Top Interview Questions Every Traveling Healthcare Professional Should Prepare For

It’s just human nature to get nervous before an interview. Your anxiety may be completely normal, but you’ll find with preparation you can tame those butterflies. You’ll walk into any interview with more confidence when you’re dressed to impress, bring all the necessary paperwork and have researched on the organization you hope to work for.

Even if your interview is over the phone, don’t be tempted to go through the process in your pajamas. You’ll sound more confident and think more clearly when you’re standing and dressed in appropriate clothes. One of the benefits of a phone interview is you can keep a cheat sheet in front of you. Be prepared for your hiring manager to ask you all the standard questions, and for an additional few that are specific to travelers and be prepared to go on your next assignment!

Tell Me Something About Yourself?

This might sound like a standard question, but embedded in your answer should be soft skills that make you a great travel candidate. These skills include your ability to acclimate to change and be flexible, your independent learning skills, ability to learn new routines and how your energy level rivals that of the Energizer bunny.

What Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Systems Have You Used?

You’ll be walking into a short-term assignment and the facility doesn’t have the time or manpower to train you extensively on the EMR product they use. Be honest and tell them what you’ve used —and more importantly—stress how quickly you were able to learn those systems and translate what you learned from one, to understand others.

How Did You Handle a Difficult Relationship With a Co-Worker or Patient?

They won’t invest resources to train you to play well with others; and even for a short time, someone unable to work with patients and co-workers can upset the apple cart. Be clear and concise in your answer, giving examples of how you’ve mediated arguments or negotiated a truce, at work or in your personal relationships.

How Do You Handle a Stressful Patient Load?

As a traveler, the expectation is you’ll enter the facility able to immediately take a full caseload and make it look easy. Your hiring manager wants to know you are able to learn on the fly how to handle conditions you’ve not yet faced, where you’ll get help and if you’ll ask for help without dumping your patient on someone else.

As you’re talking to the hiring manager, remember to smile. Even unseen, the smile on your face is apparent in your voice and your attitude. Be truthful about your experiences and abilities, even if those were in your personal, not professional life. Stress how you are able to use what you’ve learned and how it has enabled you to be successful in your career. Remember, although you know your strengths and abilities, this hiring manager is employing someone sight unseen. Give them every reason to pick you!

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