect applicant so it’s important to weight the pros and cons and determine who will be the best fit for that particular position. It’s also more important to assess for behavior rather than strictly resume because you want to see how this person is going to handle this particular job. Sometimes that perfect person won’t have the perfect resume. I also learned how important it as a future nurse leader and potential manager that it’s important to be flexible. People aren’t staying at jobs as long as they used to so it’s important to recognize that turnover will probably be high and you always have to be ready to fill those positions.
4. I really enjoyed learning the material this week. It wasn’t so much applicable to my current position as a new graduate nurse but it was really good to lean about what the hiring process is like because one day I’ll probably be involved in that. It’s always informative to learn the behind the scenes of something that you’re involved in and I really enjoyed that.