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Interviewing Attitude

Published January 15, 2014 2:54 PM by Renee Dahring
During the course of interviewing for a new job you are sure to be asked for the reason you are leaving your current job. How you answer this question is important. Let me guide you through a little exercise to assist you in formulating your response. 

First, I would like you to make a list all the reasons you want to leave your current position. Maybe it's the work atmosphere or maybe your have a boss who is a micromanager. Or perhaps the nurses are hard to get along with and making your workday miserable. Politics - there are always office politics.

It could be your work schedule you dislike, such as the hours or days you are working. And then there are the patients - too few or too demanding - it's usually one or the other. Or pay, could be that you feel that you are not being paid what you are worth and you don't see a raise anywhere in your future. 

Great, now that you have the negatives out of your system please tear up that list and never speak of it again. 

Instead, I want you to replace the list with all the reasons you want a new position. And this list is going to focus on all the positives of a job change. In this list you will reframe being "sick of your current dysfunctional co-workers" to "seeking new people and new challenges." You desire "opportunities for growth" and you have "achieved the maximum potential growth at your current job."

Of course you will remark on how much you have learned, and how you will use that knowledge in your next position. Your dissatisfaction with your pay should be put on the backburner until you are actually negotiating an offer and not brought up as a reason for leaving your current job. I am presuming that you did enough homework prior to the interview to be assured that the pay range for the new job meets your expectations. If you don't already know the pay they are offering then shame on you!

My point with all this is that you need to project a positive attitude during your interview. Find a way to put a positive spin on your experiences. Nobody wants to hire someone who is a complainer or who is negative. Employers put a great deal of weight and importance on behavior. How you act during an interview is a proxy of how you might act with your colleagues, and more importantly, how you might act with a patient. 

Oh, and if you have been taking your work complaints to your social media page you might want to do some turbo deleting. 

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