Because first impressions are everything
After years of not only being a nurse but traveling across the USA, there’s one thing that remains 100% certain.
The pre-assignment interview.
Are you a soon-to-be travel nurse?
Congratulations on taking this exciting step in your career! A great way to prepare yourself for the journey ahead is to brush up on your interview skills. Read on to learn about the five essential questions all travel nurses should be ready to answer.
What Inspired You To Want to Become A Travel Nurse?
This question will show potential employers that you’re passionate about nursing, and it’s a great way to introduce yourself as an experienced professional.
When answering, reflect on why you chose nursing as a profession and how being a travel nurse is different from working in other settings. Be honest and open.
What Experience Do You Have In The Nursing Field Thusfar?
Employers want to know how much experience you have in the healthcare field, so make sure to include any relevant positions, certifications, or specialties.
This is also an opportunity to highlight any unique qualifications that make you stand out from other candidates, such as advanced technical skills or experience with particular patient populations.
How Do You Handle Stressful Situations?
When answering this question, provide examples of how you’ve managed stress in the past—both within and outside of work.
Your potential employer wants to know that you can stay calm under pressure and handle unexpected situations without becoming overwhelmed. Being able to demonstrate resilience and adaptability are key qualities employers look for in travel nurses.
Can You Give An Example Of A Time When You Went Above And Beyond For A Patient?
This question provides an opportunity for you to showcase your clinical skillset as well as your ability to think critically and problem-solve in difficult situations.
Provide specific examples of times when you went above and beyond standard care protocols or used creative solutions to assist patients with their health concerns. Also, be sure to discuss any positive outcomes that resulted from your actions.
What Do You Think Is The Biggest Challenge Of Being A Travel Nurse, And How Do You Plan To Address It?
The biggest challenge for many travel nurses is adjusting quickly when starting new assignments at different facilities across the country.
Discuss how your experience has prepared you for this type of work environment—for example, if you have worked with diverse teams or have moved frequently throughout your career—and explain how this experience will help you succeed going forward as a travel nurse. Additionally, discuss any strategies or tools that you plan on using during transitions between assignments (e.g., staying connected with colleagues or researching facilities before starting).
The Final Word
Whether traveling around the country or just down the street, it takes skill and dedication to be successful as a travel nurse – making interviews even more important than usual.
Prepare yourself by brushing up on these five essential questions; they will give employers insight into who you are as both a professional clinician and a person.
With proper preparation, your future self will thank you!
To learn more about the travel nursing opportunity and cities across the country, visit Bestica Healthcare and start planning your next assignment today.