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Got "ghosted" by the local hospital

mic347mic347 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
edited July 16 in Multiple Degree Programs
I applied for a volunteer position at the local hospital and they called me for a phone interview that lasted 4 minutes. I guess I didn't show enough enthusiasm for being a shelf stocker (the only position they had open) at their gift shop because the interviewer said they'd call me back and email me. They never did either, it's been 2 weeks and none of my calls or emails are being responded to lol. Random, but I just felt stressed and wanted to get it off my chest. The other hospital I'm going to apply for a position at is 40 minutes away, whereas this one was only 15 minutes away. I guess I'll just have to work something out then haha. /rant

Replies to: Got "ghosted" by the local hospital

  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 2,302 Senior Member
    Maybe the main person has been on vacation and you will get the offer tomorrow!! Or maybe not since the hospital gift shops I have been in recently don't need much restocking.
    But good luck.
  • mic347mic347 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    edited July 17
    Nah, I don't think so. It was a pretty bad interview if I'm being honest lol. Thanks though! @CheddarcheeseMN
  • GoldenRockGoldenRock Registered User Posts: 857 Member
    FYI. At least in in most of the places in Bay Area in NCAL, HS volunteer positions start with either Gift shop or Front Desk. Now a days I see many places in the web site itself they explicitly state, first any volunteer need to have 100 hours before they can be assigned to other activities like birthing center or ER. Even there, primarily volunteer will do some tasks.
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Interviewing gets better with experience. Whether you feel it was a good or bad interview aside, it is terribly unprofessional for the hospital not to have at least acknowledged your interest w/ a polite thanks but no thanks. That's totally on them. Keep putting yourself out there!
  • Muad_dibMuad_dib Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    Get used to it. Many people interview for a job out of college and don't hear back afterward. The interviewers simply don't have the time or the inclination to stay in touch with everybody.
  • bsmdegreebsmdegree Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    edited July 17
    @mic347 "I guess I didn't show enough enthusiasm for being a shelf stocker (the only position they had open) "

    You are honest. Most of hospital volunteering works for high school students are

    Answering phones, collating mailings, running errands throughout the hospital campus, assisting in the gift shop, delivering flowers and mail, delivering newspapers to the units, escorting patients to and from testing, greeting patients as care companions, feeding patients who need assistance, or helping visitors at the reception desks to find their way...

    Are these tasks "medical" experiences ? lol

    IMHO, BSMD programs admin officers should NOT base on these kinds of "medical" experiences to qualify applicants.
    (If they do, they should spend time VERIFYING them. e.g. shadowing 100+ hours looks good in applicant's medical experience but only it is NOT a fabricated one; they should also consider the applicants living areas, e.g. some applicants may have to drive 40+ miles to a near hospital.)
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 22,708 Senior Member
    Well, first, agree that inexperienced volunteers often do have to start at the gift shop or whatever. It's not like you can walk into some other responsibilities cold. Once there, you're at least in the environment. After you start to prove out, you try for more.

    And the BSMD programs I know aren't looking for shadowing. Nor some club or some fund raiser. They want to see something where you're more involved in health delivery or advocacy. For the more competitive programs, you don't get to just insist you want to be a doc or claim you're dedicated, but can't get involved. Think about it.
  • mic347mic347 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    @lookingforward @bsmdegree @rwmannesq @GoldenRock

    Thank you all for the advice! The interviewer did explicitly state that the only positions open for under 18's (I'm almost 17) are greeters and gift shop workers. Clinical contact is not allowed for under 18's. Understandable, but unfortunately, I don't turn 18 until right after college app deadlines. I'll see what I can get with applying for this next position.
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