Interviewing for any job can be stressful. When you add the variable of travel nursing on top of it, you open yourself up to an entirely new experience. There are a lot of things you can do to make sure your next travel nursing interview goes smoothly and make the right impression on the hiring manager. Here is our interview guide for aspiring and experienced travel nurses to ensure that you make the right impression.
Focus on communication
Travel nurses often come into established situations with less information than their permanent counterparts. This is just an aspect of the career. But having the ability to communicate, both asking and answering, will be an essential part of feeling comfortable in any environment.
For the same reason, you should demonstrate to the interviewer how you remain flexible on the job. Flexibility is often the name of the game for travel nurses since situations can change with little to no notice.
Research the hospital
Before you interview, do your homework. Impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their facility. Even a simple online search and looking into the website for the hospital will help you with a general understanding of what it is that they do.
Your recruiter may ask you to contact the hospital yourself rather than scheduling a call. If this is the case, don’t delay. Taking too long to make that call may inappropriately communicate a lack of interest in the position.
Ask smart questions
You should also be asking questions along the way. Questions should involve things like asking about the patient ratios, weekend schedule and overtime expectations, and what the policy is around call-offs.
While you certainly need to prepare with homework and armed with questions, you should also be prepared to answer any question you may be asked. Since you’re on the phone, keep your own resume handy to help you provide concise and accurate answers.
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