Interview with the Facility
After you’ve been submitted for a job by your travel company, the next step is normally a phone interview with the facility (usually the Director of Rehab).
Interviews for travel jobs are a little different than permanent job interviews in our experience. The interviewer typically does not ask you traditional interview questions, they just want to get a feel for who you are and make sure you would make a welcome addition to the team. They also generally want to know a little about your past experience and qualifications.
Rarely are we asked normal interview questions, apart from “tell me about yourself.” Always be ready for that one in any interview.
What to Ask the Interviewer
Just as in a permanent job, you need to do a thorough interview of the company to make sure they are a good fit for you. Thirteen weeks is a relatively short time period, although it can feel very long if the position is wrong for you. Below is a list of questions we use in interviews that you can use too. Obviously we tailor these to the specific facility, and we always try to research the facility a little bit if possible so we can glean any information that may be readily available online.
- What are the productivity standards?
- How are non-billable tasks accounted for?
- How much time do I have for an eval? Treatment?
- What type of training/orientation is provided?
- What is the average caseload? # evals, # treatments
- Ramp up period? What does this look like?
- How many hours per week? Overtime?
- What is the schedule?
- Weekends? Holidays?
- What does the team look like? # therapists, assistants, aides?
- How many of each will I be supervising?
- What is the general patient population? (Ortho, neuro, post op, etc.)
- What is the average length of stay (for inpatient)?
- What is the facility size/number of beds?
- What EMR do you use?
- Will I have my own computer or tablet?
- Is documentation performed at point of service or is time allotted for documentation?
- Will someone be able to train me on the documentation system?
- What is the dress code?
- What is the director/supervisor’s profession?
- Is there any mentorship available?
- What equipment is available at the facility for therapy?
This is hardly an exhaustive list and needs to be tailored to every interview and facility, but we keep this list with us for every interview and it serves us well for keeping our thoughts organized.
We hope this list is helpful as you prepare for your travel therapy job interview! If you have any questions for us, please feel free to send us a message!
Article written by Travis Kemper, PT, DPT
Edited by Whitney Eakin, PT, DPT, ATC