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Questions to Ask During Your Travel Nursing Job Interview

August 27th, 2012

As you prepare for an interview with a travel nurse staffing company such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing, you’ll want to be prepared with some questions to ask the recruiter. Sure, you’ll be asked a lot of questions, but you should come ready with some great questions of your own.

Read below for some suggestions of great questions to ask during your travel nurse interview.

What types of nurses succeed as a traveling nurse? You want to ask this question mainly to see what the recruiter thinks is necessary to succeed as a traveler nurse. Then you can discuss your own attributes or personality in a way that shows you’re one of those successful types.

How much time will I typically have between my accepting an assignment and its start? Obviously, assignment start times vary widely. The recruiter’s answer more than likely will be one in “general” terms. That is, “Generally, we try to give our traveling nurses at least a two-week or even a month’s notice.” The recruiter more than likely will say that some assignments start in a matter of a few days. This would be your opening to say you would be happy to accept such short-notice assignments (if you’re able). Accepting short-notice assignments shows you’re the person to call in a pinch. This will bring you plenty of “brownie” points with your recruiter.

(As an aside, we highly recommend that you don’t bring up questions regarding benefits, time off, per diem rates, etc. at the first interview. You can ask these questions in subsequent interviews, when you know the travel staffing service is interested in you. In fact, most travel services provide answers to these questions on their websites and, if a firm doesn’t, the recruiter is highly likely to tell you about them without you having to ask.)

Once you’ve been hired and you’ve accepted an assignment, here are some questions you’ll want to ask the recruiter regarding the assignment itself (if the recruiter doesn’t know, he/she will probably find out for you):

  • Why is this facility hiring a traveler?
  • How many other travelers are there now or in the past?
  • What type of orientation will the facility give me?
  • How large is my unit?
  • How does it do scheduling?
  • Do you know the nurse-to-patient ratio?
  • What if the assignment is cancelled before I arrive or even just a few days after?
  • Does the assignment facility have LPNs or just RNs? Does it have lab techs, or do nurses draw blood?
  • Does the site have a transport team, respiratory and EKG techs?
  • Does the facility ever extend assignments? If so, how much notice will be given? What if I can’t/don’t want to extend my assignment at this facility?

If you’re a nurse with more questions about working as a traveling nurse, we have the answers! Contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!