Locum Tenens Interview Tips

Locum Tenens Interview Tips
Cross Country Locums
October 21, 2022 04:58 AM (GMT-05:00)
Provider Tips

Ready to Ace Your Next Locum Tenens Interview?

Interviewing for locum tenens assignments is a piece of cake – but only if you’re prepared! Here are our top tips for physicians and advanced practice providers on having a successful locum tenens interview.

  • Research the healthcare organization – Visit the company’s website to read about their values, mission, leadership, facility and recent news. Also, check out the company’s social media sites, and search online to read about their reputation within the industry. If you can find out who’ll be interviewing you, get even more prepared by reading their online bios.

  • Gather background information on the position – Use the job description and details from your recruiter to find out as much as you can about the locum tenens assignment in advance. Become familiar with the department or specialty and what your specific duties may entail. Consider what expertise and experience you should highlight that qualifies you for the position.

  • Practice for the interview – Imagine what questions interviewers may ask. Prepare your answers in advance. If you haven’t interviewed in a while, role-play with a friend or family member.

  • Practice self-care – Get plenty of sleep the night before the interview. Eat a decent meal or snack before your meeting, so you don’t have a sugar crash. And avoid chugging a high-octane coffee or energy drink beforehand (or you might seem anxious); your adrenaline should do the trick for keeping you alert.

  • Come Prepared – If you’re interviewing virtually, test your camera and microphone first and be standing by a few minutes in advance. For phone interviews, try to get into a place that is quiet and be ready a few minutes in advance as well.

  • Be ready to talk about your qualifications, the job, and the company – You should have an “elevator speech” prepared in which you summarize your education, experience and expertise. Be ready to share why your background qualifies you for this locum tenens assignment. Show enthusiasm about practicing at this facility – use the research you gathered in advance to convey why you want the job.

  • Get ready to share success stories – Many interviewers will ask you to give specific examples that show your abilities in clinical expertise, problem-solving, conflict resolution and leadership. During the interview, answers may come to mind spontaneously, but it’s wise to be prepared, so you don’t draw a blank when put on the spot.

  • Buy yourself time if needed – If you’re stumped on a question during an interview, don’t hesitate to take a moment or two to think about your response. It’s perfectly acceptable to say, “Let me think about that for a moment,” or “Hmmm…That’s a fascinating question.” You can even repeat the question slowly to buy yourself more time.

  • Ask questions – Yes, they’re interviewing you; but you’re also interviewing them. Come prepared with questions about the facility, assignment, work culture and more. As much as they want a provider whose right for the job, you want to make sure the job is an ideal fit for you. As you build a career, you’ll want to choose each next step wisely and set yourself up for success.

  • Follow up – Thank the interviewer as you leave, and show enthusiasm for the prospect of working there if you feel the position is a fit. Decline the assignment early on if you know you’re not interested. If you are interested, but have additional questions, route those through your recruiter or ask the interviewer if you feel it’s appropriate.

Good luck! Go get ‘em! We’ll be here rooting for you.

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