Interview Questions to Ask as a Surgical or Sterile Processing Tech

By Travis Simonin, Aureus Medical, Team Lead/Social Media Medical Recruiter

The best advice I ever received for an interview was, “Remember, you’re interviewing them just as much as they’re interviewing you.” Coming to an interview with questions is vital for your success as it can give you a better feel of what to expect on a healthcare travel assignment.

If a facility and unit are a good fit for you and both parties are clear on expectations and logistics from the start, you’re much more likely to have a happy, successful assignment. And that, in turn, will also allow you to provide the best possible patient care when you’re on the job — making for a win-win-win situation for you, the facility, and the patients.

Knowing what to expect going in will also allow you a less stressful onboarding experience and give you more time to focus on acclimating to your new location and facility. Plus, many hiring managers/interviewers actually really appreciate travelers asking the right questions. It reflects that you’re engaged in the process, that you’re well-prepared, and that you care enough to ask!

As a surgical technologist or sterile processing technician, here are some questions that you can ask during your next travel healthcare interview!

  1. Will I be working weekends?
  2. What areas will I be working in while I am on assignment? Or, will I be rotating throughout the department?
  3. How many cases per day?
  4. Will I have guaranteed hours? If so, how many?
  5. What shift(s) are you looking to fill?
  6. How much on call is required for this assignment?
  7. What case types does this facility work with?
  8. What would past travelers say about this hospital?

Again, having questions prepared for an interview can certainly impress the hiring manager of the facility and will also help you know more about what to expect while on assignment, which is absolutely crucial for an enjoyable assignment.

Is there anything else that you’d add to this list of questions or any other interview tips for surgical technologists or sterile processing technicians? Be sure to comment below!

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