Top Interview Questions Every Traveling Healthcare Professional Should Prepare For

What sets a traveling healthcare professional apart from other healthcare professionals? Well, for starters, traveling healthcare professionals are quick on their feet. This quick-thinking, can-do attitude usually translates to job interviews. Employers know that traveling healthcare professionals utilize a unique set of skills to fulfill their job duties and provide patients with optimal care.

Therefore, employers are going to ask pointed questions to see if you’ll be a good fit for the company. As a recruit, you need to understand the job’s demands and how you can meet them. Things tend to move fast with assignments lasting for 13 weeks, so expect to hear back from a recruiter in a couple of days. Usually, interviews take place over the phone so be prepared to take the call.

Tell Me About the Caseloads and Patient Populations You Work With?

The facility manager wants to know the number of cases you’re used to—and comfortable dealing with. Traveling providers have to hit the ground running, so the manager is most likely looking for someone experienced with handling a larger caseload. Patient populations are also important. In recent years, more physical therapists have been working with cancer survivors or obese patients. This shift is largely due to a rise in cancer diagnoses and obesity in the general population. Depending on the facility, you may be required to work with several different population groups, and you should understand the challenges they face.

Which Electronic Medical Record Systems (EMRs) are You Familiar With?

EMR systems are becoming very common in healthcare facilities. Facility managers want to know the names of the systems you’ve worked with and your expert level. Anywhere from intermediate to expert-level experience with at least one EMR is a good start. Due to the length of the contract and the nature of the work, the employer may only offer basic EMR system training will expect you to utilize the EMR system properly.

Name One of Your Strengths and Weaknesses

This type of question gives the interviewer insight into your personality, experience, and capabilities. It’s important to play up your strengths as they relate to the job position. For instance, if the job requires working closely with children, talk about building a relationship while caring for a pediatric patient. When discussing weaknesses, talk about the issue and how you plan on improving it. The interviewer wants to see how well you can adapt to the working environment and its demands.

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