Interview Tips

Congratulations! A potential employer wants to meet with you - by phone or in person. We know that the first impression always matters and at Protouch Staffing, it’s our job to coach you for success.

We want you to stand out as the first choice candidate!

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?
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