Interview best practices from a healthcare staffing leader.
Success! You’ve sold yourself with your resume, and now you have an interview with the hiring manager. Whether it’s direct hire (full-time) positions, travel nursing jobs, opportunities in travel therapy, or assignments in other allied health fields, plan ahead so you can be at your very best for this important step.
Normally, your first contact will be over the phone. Be sure to confirm times with your account manager and verify whether it’s a face-to-face interview or a phone interview.
Prepare for a phone interview as you would if it were in person. Do your homework. Obtain information about the facility from the Internet, the public library, and of course, from your account manager.
Be sure your environment is conducive to the interview and free from distractions, such as doorbells, pets, the television, and family noises. Have your resume, pen, a notepad, and a glass of water on hand. Then close the door.
If you were interviewing face to face, you would smile, sit up straight, and dress with confidence. Do the same for your phone interview and your voice will reflect it. And refrain from gum, lozenges, or candy.
Strengths and Potential Questions
The prospective employer will have a copy of your resume in hand. Be ready to answer questions about your healthcare career as a travel nurse or travel therapist and the profile you presented. Beyond your skills and experience, discuss what else you will bring to the facility and team. Articulate your strengths and the qualities that will enable you to excel in the travel nursing or travel therapy position. Several questions you may be asked include:
- What can you contribute to the organization?
- What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
- How well do you work with others and get along as part of a team?
- How do you handle stress?
- Why should we hire you over the other candidates?
- Why do you want to work here?
Follow Up Questions
A few well thought out questions from you will demonstrate your genuine interest. Focus on the culture of the facility, the dynamics, equipment related to the job, and how you would fit in with the team.
As the interview concludes, ask if your skills and abilities meet their needs and the requirements of the travel nursing or travel therapy position. The response may provide you with the opportunity to clarify concerns or provide additional information.
If you have unanswered questions, talk with your account manager. We’re here to help you every step of the way!