The hiring process for medical professionals can be long and difficult, but going through a telephone interview is a fairly common early step. Phone interviews give hiring managers the opportunity to quickly assess candidates’ personalities and qualifications before deciding if they’re worth bringing in for a full in-person interview. Although performing well in a phone interview will rarely result in a job offer, performing disastrously in one could end your chances at getting the job altogether. Given these stakes, here are three surefire tips to help you nail your next telephone interview.
Find an Appropriate Place to Take the Call
Phone interviews aren’t only convenient for hiring managers. They’re convenient for candidates as well, but that doesn’t mean that you should treat the interview casually. Even though you can technically take the call while you’re driving or out at a coffee shop, it’s still not a good idea. To give yourself the best chance to impress, take the call at home or another quiet space where you’re unlikely to be interrupted or distracted.
Have Documentation in Front of You
Odds are that the hiring manager is going reference your resume and CV during the phone call, so it’s a good idea for you to have these documents on hand as well. Not only can they serve as useful references if the interviewer wants to ask about a particular issue, but they can also remind you of talking points that you might want to highlight. Additionally, it’s a good idea to have information about the employer and the job description so that you can reference these during the interview as well.
Don’t Forget to Smile
Sure, it’s a phone interview and the hiring manager can’t see you, but your mood still translates over the phone. Through the simple act of smiling, you naturally inject energy and positivity into your voice that the interviewer can pick up on. In general, you should be mindful of your energy level during the phone call. Don’t lapse into monotone or mumbled responses. Instead, keep your energy level up, show that you’re engaged and upbeat, and leave the interviewer with a positive impression.
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