Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 12 – How do you interview your recruiter?

Earlier in the Travel Therapy Career Guide we talked about what traits you should look for in a travel physical therapy recruiter. In this section we will go over some ways to make sure you find the right one for you. A recruiter is many time the face of the company to travelers, which means that a bad experience with a recruiter could easily sour you to an entire company. This makes doing your research to find a good one that  you trust so important.

interview in progress signReferrals

One of the easiest ways to do this is to be referred to a good one. Nothing speaks better about what kind of service you can expect than what another traveling PT tells you about their recruiter. So ask around. Having the name of a recruiter at a travel physical therapy company also helps ensures that you will be to work with that recruiter when you call in, otherwise you will be assigned a recruiter that you may or may not hit it off with.


There are a couple of sites that you could visit to try and get information on specific recruiters like forums like Delphi or, but that is probably going to be pretty hit or miss. One site that does offer it as a feature of their site is Healthcare, but you need an account to see them.

Calling In

Whether you have a referral or are just talking to a recruiter who has been assigned to you it is important that when you first talk to them that you take the time to interview them too.

When you first  call in the recruiter should be not only gathering career information and goals from you, but they should also be trying to build a relationship with you. You will be trusting this person with your most valuable asset, your career, so it is vital that you trust them.

So now at this point it is time for you to ask them some questions:

  1. How long have you been working in the travel therapy industry?
  2. How many years have you been a recruiter?
  3. Will you be my recruiter the whole time I work with your company?
  4. How many travel PTs or PTAs do you work with currently?
  5. What is the maximum number of physical therapists you are allowed to work with? Or what is your company’s max desk level?
  6. What is the standard traveler to recruiter ratio at your company?
  7. Tell me something about yourself and your background? Where did you go to college? Do you have pets? Etc.
  8. How often will I talk to you?
  9. How will you to contact me? Email? Phone? Text? Facebook? Etc.
  10. What makes you better than the other recruiters I am talking to?
  11. What do you to help your travel PTs succeed?
  12. Why do you work for this travel physical therapy company? What do you like about it? Dislike? Anything you would change? 
  13. What’s your favorite song? Movie? Book?

A final point to remember when talking to a recruiter is to find out if he or she will be your recruiter the whole time you work with that company. Different companies are structured differently so with some companies you will have the same recruiter the whole time you work with that company while others are split up by region so depending on where you work you may end up with a different recruiter.

This may be the most vital element of your success and experience as a traveling physical therapist so be sure to put the time in to make sure you do your due diligence when choosing your recruiter.

Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 11 – Traits of a great recruiter

travel physical therapy recruiterNow that you have applied for a travel physical therapy job, you can be assured that you will soon be contacted by a recruiter. Physical therapists that are willing to work short-term contract jobs are in high demand, which will put you in a good negotiating position to make sure you get what you want out of an assignment.

But before you do that you need to make sure you have a good recruiter.

In the travel physical therapy industry it is often your relationship with your recruiter that determines whether you enjoy your assignment, like your company and even to a certain degree how well you do on the job.

As you start down a travel physical therapy career path you will find that the relationship you have with your recruiter is one that will grow over time. They will be your source of information and a resource for you throughout your assignment so it is important that you trust them. The relationship should be one that feels like a partnership where the two of you work together to achieve your goals, not an employer/employee one.

[pullquote]There are bound to be challenges that come up during your assignment and you will want to feel like you can be completely upfront and honest with your recruiter about it so that you can resolve the issue as quickly as possible.[/pullquote]

There are bound to be challenges that come up during your assignment and you will want to feel like you can be completely upfront and honest with your recruiter about it so that you can resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Open communication is the best way to make sure you get the most of out of your assignment and meet your goals whether they are learning new skills, treating different kinds of patients or just seeing new places the more your recruiter knows about you and your aspirations the better.

In the end, due to the fact that your recruiter will play such a large part in your life while you are traveling or working a contract close to home you want someone that feels more like a friend than a business associate.

They should be someone who calls just to see how you are doing and someone you can call when you need advice. You want a recruiter who will stand up for you should the need ever arise.

Do you have the greatest travel physical therapy recruiter?

traveling physical therapy assistantHave you ever wanted to tell the world about your travel physical therapy recruiter, but didn’t know how? Well here is your opportunity.

You can vote for them in Healthcare Traveler’s 2010 Recruiter of the Year Contest. This yearly contest gives travelers the chance to nominate and vote for their recruiter. It is a great chance to let your recruiter know how much you appreciate them.

It only takes a minute. Here is the link: 2010 Recruiter of the Year Nomination Form

3 great salary tools for PTs and PTAs

Knowing how much other Physical Therapists make is important information to have when you are discussing pay with your travel physical therapy recruiter, so here are three great websites that can give you some of that info.

Physical Therapist Salary Tools

Average Physical Therapist Salary – travel physical therapist with pay

Physical Therapist Salary –

Salary Snapshot for Physical Therapist (PT) Jobs –

Physical Therapist Assistant Salary Tools

Average Physical Therapist Assistant Salary –

Physical Therapist Assistant Salary –

Salary Snapshot for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Jobs –