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?