Many nurses and medical workers are apprehensive about job interviews. They’re concerned about appropriate attire and challenging questions. With all the focus on face-to-face meetings, it’s easy to forget about the significance of the phone call that usually comes first.
Here are 11 ways you can stand out in a phone interview and secure an envious spot in “Round Two” of hiring!
- Find a Quiet Spot – Nothing is worse than having important phone calls interrupted by barking dogs or loud music. It’s not always possible to find a perfect location in an urgent situation. But, you should seek out the quietest spot whenever possible.
- Don’t “MultiTask” – Let’s just be honest about this one — there’s no such thing as “multitasking.” We’re only tricking ourselves into thinking that we’re perfectly engaged when talking on the phone while simultaneously texting.
- Relax – On one hand, it’s good to be energetic in a healthcare job interview; however, it’s also important to stay relaxed. Everyone is different, but don’t hit the coffee too hard prior to the call if you’re prone to anxiety.
- Dress Up & Stand Up – Did you know that studies suggest a person’s clothes actually affect their behavior? People who dress up act more professionally. Similarly, standing up exudes a more confident voice.
- Speak With Confidence – The afore mentioned tips work together to help you find confidence. But, another way to speak confidently is to talk louder than normal and accentuate words.
- Slow Down – A slower delivery sounds more confident and genuine. It also helps the caller digest what you’re saying, which can be quite technical during a nurse or healthcare interview.
- Don’t Interrupt – Accidental interruptions are common when talking on the phone, since there are no visual signs to aid in the interaction. Take a moment to pause before answering each question just to play it safe.
- Know Your Resume – It’s easy to forget the details of your own work history if it’s been a while since your last interview. Be sure to identify “weak spots” or areas of concern that may be addressed and prepare appropriate responses.
- Research the Company Website – It’s amazing how many job seekers fail to do basic research on a prospective employer despite the benefit of internet resources. There’s no excuse for being ignorant on a medical company’s profile in 2019.
- Ask Questions – Many nurse candidates view interviews as a one way-street. But savvy healthcare recruiters and managers expect a dialogue. Asking questions shows you’re genuinely interested in the opportunity.
- Ask for “Next Steps” – This can be hard for some job seekers, but it’s incredibly important. Managers interpret it as a sign you really want the position. Try saying, “I’m really excited about the opportunity. May I ask what the next steps are in my candidacy?”
In the end, remember that phone interviews are not trivial. Most employers don’t schedule a call unless they’re already interested in you. It’s important to stand out during this first phase so you move forward to the next round.
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