First, prepare for success.
- Research your interviewer on LinkedIn or other professional pages.
- Research the medical facility and the surrounding area. Your Protouch Staffing placement consultant can also provide you valuable background information.
- Be prepared to answer specific questions about your qualifications.
- Utilize your network! Check in with former classmates or colleagues who have worked for this organization.
- This research will help you prepare for a common question: What made you interested in working here?
Other common questions include:
- What experience do you have that will bring value to this role?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses as a nurse?
- How do you feel dealing with challenging behaviors?
- What makes you the best candidate for this job role?
- How do you handle high-stress situations?
- How would you approach this specific situation? (Some managers may create a hypothetical challenge to test your response.)
- What is your most significant professional accomplishment?
Remember these best practices:
- Stay connected. Look for unfamiliar phone numbers. Because you’ll likely be interviewing virtually or by phone, find a quiet place with good reception and no distractions.
- Stay upbeat. Always maintain a positive attitude; avoid discussing bad experiences from past assignments/jobs.
- Be adaptable. Emphasize that you are a fast learner and get on your feet quickly in a new environment.
At the end of your meeting, you’re encouraged to ask the interviewer questions. This is your chance to learn more about the position:
- What’s a typical day (or workload) in this position?
- What’s the nurse to patient ratio on this unit?
- How many travel RNs are on the unit?
- What are the specific needs of the clients you tend to deal with? Is there anything within the role that you would specifically like me to focus on?
- Do you have any charting orientation?
- How often do you send your nurses to float? To which floors?
- What kind of scheduling do you use?