In a little more than three months, if everything moves as it should, I will be a registered nurse. I’m not celebrating just yet. Twelve credit hours and a big test remain for me to tackle first. But I can see the sunlight rising for this new day of transitioning from student to official nurse.
And on this horizon? Job interviews.
Yep, I’ve been donning blazers and muted lipstick and polishing my best answers to, “How do you handle conflict?” even as I, before and after interviews, chat over coffee with friends who are already nurses about hours and pay and what hospital units are REALLY like.
I’ve added to my vocabulary phrases like “lifelong learner” and “team player” and “critical thinker” — concepts that do authentically describe me, I must say — so as to tailor my interview answers to what I know will please nurse managers.
But I decided a while back, and I’m sticking to it, that I will not, intentionally, try to sell myself. No hard sales tactics here. No attempts to convince people with words or gestures or promises or any other dubious forms of persuasion that I am their girl.
See, at first I was afraid of job interviews. “How do I convince them?” I thought. But then it hit me: I do not convince them. No, really. I decided I would not even think about “selling myself” at all, and, in fact, I have not.
As a consumer, don’t you hate the so-called “hard sell?” I do. I make decisions on purchases based on the quality of the item and whether or not it meets my needs. If a salesperson comes along and tries to push me, forget it. A hard sell is not only annoying, but it also can be insulting, as it implies I’m foolish enough to fall for persuasive tactics rather than assess quality and make a solid, wise decision.