I am looking for anecdotes and advice from other job changers, or from HR types who ask these questions. In thispost, I mention a job I am interviewing for in a few weeks. It is a nursing position, but it is in an area I have no experience with. I think my cover letter explaining my role in my partner’s small business start up was what made me a short list candidate for this position, because it will be more managerial than hands-on nursing.
An obvious question will be why am I looking for such a drastic change? I am trying to think about this and deciding how best to answer the question.
The truth is, I have had two serious lost-time injuries at work in 2 years. I have seen the quality of care go down, and I know it’s going to go down further. What made my unit good and special (low staff to patient ratio, staff who understood the nature of the patients, close multidisciplinary team work) is being diluted or worse. Several patient families have become overdemanding, and somewhat irrational, to the point where some staff are scared of the families. I am sick of the place and burned out. It is going to get worse, there will be layoffs or bumping within the next two years. I might survive that, but then again I might not, it depends how they cut the list.
I am obviously not going to say this in an interview. But this job is going to be so different from my current job I have to anticipate this question. Any advice/anecdote, stories, whathaveyou appreciated.