During your traveling career, you will participate in phone interviews regularly. These interviews are your opportunity to find out additional details about the assignment and the facility to help you determine if the assignment is a good fit for both parties. Below are some helpful tips to insure you are getting the most out of your phone interviews.
First, make sure you have a clear understanding of the facility’s orientation process, what your job duties include, and what the hiring manager expects from you for the duration of the assignment. Do not forget to ask about shift or float requirements. The more you know about the assignment’s requirements, the less likely you will be blindsided once you arrive at the assignment.
Also, ask questions about the facility and the surrounding areas. Not only will this show the hiring manager you are interested in the assignment, but it will give you more information on what to expect while you are there. Make sure to verify the facility’s bed size, what type of patients they tend to get, and what type of support you will have during your shift. The hiring manager will also be able to give you insight on what temporary housing is available in the area as well as things to see and do during your stay.
It is not uncommon for a hiring manager to extend an offer immediately after the phone interview. So before you end the call, make sure to discuss when you are available to start and be upfront about any time off requests you may need. By having this conversation during the interview, you are speeding up the job offer process so that you are not losing time by going back and forth with negotiations.
Overall, use the phone interview to your advantage. Do not hang up the call until all your questions and concerns are answered. You will save yourself a lot of time, energy, and stress by being proactive during the interview process. Having a clear understanding of what to except during the assignment will make your decision to accept the assignment much easier.
Breanna Arnold is a Team Lead for the Medical Laboratory division of Aureus Medical Group.