With company budgets shrinking and job applications on the rise, many companies are conducting telephone interviews in lieu of face-to-face meetings. Telephone interviews can be very useful for recruiters, hospital administrators and others in the health care arena, allowing those professionals to recruit qualified nurses from around the country. It is important for you, a prospective employee, to prepare for this phone interview.
Have Your Resume and References Handy
Have a current copy of your curriculum vitae and your references in front of you. This means you will not be shuffling papers around and stammering for an answer. Even though the interview is taking place over the phone, the interviewer will be able to tell if you are unprepared for the questions he asks.
Create a Cheat Sheet
A day or two before the interview, prepare an easy-to-read cheat sheet to refer to during the interview. This cheat sheet should include a list of key accomplishments during your working career, as well as professional rewards and certifications. You can also use the cheat sheet to list the various areas of the nursing profession you have worked in, including emergency room experience, ICU experience and the like. You can then refer to those skills at an appropriate time during the interview process.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Phone Interview
Conducting an interview over the phone carries both advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to the job applicant to make the most of the advantages while minimizing the disadvantages. One of the big disadvantages of a phone interview is that the interviewer will not be able to read your body language, so it is important for your voice to carry both information and emotion. Your voice will need to convey your enthusiasm and your desire to succeed. One big advantage of the phone interview is that you can refer to your notes as needed, but it is important to have everything you expect to need--and a few things you don't--right at hand. Make sure you have not only your resume and references but examples of your accomplishments as well. It is also a good idea to print a "cheat sheet" about the employer. Having facts and figures at your disposal will let the interviewer know that you are serious about the job and informed about your potential future bosses.