MY JOB INTERVIEW 12/07

United States
December 7, 2006 11:58am CST
The office had a few patients waiting in the reception area. One was trying to coax the receptionist to give him an appointment without a referral. I carried on a simple conversation with the lady next to me while she waited to be called in. My name was called and I followed my interviewer to a side room where we both took a seat. The air smelled of burnt coffee. My stomach was already queasy from nerves, but the added smell of the burnt coffee made me nauseous. The cross-examination began with introductions. Carol asked the usual questions. I felt I answered all the questions adequately. She began stating the job duties and having past experience working in a busy medical office, I was confident that I could do this job well. Then she said that the other duties would be getting the patient in the exam room, taking blood pressure, weight, etc. I told her that wouldn't be a problem. Then she said I would have to draw blood. My face went pale, my palms were clammy and I said, well, there is a problem. I have a phobia of needles. She said that it wouldn't just be blood draw, it would be injections and assisting the physician with spinal injections. I laughed and said that someone would have to scrape me off the floor. She thanked me for my honesty and I thanked her time and considering me for the job. She will keep my resume on file. But, let me know that most of the jobs that come open for the office includes the need for the person to be skilled in phlebotomy. Although I am disappointed, I am somewhat relieved. I would have taken the job if it had met my needs. Commuting to the job would have been the only thing I wouldn't like to do. The people in this practice are friendly bunch and I would have enjoyed working with them. So, here I am scanning the job openings and preparing cover letters for the jobs I find. Life goes on.
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22 responses
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
8 Dec 06
So sorry things didn't work out. I was thinking of you earlier. Hope you find something soon.
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• United States
8 Dec 06
Something better will come my way. It always does.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Yes, I believe something better will come along, plus you got a practive interview in.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Sorry your interwiew didn't go well, better luck next time.
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• United States
8 Dec 06
All is good, and tomorrow will be even better.
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@caramello (4382)
• Australia
8 Dec 06
You worded that very nicely ElusiveButterfly, and if I was out to employ someone, you would have been a good choice! Your honesty and the way you "joked" about the needle phobia is what makes you who you are. I have been a nurse for many years, and to this day when they take blood from me, I still turn the other way! lol Yes life goes on, and for sure something will turn up for you. Good luck!
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• United States
8 Dec 06
Thank you, I appreciate your comments. I am a very truthful person. I wouldn't lie to get a job, especially one with such responsibilities.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Ah hun, I hope you find something soon. It is said that everything happens for a reason. Hang in there, this too shall pass. I will send you wonderful enegeries. Consider picking up a malachite stone and keep it in your purse. Go into interviews with confidence and you will get a well paying job. BUT, never doubt that you will find something. IF you believe it strong enough, it will happen. Blessed be.
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• United States
8 Dec 06
thanks Tia!
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
7 Dec 06
I am so sorry it didn't work out. I beleive everything is for a reason. Keep looking. :)
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Oh my!! I couldn't do that either. LOL. You are on employment, though, right? If so, I know in my state, that I am required to apply for so many jobs per week and to go on interviews when I get them. If this is so in your case, then at least this helped meet that requirement, plus it gave you interview experience.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
8 Dec 06
sorry, I meant to say unemployment, instead of employement. LOL
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• United States
15 Dec 06
Not a problem, what you got in that mug? LOL
• United States
30 Dec 06
Everything always works out for the best, even if we do not see it at the time. Well,this was posted 4 weeks ago. I am first seeing it now. Where are you with the job situation now?
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• United States
30 Dec 06
I have a couple of really good leads, one is a State job, good pay and benefits! On Tuesday I will bring the application and hopefully get an interview. Who knows.
• Pakistan
8 Dec 06
i must say u r really amongst a few person on this planet who r never hurt! i meant to say u hav the courage to face this world and u r blessed to "take things lightly",what if one opportunity is gone another must be waiting for u my dear!Go get it!u deserve it! actually the most precious asset a person posseses is truth!so never cash ur truth for some bucks!
• United States
8 Dec 06
How nice of you to say these words. It is enlightening to see so many people are caring of someone they have never met. Thank you.
@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
7 Dec 06
Sure am glad I don't have a phobia for needles. I had so many shots when I worked for the government it was afraid to drink water. Am sorry it didn't work out for you.. Who knows maybe there's an even better job for you waiting just down the hall. As the Spanish say. There's nthing bad that something good doesn't come out of it. Nice seeing you again. (PS: was thinking of posting a needle and syringe but then thot better of it.....would never be able to compete for the Best Response.)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Thanks a bunch. I know something will come along eventually.
@kids91911 (4366)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Good one.
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@dan1107 (343)
• India
8 Dec 06
Interesting!! Fobia of needles? I'm really hearing it first time. Anyway, what I want to know is when you know you have such a problem then why you went for the job at first instance? This is inspite of the fact that you already know the nature of the job offered.
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@leilani47 (780)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Good luck in finding a new job! :o)
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• United States
8 Dec 06
Good Luck on finding a job, I know how hard it is out there to find one. If anything goes wrong let me know I might be able to help you. Good Luck and Take Care
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Sounds like you had a good job interview, it just wasn't the job for you. It is good you were honest about your phobia of needles. Maybe an opening will come up that doesn't require using needles and she'll remember you because of your honesty? You never know? If nothing else, consider it good practice for the next interview.
@bobster (219)
8 Dec 06
oh well at least you never took the job eh?
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@saubryn (14)
8 Dec 06
Man, not the kind of thing you want to hear in an interview :( I hope you find the job you want - maybe in a nearby state if you won't have to draw blood there? Good luck anyways!
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• India
8 Dec 06
thnks god i don hav to go for such interviews :) .... my field s quite glammourous :)
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@stalong (88)
8 Dec 06
nice path to go on - choose any path and go on it till you don't reach your destination... you will one day...
loved my interview and the interviewer she was sexy...
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@hm1177 (1223)
8 Dec 06
god i've never heard of an office worker having to give injections and take blood!
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@moneylee (411)
• China
8 Dec 06
I am so sorry it didn't work out.
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