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So you’ve beefed up your resume, spoke to your travel nurse recruiter about a few positions, and now you’ve reached the interview stage. While many aspects of the initial travel nurse interview with the organization will be similar to what you’d expect for a permanent position, there are a few differences. 

Here are five things you should know before your travel nurse interview and what you need to do to nail the interview.

 

1. Ask the Right of Questions

While your recruiter will have answers to your questions regarding pay and logistics, they don’t necessarily have all the details about the position itself. With the different arrangements various hospitals and staffing companies have, it’s very possible that your recruiter only has information on the pay rate, shift, and unit. In order to make sure that this opportunity is right for you, it’s important to get all of your questions answered by the hospital’s interviewer. Once you get on the phone with the representative from the hospital, that is when it’s crucial to ask about the hospital, the unit, and the expectations they have.

 

2. Prepare for Detailed Questions About Your Experience

Your interviewer, likely the nurse manager, is tasked with making sure that the right candidate will integrate with their existing team seamlessly and will require as little training as possible. Because of this, expect in-depth questions regarding your clinical skills and questions to gauge your ability to learn quickly and adapt.

 

3. Display a Great Attitude

Just as important as your clinical skills are your attitude. With Travel Nurses, a positive attitude, compassionate nature, and a team-oriented mindset can all go a long way in making them a valued provider for the length of their assignment. Additionally, a great attitude can make it easier for a travel nurse to integrate into an existing team.

 

4. Show Off Your Soft Skills

Clinical skills are important, but soft skills are also a key aspect of what makes for a good travel nursing candidate. Be prepared for the interviewer to read into your responses in order to assess your communication skills, people skills, and conflict-management skills. The interviewer will expect responses to questions detailing your behavioral or competency-based approaches in previous and future nursing positions.

 

5. Prepare for Verbal Offers

When  you’re interviewing for permanent positions, there are usually several rounds of interviews before an offer is made. But with Travel Nursing, verbal offers are often made during the phone interview.  As excited as receiving a verbal offer can be, should not accept the offer immediately unless you already have all of the details worked out with your recruiter and are certain that you will accept the assignment. If the details are still in the air or if you’re not sure that it would be the right fit for you, you should ask the interviewer to send the offer to your recruiter to work out the details.

 

Key Take Aways:

  • Interviewers are looking for nurses that will integrate quickly, meaning that you have the clinical skills, soft skills, and attitude that will be an asset to the team.
  • Your recruiter might not have all of the answers about a position, so make sure to prepare a list of questions about the unit, patient-nurse ratios, and other hospital specific points.
  • If all goes well, you may get a verbal offer on the phone – but don’t accept it right away unless you have all of the details ironed out and you know this is the right assignment for you.