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Seven Missteps to Avoid During a Travel Nursing Phone Interview

Nurse-ThinkingWhen you are doing a job search, you may have a travel nursing job interview over the phone. This is even more likely when you are looking for a travel nurse position and the job is located some distance away. Healthcare organizations may use a phone interview as an initial screening device to save time and money.

If you are asked to do such an interview, what should you avoid?

Treating it like a chat instead of a real interview.

Just because you are doing it over the phone, don’t think it’s not a real interview. Phone interviews are used as an initial screening process to sift through a group of applicants and eliminate those who do not meet the requirements for the job.

If you want to make it to the next step in the process, give the phone interview your best effort.

Not preparing for the interview.

Treating the phone interview like any other means doing your research on the healthcare organization and preparing responses to anticipated questions and practicing those responses.

Not having a good location to make the call.

You need to find a quiet place where you can talk without being interrupted. Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair.

Not having a good phone connection.

In the past, career experts advised using a land line for phone interviews, but that may not always be feasible these days. Make sure you have a reliable connection with good sound quality.

Not paying attention to your tone of voice.

In a phone interview, your voice becomes even more important than in a face-to-face encounter because it is the only way you will be able to make an impression on the hiring manager. Make sure you sound enthusiastic and energetic.

Not focusing completely on the interview

You must give all of your attention to the call. That means closing all of the programs on your computer, including email and instant messaging. Turn off the TV and any background music.

Not having the right materials.

The hiring manager will have your resume and cover letter with them; it should be in front of you too. You should also have any notes you made about the healthcare organization, so you can refer to them.

How to Find a Travel Nursing Job

MedPro Healthcare Staffing is Joint Commission certified and has placed thousands of healthcare professionals in medical facilities around the United States. MedPro has contracts with more than 300 healthcare organizations and services more than 2,500 healthcare facilities in the U.S. MedPro works with each of our job candidates individually to find the right job for them and to give them a rewarding work experience.

If you are an experienced healthcare professional interested in travel nursing, contact MedPro today at 1-800-866-8108 or apply below!


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