This article is sponsored by Travel Nurse Across America®
The travel nurse phone interview can seem intimidating, because it can feel harder to connect with someone when you can’t see them face to face. However, phone interviews are so common in travel nursing since assignments are all over the country. To make phone interviews easier, treat these conversations like a two-way street. Not only are they evaluating if you are the right fit for the assignment, you should assess if the hospital and position is the right fit for your needs, skills, and experience.
1.) Do: Dress for the Job You Want
It can be tempting to wear your pajamas and do your phone interview from bed. However, taking a shower, getting dressed and getting settled in a quiet place will do a lot to make you feel prepared and confident!
2.) Don’t: Express a Negative Attitude
If you’ve had former bad experiences at an assignment, or a co-worker you didn’t get along with, spare the details. A positive attitude should shine through in your interview. Be honest with your answers, but keep things as upbeat as possible. Focus on what positive came out of a bad situation.
3.) Do: Your Homework
Research what some common travel nursing interview questions are, and write out your answers in advance so you’ll know how you want to respond. It’s also a good idea to do some research on the hospital’s background. If it comes up in the interview, you’ll impress the interviewer.
4.) Don’t: Be Shy
It can feel awkward to brag about yourself, but this isn’t the time to be shy! Have you received any awards or promotions in past positions? Did you take the lead in a crisis situation on the floor? Be proud of your accomplishments, and talk about them!
5.) Do: Ask Questions
Show your interest in the assignment by asking questions about the job. Ask what some of the challenges or perks are about working at the facility, or the particular department. You can even ask, “Do you think I’m a good fit for the assignment?” Asking “Are there any reservations that you have about my ability to do this job that we can address now?” shows confidence and a proactive attitude.
6.) Don’t: Go Silent After the Interview
Chances are, if the interview goes well, you’ll hear back from your recruiter pretty quickly. Make sure to get the interviewer’s e-mail address and send a message thanking him or her for the opportunity to interview. It also never hurts to send a handwritten thank you note!
With proper preparation, travel nurse phone interviews don’t have to be stressful or something to dread. It’s a great opportunity to learn about new assignments, let your personality and experience shine, and find the perfect fit for your next travel adventure!
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Travel Nurse Across America places registered nurses on multi-week travel nursing assignments in healthcare facilities across all 50 states. We offer our travel nurses a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid sick leave, travel expense reimbursement up to $1,000, all necessary licenses and certifications paid or reimbursed, day-one insurance, and multiple bonus opportunities. Whatever adventure you seek – exciting locations, higher pay or the opportunity to advance your skills – TNAA’s experienced recruiters are ready to help you grow your nursing career through travel nursing. For more information on assignments with Travel Nurse Across America, including EMR-related assignments, please, visit Travel Nurse Across America.