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.
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.