By December 19, 2008 10 Comments

Travel Nursing Job Interview Tips


Does the thought of interviewing for a nursing job make you nervous? If it does you are not alone. A lot of people get nervous during job interviews and as a travel nurse you will be most likely be doing a lot of job interviews during your career. One of the best ways to deal with being nervous is to be prepared. Here are some tips you may find helpful and hopefully can make the travel nursing phone interview process a little less scary:

  • Interview for the travel nursing job as soon as you can. You don’t want to lose the position to a nurse who was able to interview faster.
  • Remember that just because you are in high demand as a nurse that doesn’t mean you can afford to sound unprofessional or casual during the travel nursing interview process.
  • Follow up with your travel nurse recruiter after the interview. They will want to know how it went and if you’re still interested in the travel nursing job.
  • When you are doing the interview set all distractions aside and focus on the interviewer.
  • Remember that being a flexible, team player is one of the most sought after traits in a travel nurse.
  • Be sure to ask questions (I would plan them in advance) and keep in mind that you are interviewing the facility as much as they are interviewing you. You want to make sure it is a good fit for your nursing career goals.
  • Be prepared for your travel nurse interview. Take the time to research the name of the hospital and research it online so there are no surprises in the interview.
  • Smile when you talk it will change the tone of your voice during the interview. Hiring managers need to know that you will be able to fit in with the rest of the unit.
  • Have your goal in mind, which is to present yourself as a competent, reliable and skilled nurse, before the travel nursing interview takes place.
  • Make sure you practice the interview first. Knowing what you are going to say ahead of time will make your answers sound smoother, eliminate the umms and awkward pauses and make you look like a better communicator. Just be sure to stay spontaneous and not sound robotic.
  • Be prepared for the travel nursing interview by finding a quiet place to do it with minimal distractions.
  • Have a bottle of water on hand so your throat doesn’t dry out from so much talking and have a pen and paper on hand to write notes or any new questions you come up with.
  • Also have all the materials about the hospital close by and write down the name of the person doing the travel nursing interview.
  • Nothing is worse than calling someone the wrong name during an interview.
  • Make sure you know what the next step is in the travel nurse placement process, and if you want the job make sure to state that fact and follow up with your recruiter immediately after the travel nursing interview to let her know how it went.

What other tips do you have for fellow travel nurses?

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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  1. Kelly Tucker says:

    I am new to this. I have 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I would like to have ideas with traveling. Hope to hear from you soon!

  2. You update it with your latest acquired skills and activities. You can present a new resume at the time of interview. The resume should follow a standard format which the interviewer can easily recognize. Don’t experiment with any modern look for the resume. It should be neat and well-formatted document with minimal frills. The tables, whenever necessary, should be compact with basic features.

  3. These are great ties for travel nurses; you can also find some expert travel nursing recruiter tip son our site at . Good luck!

  4. John says:

    I am a nursing graduate student and I am going to have an interview. I think this tips will going to be a big help for my job interview.

  5. Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  6. lovely lim says:

    I am nurse and i am applying and your tips really help me…

  7. I back your suggestions. It is good if you get coached by some professional trainer before facing an important job interviews and as a travel nurse. Customised coaching results in better chances of fetching a job.

  8. When you are a travel nurse, then you need to have a pretty good understanding of per diem rates and how they might lower your taxes. Many travel nurses believe that per diem is only a tax benefit that staffing agencies offer and yet, surprisingly, others do not. This misunderstanding about what per diem is and how it may affect your taxes is an important financial issue that you need to understand. How you report your per diem earnings could mean the difference in thousands of dollars in tax savings.

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