How to Impress During a Phone Interview

By Hannah Targy, Cardio Social Media Recruiter, Aureus Medical

Travel healthcare as a whole can seem overwhelming — with constant phone calls, phone interviews, and almost every interaction being held virtually. But phone interviews are easily the most daunting part of the process for some. How do you make an impression on someone you’ve never met — let alone never seen? Here are just a few helpful hints on how to leave a lasting impression during your next big phone interview.

Show Your Nursing Professionalism

Over the phone, interviewers and interviewees cannot read each other’s body language. Because of this, your tone of voice, your enthusiasm, and your curiosity can all impact the success of the phone call. Interviewers want to get a sense of your personality and find the best fit for their company. Don’t be afraid to let yours shone through while remaining courteous and professional. An easy way to do this is to smile! Smiling helps boost positive energy. It really makes a difference!

Also, it’s important to be prepared. Come to the interview with basic knowledge of the facility and its values. Taking the extra time to learn about the facility, unit, or programs you’re interviewing with will make all the difference when it comes down to final candidate selections.

Trust Your Nursing Experience

Without having your specific qualifications, you would not have made it to the interview process! Take a deep breath, be confident, and trust your training. Your skills and experience have led you to where you are now.

While the formal interview setting can make you feel nervous, let your instincts and professional training guide your answers. Interviewers just want to get a sense of your skill level and knowledge of the position to help them make the best selection possible.

If you’re interviewing for your very first travel nurse assignment, it’s always helpful to read about the experiences of other first time travelers and what they’ve learned firsthand. Resources like these can help you anticipate interview and assignment expectations.   

Come Prepared with Questions!

Most people have experienced that terrifying moment at the end of an interview when asked, “Do you have any questions?” and their mind goes blank. Come to your interview with questions prepared to avoid this! If you’re scared you’ll forget them, write them down and keep them in front of you throughout the phone interview. Interviewers want to gain a sense of your curiosity and interest in the position, and asking questions is an easy way to show your interest. Gather a list of three questions you want to ask the interviewer and go from there.

In fact, there are a few questions that every travel nurse should ask in interviews, such as:

  • What are the most common challenges that nurses in this unit encounter?
  • Does this assignment carry the possibility for an extension?
  • What different systems, technology, and equipment are being used at the facility?

All in all, it doesn’t take much to be a memorable interviewee. Come prepared with knowledge about the unit and questions to ask, be professional, and let your personality shine through the phone! New jobs are exciting, so to nail your next phone interview, trust your experience and have fun. You’ll do great! 

If you or someone you know is looking for their next great travel nursing adventure, an Aureus Medical recruiter can help you find the best assignments across the U.S. Connect with a recruiter today to get started!

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