Congratulations on deciding to embark on the exciting adventure that is travel nursing! It’s time now to start thinking about your forthcoming interviews. Whether this is your first time going through this process or you are a seasoned pro, we’re happy to provide some ideas and insight here for you.
Conveying the breadth and scope of your experience and passion for what you do can be difficult under the best of circumstances; a telephonic interview is NOT always the best of circumstances so it’s good to be prepared. Here are 3 things to do before your interview happens:
- Sound your best
Does your phone typically have a big delay or does your Bluetooth headset cause one? This delay can either cause you to talk over the interviewer or make it seem like you’re thinking too hard about the answer. Either way, these factors can misrepresent you and that’s not something you want in an industry where you may work assignments at the same facility many times over the years.
Ensure you know of a good place where the reception is clean and the atmosphere is conducive to you being able to hear everything. Of course, the counterpoint to this is that the interviewer may be able to hear everything as well so ensure you give them the opportunity to clearly hear you talk about why you would be a good fit for their facility. Also be aware of wind noise, try not to be chewing in someone’s ear and ALWAYS remember that a toilet flush very clearly identifies what you’re doing during this interview; the flush can wait!
- Document everything you can
It’s a good idea to have a pad or paper and a pen with you for interviews. Be sure you get the name of the person who called you as well as the name of the facility. These tidbits will help when you let your Recruiter know that you were contacted for an interview. Take notes and don’t be shy about asking the Manager to repeat something; you may even get bonus points for being thorough in an industry where charting comprises everything.
I also recommend copying down the number that shows up on your caller ID. Nurse Managers are busy folk and may have to interview you quickly when they can fit it in to their schedule. She may have called from her office number or from her cell phone and you may need to reach her in the future to get a question answered or to pass along to your Recruiter. After you get the job, she would probably give you the best number to reach her anyway so don’t feel bad about keeping this information for yourself.
- Be confident
This seems fairly self-evident but it bears some repeating here. After all, this is a position you want and nerves from anxiety or from excitement can still affect how you come across during an interview. You are a nurse and you were called to this profession because you are a caretaker and a healer. You can not only handle this job but you will thrive with this challenge! Don’t forget this!
That having been said, don’t overcompensate to the point of arrogance. Everyone has worked with someone like that and it’s not an enjoyable experience. Travel nurses are walking into a unit of core staff nurses who already know the strengths and weaknesses, the flaw and idiosyncrasies of their coworkers so being able to get along with your future teammates will score you big bonus points with the Nurse Manager who wants to cut back on her babysitting duties!
Okay, you’re ready for your interview now. Good luck!
In the next section, we will talk about some tips for making the interview as successful as possible.