When it comes to finding a healthcare travel assignment, one of the most important steps is the facility interview. Upon submitting to a position, your profile is shared with the facility and passed along to the hiring manager. If your profile seems like a good fit for the team, the facility will then contact Anders Group to conduct an interview. Interviews are the best and only time for you to truly get a feel for the assignment, facility, department, and the position you are applying for before starting. As most healthcare travel assignments are out of state, interviews typically occur over the phone. It can be tough to show a hiring manager your personality and skill sets over the phone. To overcome this disconnect, we want to provide some tips and potential questions to ask during your interview so you may shine as the right candidate for the opening!
Tips & Best Practices1. Scheduled vs. Unscheduled Interview
- Most of the time, the facility will coordinate with Anders Group to schedule a time that works best for you and the hiring manager. Sometimes, this prearrangement does not occur and the facility may call you without notifying us. If you are submitting to healthcare travel positions, be prepared to answer any unknown phone numbers as they could potentially be an interview.
- If your interview is scheduled and pre-arranged, ensure that you are available during that time. If there are multiple candidates that are being considered, the facility may select someone before a new time can be rescheduled.
- If the facility calls without coordinating a time, answer the call only when you are available. If you are distracted or there is a lot of background noise, this can make the overall call and first impression a negative one. Let the call go to voicemail and call them back as soon as you can.
- If you miss a call, call them back immediately. If you are sent to their voicemail, leave them a message and let them know your next availability. Let your recruiter know as well to see if they can help you get connected.
2. Phone Reception
- Make sure you have a good and stable cell phone reception. Static, cut sound, and a call breaking up during an interview will be frustrating for both you and the interviewer. This can leave a negative first impression.
3. Personality Check
- Be energetic! Since the interview is not in person, it can be difficult to showcase your true personality. Make sure the facility can feel your enthusiasm for the position and that you seem enjoyable to work with.
4. Be Your Biggest Advocate
- Highlight your strengths and the value you can bring to the team. If a detailed job description was provided, point out how you meet each qualification. If there are any areas of concerns regarding the position, make sure to ask about them during the call.
5. Ending the Call
- Have some questions prepared in advance. This interview is also for you to get a feel for the position and facility to see if it is a good fit.
- End the call by asking when to expect an offer or if you would be the right traveler for their team.
- After your interview, contact your recruiter to let them know how the interview went. If it went well, we will follow up with the facility and push for an offer.
Questions to Ask During an Interview
- What are the most important skills needed for this position?
- What would the day to day be like for this position?
- Could you describe the ideal candidate?
- How many people are on the team?
- What would be my approximate hours/schedule each week?
- Why is there a travel need?
- Who would I report to?
- Are you okay with my days off during ___?
- What mentorship is provided? *if needed
- Do you have any areas of concern about my ability that I may help clarify?
- Do you think I would be a good fit for the opening?