Travel Nursing Interviews: The Preparation Process

Not many situations in life can duplicate the nerve-racking experience interviews put you through. Just like anyone who has ever attended an interview – travel nurses have felt this stress, too. And if you’re under the assumption that every travel nursing interview is similar – you couldn’t be more wrong!

Even if you’ve gone through the process numerous times – there are several areas we all can improve when we’re preparing for a travel nursing interview. To make sure you nail your travel nursing interview – we’re here to spill the tea on some vital tips people usually ignore.

Let’s begin, shall we?

What Can You Expect?

Sure – yeah, every interview is different – but some constants make the situation somewhat predictable. For example, experts suggest that the travel nurse interview typically occurs over a phone call. The reason for this isn’t rocket science.

The applicant, or the interviewer, are rarely ever in the same place. Because the process is fast-paced – both parties can benefit if everything happens quickly.

The Pre-Interview Setup

Before the interview, you’re going to be given a heads up. Either the recruiter or a staff member will let you know beforehand. On some occasions, recruiters also call an applicant to conduct what they like to call a pre-interview.

But there’s no need to worry. This is simply the recruiter’s way of getting to know you a bit better – decisions aren’t usually made on these conversations.

How Do You Prepare?

Preparing for a travel nursing interview is a different experience since this interview isn’t happening in-person. This means the hand gestures and facial expressions that you can rely on to smoothen the conversation are no longer a factor.

But what could this mean?

Watch Your Tone and Your Dialect

Since your recruiter can’t see you and can only use your words and your voice to judge you – you need to bring your A-game. The key in this situation is to come off as comfortable, confident, and capable – even if you’re losing it inside.

Regulate Your Pace

Many of us have the habit of sputtering when we get nervous. Try not to turn into a word-spewing machine gun, and try to explain everything you’re saying slowly and clearly.

Take pauses.

Take a few seconds to think if you want to.

Your recruiter understands that this moment is big for you, so they won’t mind if you take a few seconds to think!

Practice – Practice – And More Practice!

There are a few questions every interviewer is going to ask you. One of them is the casual introduction the interviewer will use to help you ease into the situation. Try to practice your response to this question several times. Practice until you’re completely confident and blabber-free.

Common Questions?

To practice your answers ahead of time – you’re definitely going to need some questions you can train yourself to answer. While we can’t guarantee that your recruiter will ask every question on our list – we might get lucky with a few of these:

  • Do you have any certifications?
  • Where do you see yourself after 5 years?
  • How do you handle frustrating situations? Discuss your approach.
  • What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a nurse?
  • Why do you want to work for us?

Lastly – before you pick up the phone – make sure you have a bottle of water by your side. A hydrated throat keeps your pitch clear and crisp.

Keep these tips in your head, and preparing for a travel nursing interview will be smooth sailing!

APN Healthcare Can Help You

If you are a travel nurse looking for a new assignment, APN Healthcare can help place you in a facility. We help nurses and other healthcare professionals find temporary or permanent placements in a wide range of healthcare organizations. Contact us today at or 609-924-3400. Visit our website and look through our open positions.

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