Tips for Preparing for Your Next Travel Nursing Job Interview

August 10 / Posted by Christi Hintz

Whether this is your first interview or your fiftieth, everyone can use a refresher on how to be a great interviewee. We’ve gathered some solid advice for you on how to make sure you shine on your next interview.

 

Do Your Research

Before you even apply for a new travel nursing position, you should thoroughly understand what the employer is looking for. Your recruiter should have all of this information for you, so make sure you utilize them by asking a lot of questions before you get to the interview.

 

Get all of the information you can! Not only about the qualifications required, but also about the workplace and the reason why they need a new employee. These details can help you understand what needs you’re filling and how you can best demonstrate that you are a good fit for the position. Take well organized notes to ensure that you don’t forget any of these details, and keep these on hand during your interview.

 

Find a Good Place to Field the Interview

Most travel nurse interviews are held over the phone, since it’s typically not convenient for you to appear in person. This means you have control of your environment during the interview. Ideally, you should find a quiet place that you feel comfortable in where there aren’t many distractions. Make sure that you have a good phone connection and that you have more than enough of a charge to make it through the interview.

 

Alternatively, you may be asked to give a video interview. If this is the case, ensure that your setup is functioning properly by testing it before the interview. You’re looking for issues with lighting, sound, and internet connection, and making sure that your background is not distracting or unprofessional. You should dress professionally and let anyone that you’re living with know not to disturb you during this time.

 

Prepare for Questions

It’s easier to prepare for an interview if you have time to think about the questions before you’re put on the spot. Here are some examples of commonly asked questions.

 

  • How do your qualifications make you a good fit for this position?
  • What did you like about your last assignment? What did you dislike?
  • What’s your biggest strength? What’s your biggest weakness?
  • What do you do to stay current with changes in nursing?
  • Describe a scenario where you overcame a difficult patient/situation.
  • How do you manage stress?
  • How do you deal with situations where you disagree with coworkers?
  • What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Why?  
  • Why do you want this position?
  • What makes you the best candidate for this position?

 

Ask Your Own Questions

Remember, you’re not the only one on trial here. The job interview is just as much an opportunity for you to find out if the job is a good fit for you. Not only that, it shows you are interested and paying attention. So when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” don’t hesitate to ask important questions. Here are a few ideas.

 

  • What is your nurse-to-patient ratio?
  • Will I be floating between different units?
  • Is overtime available? Is it mandatory or on a volunteer basis?
  • What is the scheduling process like? Will scheduling be consistent week to week, or will it change? How far ahead of time will I know my schedule?
  • Do you currently have any other travel nurses working in your facility?
  • Do you have any questions or concerns about my application?
  • How will orientation be handled?

 

If you are able to write while you listen, you may consider writing down additional questions as you think of them so that you don’t forget them by the end of the interview.

 

Don’t ask about your salary, as the person interviewing you does not determine that.

 

Relax!

You’re going to do great! Just make sure you prepare for your interview and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

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