Many travel healthcare interviews are conducted by phone. Because of long distances and the need to fill positions quickly, phone (and sometimes video) interviews are often a must. Though you won’t be face-to-face with your interviewer, you can still make a great impression and land the job. Here’s what you can do to prepare.
Five tips for acing your travel healthcare interview
Preparation is the key to success. You can polish your phone interview skills with the following:
- Choose a quiet place in your home for your interview. You’ll want to minimize—and ideally eliminate—any background noise or distractions. Find a part of your home where you can close the door and be alone for an hour or so. This way, you’ll help ensure you’re focused and can listen closely to the questions—and deliver your very best answers.
- Know your resume by heart. Two of the most important things the interviewer will want to know about are your work experience and clinical skills. Be able to deliver a summary of what you’ve done and how you’ve helped your past facilities. Include numbers, if you can, such as the bed count at the facility, patients in your caseload, etc.
- Let the interviewer lead the interview. It may seem like a good idea to try to take charge and give the interviewer an earful about who you are and what you’ve done. And it can be difficult to gauge someone’s reaction or verbal cues when they are not sitting directly in front of you. However, it’s a good idea to let the interviewer run the show. They have a list of information needed to gain a full picture of you, and to talk around this can be a mistake.
- Don’t give one-word answers. While you shouldn’t attempt to monopolize the conversation, you’ll want to give the interviewer enough information. Provide enough detail to answer questions without getting too verbose—two or three sentences, depending on the detail required, should do the trick.
- Ask questions if you have them. The best travel healthcare workers are those who are enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Chances are, people like this will have questions and want to know more. You may wish to ask your questions as the interview is progressing (if it feels right to do so), but most likely, the interviewer will save time at the end of your interview for questions and answers.
Congratulations and good luck!
Your interview is a positive step towards your next travel healthcare assignment. To do your very best, simply be prepared. In addition to the above, you can also practice your answers to standard interview questions that you may be asked, including, “Why do you want this job?” and “Why are you a good fit for this position?”
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