I did it. I did the interview. It consisted of me walking around amongst 50 other suited females (and occasionally, a male) that are as smart or smarter than me before going through the excitement of picking out my shirt size and then finally sitting in a room with 3 of those smart suited individuals and praying that what I was saying was what the 3 panelists wanted to hear.
I talked about my caring heart, the eye-opening experience that I had in the hospital when I was an inpatient, the challenge that being a mother and a student afforded me, and I explained why I thought UNF was a great fit for me.
In the end, the result?
And I think I know why…I hardly talked about nursing and everyone else in the room talked about nursing. I talked about my experiences, and myself and a lot about UMC. But I didn’t talk about nursing.
And I think I became a victim of my 11 years in business. In a business interview, you talk about yourself – who you are. You don’t talk about your field. You talk about you and why your experiences make you good for that job.
In this interview, you’re basically applying to become something you never ever ever have been before. Something you don’t really know a whole lot about, but think you would be great for…I see why they choose who they do…they want to make sure you’re committed to nursing!
Now, having said that – I didn’t bomb my interview. I basically did well, but not GREAT!. How do I know?
Well, because people with scores even better than my 335 TEAS and 3.9 GPA got flat out denied. No waitlist, no option for maybe…just denied, leaving me to believe that it had to be their interview.
So I did well on my interview and OK on my TEAS.
As I wait for that call to come on in once those who just applied to UMC as a back up release their spots, I prepare to apply for the fall semester with the knew knowledge that I need to do well on my TEAS and GREAT on my interview — two places I definitely believe I can improve now that I know how the game is played.
Remember, this is all new to me — and I’m so terribly proud of myself for trying this cold turkey. I know what to expect now, and the fact that I didn’t get knocked off my horse is an indicator to me that I want this.
I also believe it’s a blessing in disguise — after meeting the current students, I found myself intimidated at the idea of being in a grueling 14 months program after just climbing out of the debt from our marriage and our brand new child while nurturing our brand new marriage and paying for our brand new home. It just sounds like uneeded stress when I can arrive at the same result a few months later with more focus and a lot less tears.
So, I remain hopeful that I’ll get that “call” and even more hopeful that I am totally prepared for NEXT time!