10 Interview Tips for Getting the Travel Job You Want

by Tera Tuten on December 31, 2013


Interviewing for a position as a healthcare traveler may be a little different from other types of interviews. For instance, the interview is often conducted via the phone or some other form of technology, such as Skype videoconferencing. While this is convenient, it may be slightly harder to build a rapport with the person conducting the interview. It can also be hard to get your personality across. But is it still possible to ace an interview for the healthcare travel job you want. Consider some of the following tips.

  1. Have a copy of your resume: Even if you are interviewing over the phone, it’s a good idea to have a copy of your resume handy. This will allow you to refer to dates and specific responsibilities of your past jobs when needed.
  2. Don’t be overly modest. While you never want to seem arrogant, being overly modest is not a good idea. There is a fine line between bragging too much and selling yourself to your potential employer. Try to find it.  Don’t be shy talking about your education or promotions at work — they set you apart from other candidates.
  3. Never lie about accomplishments. Embellishing or lying about your achievements is never a good practice. Not only is it unethical, it is easy to disprove. With modern technology, a background check to determine education, employment, and criminal history is only a mouse click away.
  4. Be on time and be professional. Even if you are interviewing via Skype, dress professionally. For phone and Skype interviews, being on time is also essential. Missing a phone interview, even if you call right back, is a bad start to the interview process.
  5. Smile. It may seem like a simple thing, but smiling can help build rapport, convey optimism, and make you seem more personable.
  6. Refrain from clichés. It’s common for interviewers to ask you to describe yourself or discuss your weaknesses. Try to answer the questions honestly without relying too heavily on clichés.
  7. Be positive without going overboard. While you want to be positive and upbeat, try to avoid being excessively excited. Acting too enthusiastic can appear unnatural and insincere.
  8. Anticipate certain questions. Although questions can vary, there are some general questions, which many interviews ask. Before you interview, practice your answers to certain questions, such as your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
  9. Ask questions. Keep in mind, a job interview is not only for the employer to decide if you are the right person for the job. An interview is also the time for you to determine if the job is the right fit for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It also conveys an interest for the job, which is a positive factor during a job interview.
  10. Follow up. If possible, get the email address of the person interviewing you. Take a minute after the interview and send a quick note to thank that person for his or her time. It is a small and easy gesture, but not everyone one will follow up. It helps you stand out in the crowd.

With the new year just around the corner, keep these interviewing tips in mind when you set off for that new travel assignment. To see if travel nursing is right for you, check out Soliant’s job opportunities and apply at www.soliant.com.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert Gandy 01.15.14 at 12:47 pm

Good info -also, whether you are a locum tenens emergency medicine doctor or a travel operating room nurse, it is important to let the potential employer know accurately and specifically when you are able to start the assignment. Do not forget to let the hiring manager know that you are interested in moving forward (assuming you are) and ask them what is the next step to securing the assignment.

Daniel Jones 01.24.14 at 11:11 am

Great post! Some excellent points are made here. Often times it can be the simple things like being early or ready by the phone for your interview, asking questions about the facility or unit you will be working in, and expressing your flexibility in shift or even specialty that can make a great impression on the hiring manager. A mock interview with your recruiter can also be a good way to prepare for your travel job interview. Feel free to call me anytime to chat about scheduling an interview for your next travel job! (855) 881- 1535

John Nianouris 10.24.14 at 10:34 pm

It is illegal for a company to deny employment based on the existence of a criminal record. For example, if you were convicted of grand theft, that would not be cause to deny employment in the healthcare field. If you are denied employment or if an employers asks you first if you have been convicted of a felony, that is illegal. They can only perform a background check after an offer of employment has been established. Report violations to the EEOC.

Greg Johnson 04.26.16 at 12:23 pm

All I need now are these tips. I will be having interview soon, and I really need reliable info on effective manners to carry during interview.

Peter Rowsom 09.28.16 at 1:30 am

Yes please refrain from cliches. As an interview panelist, there are number of times when I hear the same old answers from different people. Do not repeat cliches. Though you may not be eloquent, try to set yourself apart by replying with honesty and straight from the heart answers.


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