Most healthcare travel staffing firms never actually meet their employees. The staffing firm may be across the country from any prospective traveler, making an in-person meeting problematic.
This rarely is a problem for the staffing firm; after all, their employees could be traveling to assignments all over the country. Your travel staffing recruiter undoubtedly has performed many phone interviews in his or her recruiting career.
You? Probably not so much.
In addition, you’ll also probably have a phone interview with the person to whom you’d be reporting on a travel assignment.
We know that you want to make a great impression on the recruiter and your prospective assignment supervisor, so we’ve put together a list of questions you should be ready for during your phone interview.
Tell me about your professional experience. A recruiter or on-site manager wants to know that you’ll be able to hit the ground running within just hours of arriving at your assignment. They want to know that you have the experience working with their types of patients and procedures. Answer the question with as much detail as possible (you don’t have to provide information that isn’t part of the question, however).
Why do you want to be a traveler/accept this assignment? It’s perfectly OK to say that you’re excited about the opportunity to travel, but you don’t want to lead with that answer. Start off by saying something along the lines of how you’re eager to learn new skills, and see how different facilities across the country do things.
How does your experience fill this assignment’s requirements? This is where you provide specific examples of how your previous work experience is a great match for the assignment.
How do you stay current in your specialty? Mention the CE courses you’ve just taken, the advanced degree you’re pursuing (or just completed), how much professional reading you do on a regular basis (and which journals you read).
Travelers need to be flexible. Please give me a specific example of a time flexibility was called for? Provide a specific examples of situations where you had to be flexible – whether it was in treatment plans, management, or scheduling situations.
Tell me about the time you had to handle a difficult patient? Be specific. State the problem, state what you did to handle the situation and what the result was.
What could you have done differently in that situation? No healthcare professional, no matter how experienced, handles patients perfectly. There’s always something that could have been done better. State what you learned from the experience and, if possible, give an example of where you took what you learned and applied it successfully to another difficult-patient situation.
Have you ever disagreed with a colleague or supervisor over the management of a patient? If so, how did you handle it and what was the result? Be honest and discuss how you handled the situation; remember to be professional in your response and not speak ill of the other party.
Ask us your questions! If you’re an allied health professional with one or two years of recent professional experience and you’re curious about a career as a healthcare traveler, contact one of MedPro Healthcare Staffing’s recruiters. We’d love to discuss this great career option with you.