How to Ace a Travel Nurse Phone Interview.


Now that you have decided to try travel nursing and working with a recruiter to complete all the paperwork what is next?  Next is the interview.  Question is how do you interview for a job that is a temporary job and miles away.  The answer is a phone or video interview. Let’s look at some ways to ace a Travel Nurse phone interview.

Any interview can seem intimidating but by phone, it may be harder to connect.   When you can’t see the interviewer face to face it makes it hard to read their reaction to your comments.  Since job assignments are nationwide phone interviews are common.

Video phone calls are also another way to accomplish a long distance interview.  These are less common but could be an option for some agencies.  All interviews should be a two-way street.  You are evaluating if the assignment and hospital are a good fit.  The agency is evaluating if your skills and experience meet the needs of the job being offered.

Prepare for the interview just as though it were in person.

Dress for the Job

It is just a phone interview so who is going to see me?  Unless you are scheduled for a video interview it is tempting to take the call in your pajamas.  Part of preparing your mind is preparing your body.  Take your shower, get dressed and settle in a without distractions.  These simple steps will help you to feel prepared and confident!

Avoid a Negative Attitude

Employers are not interested in bad experiences from another assignment or co-worker.  Stay positive and let your attitude shine.    Make sure to answer honestly to questions and don’t overshare.   Positive outcomes from bad situations are best shared when needed.

Ask Questions

The interview is a two-way street.  Ask questions about your assignment in the facility to show your interest in the job.   Be proactive and ask whether you are a good fit for the assignment Find out if there are any concerns with your ability to fill the position.  You might want to know if there are challenges in you need to be aware of.

Brag about Yourself

Many nurses find it hard to brag about the good job they have done.  When you have accomplished work that led to awards or promotions share that positive information. Are you a strong leader and work well with others?  Be proud of what you have accomplished.

Research Common Travel Nursing Questions

Research common questions for travel nursing interviews.  Write out the answers to these questions and have them handy for responding as needed.  Keep pen and paper handy to write information that you learn during the interview.

It’s always good to learn what you can about the hospital’s background. It is impressive to know about your next location.

Stay in Touch after the Interview

If all goes well with the interview you should hear back quickly.  Make sure you have contact information for the interviewer.  Send a message thanking them for the opportunity to interview.  Going old school and sending a handwritten note is impressive.

It is always good to be prepared for an interview and it goes a long way to reducing stress.  Preparation is a great way to learn about a new assignment and finding the perfect fit for your new travel adventure.



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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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