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Trusted Traveler Interviews Tips + Tricks

Mar 23, 2019
Sarah Gray, RN

Interviews can be nerve-racking, regardless of when they occur and what they’re for. And it’s a total assumption that all interviews are created equal. In fact, for travel positions, they’re quite different – if they happen at all! Whether you’ve done this a million times before or are new to the game, we’ve got the low-down on what to expect, ask, and do – before and after interviews.

WHAT’S THE POINT?

This might seem obvious but hear us out. Interviews are largely considered an opportunity for an employer to determine whether you’re a good fit for a role. BUT that’s only half the equation. It’s also the prospective employee’s opportunity to determine if it’s a good fit as well. Obviously, in order for the opportunity to become a reality, the employer has the ball in their court. But it’s just as important that you do the same. You should optimize this time to get answers to your questions in order to get an idea of whether you’d like to pursue the opportunity (or would feel comfortable doing so) if an offer is extended.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Keep your phone on you, and be sure to answer any calls from numbers you’re not familiar with. If you miss the call, be sure to call back ASAP. Depending on how urgent the need is, Nurse Managers may quickly move on to the next candidate if you do not answer their call. (For some more pro tips, take a look at another interview guide one of our Trusted Nurses wrote for us!)

MUST-KNOW’s:

While we’re all about transparency, we unfortunately don’t always get all the important deets about a position that you need to make an informed decision. These points would be best to find out from the Nurse Manager. They are things we can always inquire about on your behalf but is most accurate and efficient to discuss with the Hiring Manager directly. If you know some of these upfront from the Match details page (if you're part of the Trusted fam), then you can make note of them beforehand so you’re using your time efficiently and focusing on information you don’t already know.

Orientation

• How often is orientation held (in the event that you need a flexible start)?
• How many precepted shifts will you get?

Specific Unit Population

• i.e. All MedSurg units are not created equal. What is the primary patient population and diagnoses?

Nurse-to-Patient Ratio

Use of Travelers

• Are they used frequently, or will you be the first/only one?
• Do they put travelers in charge roles?

Support staff

• What types of support staff are utilized (i.e. CNAs, IV team)?

Floating

• In practice, how much does floating actually occur?
• What units would you be expected to float to?
• Will you receive any orientation to those units? How would that work?

Scheduling

• Is the shift set or is it rotating/variable?
• Is there a rotating weekends policy?
• What holidays will you be expected to be available to work?

NICE-TO-KNOW’s:

• If there is time to ask, these would be nice to know! But no worries, these items are something we can also always find out on your behalf if you don’t have time or forget!

Scrub Color

Overtime Opportunities

• How often are there short shifts, and how likely will it be for you to work overtime?

EMR/Charting System(s)

MUST-DO’s:

Discuss Time Off Requests

• Unfortunately, we can’t always assume this was already communicated to Hiring Manager.

Discuss and Clarify Timeline

• Start date (especially if yours deviates from the start date indicated on the Match).
• Length (again, especially if yours deviates from the start date indicated on the Match or you’re flexible).

Write Down the Interviewer’s Name

• This will enable us to follow up on your behalf and allow you to recognize them on your unit! Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your full name, Do you mind telling me again?”
• Note: the interviewer isn’t always necessarily the Nurse Manager or Hiring Manager.

If you are interested in the position, be sure to communicate how eager and excited you are to get a job offer! Some ways to do this are by mentioning “this sounds like a great fit!” or “If the offer is extended, I would be very excited to accept it!”

Let Us Know as Soon as You Have Been Interviewed!

• This way we can follow up for the offer, or if you have outstanding questions or reservations, we can find out the answer for you!

Thank the Interviewer for Her/His Time

• If possible, send a follow-up thank you email.

The above is meant to serve as a general guide and resource, but as always, your Nurse Advocate and the Trusted Team is here to answer any questions you may have as well as support you throughout the process!