Congratulations! You’ve just been called by a facility’s hiring manager for a traveling healthcare assignment. It’s time to prepare to “wow” the interviewer with your background, skills, experience, and gung-ho attitude.
Read below for some tips on how to perform well in an assignment interview.
Chances are your interview will take place over the phone. Many travel staffing companies hire healthcare professionals for assignments all over the country, so an in-person interview would be unlikely.
An important note: never forget that you’re interviewing the assignment facility’s hiring manager just as much as he or she is interviewing you. You’re going to evaluate the facility, its management style and more to see if it’s an assignment that meets your needs, just as much as the hiring manager is aiming to see if you’re a good fit for an assignment at his or her facility.
That said, the assignment facility’s hiring manager may be looking at more than one candidate, so you do want to present your best self.
If a hiring manager calls you without warning, it’s perfectly OK to ask to reschedule the interview for a time when you know you won’t be interrupted and in a place you know will be quiet. This also gives you time to prepare.
The interviewer may ask questions based on your application or from a checklist he or she has that details the skills needed for the assignment. It’s smart to have a copy of your application with you when you are on the interview call.
You’re going to be asked specific questions regarding your skills and experience. A hiring manager is looking to find that your experience, skills and knowledge matches his or her needs.
Offer detailed answers, but don’t answer more than is asked. Keep your one word answers (“yes,” “no”) to a bare minimum.
What types of questions should you ask? How about:
- What are this position’s responsibilities?
- How many other travelers are in the department?
- Do you have travelers work in your department often?
- What is the patient-to-practitioner ratio?
- How many other (nurses, OTs, PTs, etc., depending on your profession) also work in the department/unit?
- How often are traveler assignments extended?
- Why are you hiring a traveler now?
- Are there any special skills you need for this position?
Hiring managers are looking for travelers who can learn and get up to speed quickly. They’re also looking for people with a can-do attitude and people who work well on teams. During your interview you want to show the hiring manager (with specific instances, if possible), that you’re that type of person.