In today’s saturated market, it’s important that you set yourself apart from competition and market yourself as a healthcare professional to land your ideal travel job assignment. With a projected growth of 22 percent between 2018 and 2028, physical therapist (PT) jobs are increasing significantly faster than the average career. As a physical therapist, whether you’re in search of your first travel therapy job or your hundredth, make sure you’re prepared for the high-speed hiring process.
Fusion Marketplace for healthcare job seekers
Fusion Marketplace supports your travel career with absolute transparency into job benefits, pay packages, staffing agency and recruiters, plus a traveler profile where you can upload licenses and certifications, education level, professional experience, job preferences, and more. Easily use this information as your professional resume and quickly apply to multiple nationwide therapy jobs with a few simple clicks.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 2.4 million healthcare jobs available by 2029 and a 15 percent growth rate over the course of a decade. As a professional healthcare traveler, you have options.
Fusion Marketplace puts thousands of job opportunities from several national staffing companies on one online platform so you can quickly find your next placement with less effort and less paperwork. Compare job openings with increased visibility into job type, location, pay, benefits, housing, and more to make sure you get to where you want to go.
As the healthcare staffing market continues to depend on travelers to bridge staffing gaps in facilities across the U.S., Fusion Marketplace keeps you at the forefront of market trends and gives you complete control over your travel career. Let Marketplace help you decide where to go based on where career prospects are located or by the amount of money you could earn—whatever your reasons, Fusion Marketplace takes the guesswork out of job hunting so you can easily find the one that fits your lifestyle.
How to prepare for your travel job interview
If you really want to knock the socks off the interviewer, be prepared. The good news is your recruiter will be there for you the whole way, so don’t be afraid to rely on their knowledge to help take your interview to the next level.
Most importantly, do some research on the healthcare facility and come prepared with information about the specific setting. Conducting your own research on the facility you’re interviewing with helps put you a step above other candidates and shows your excitement for the job, plus proves you’re comfortable taking the initiative.
Next, write your own “brag list,” or a list of academic and professional accomplishments that you can discuss during your interview. These main points explain and demonstrate why you’re the top candidate for the job, so be ready to talk about your skills and qualifications, professional strengths, ability to work with a team, history of promptness, exceptional people skills, and of course, your passion for physical therapy.
Another way you can prepare to WOW the interviewer is with mock interviews—ask your friend, family member, or mentor if they’ll help you practice for the real deal. The practice will boost your confidence and give you a chance to get comfortable answering questions and talking about yourself. At the end of the day, remember to be yourself. Let your personality shine.
Since many assignments will be located across the country, facility interviews may be held via Skype or Zoom video. If that’s the case, be sure you make a good impression with a professional background and a prompt start. During the call, have your resume, skills checklist, and employer’s job description available for a quick reference, if needed. At the end of the interview, ensure you thank the interviewer for their time.
Then, connect with your recruiter to tell them all about it. If you’re what the healthcare facility is looking for, your recruiter will receive a contract via email, and the two of you will review to determine if the job aligns with your career goals.
Questions you should be ready to answer
It’s no surprise that you’ll need to be ready to answer a handful of questions during the interview process. During this professional conversation, the facility will ask a series of questions to get a sense for your hard skills, behavioral skills, and soft skills—these are traits that identify your technical knowledge, assess your personal traits and cognitive skills, as well as treatment strategies. Since patient motivation is an integral part of PT, employers need to make sure they’re hiring the best person for their patients.
Although the specific questions will differ based on the facility and your experience, aside from the typical “Tell us about yourself”-type of prompts, these are some general PT interview questions from one of Fusion's therapy recruiters you can use to practice for the big day:
- What are the first steps you take when evaluating a new patient?
- Describe a couple of challenging cases you’ve had and some of the therapy methods you used to treat them.
- How do you develop patient treatment plans?
- How would you approach a patient who refuses to work with you or follow treatment suggestions?
- What does it mean for you to be part of a team?
- How do you keep patients and their families informed of progress/status?
- How do you define and measure patient success?
- What does your training program look like?
- What documentation system do you use?
- What does your therapy team look like (i.e. how many OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, etc.)?
Job interviews can be intimidating and overwhelming—prep ahead of time and stand out from the crowd with your preparedness.
What you should ask the facility interviewer
You’re interviewing the facility just as much as they’re interviewing you. Come ready with a list of questions to ask based on the position’s responsibilities, goals, expectations, and your own curiosity. Some examples of good questions to ask are:
- About how many patients will I see daily?
- Why is this position open?
- What does a typical day look like in this role?
- What are the productivity standards for therapists in the clinic and how are those measured and tracked?
- Is there time dedicated for documentation?
- Does the clinic/facility offer mentorship?
Because you’ll be an employee of the staffing agency and not the healthcare facility itself, don’t mention pay or benefit details with the facility interviewer—instead, save those questions and concerns for your recruiter.
Don’t go to a physical therapy interview ill-prepared. Prep ahead of time with questions, a personal brag list, and mock interviews with friends, family members, or your recruiter. Fusion Marketplace lets you spend less time searching for jobs and more time prepping for your perfect travel job interview.