Preparing For A Phone Interview

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My last post talked about the importance of keeping your resume up to date.  Today I want to talk about the interview and more specifically a phone interview. In our world, today’s technology has made it much easier to interview people across the country.  We can see them as well as talk to them without the expense of hotels and airfares.

A phone interview can seem intimidating.  If you are not using a video call it can be harder to connect with someone you can’t see on the other end. When possible opt for a video chat so they can see you and you can get a feel for who they are. Phone interviews are more common in travel nursing because assignments are all over the country. The best way to make a phone interview easier is to think of it as a two-way street. During the interview, they are evaluating if you are a good fit for the assignment.  This is the time can assess if the position is a good right fit for your needs, skills, and experience.  I have some tips to make the interview go smoothly.

Dress for the job

Don’t be tempted to take the call in your pajamas.  Even if the call is not a video call get dressed for the day.  Take your shower get dressed and find a quiet place for the call.  This will help you feel relaxed and confident.

Keep a positive attitude

Be positive during the interview.  You may have had a bad experience with a past assignment, recruiter or agency but now is not a good time to share the details.  Answer questions truthfully and keep a good attitude.

Ask questions

Prepare in advance and write down any questions regarding the job.  Let them know you are interested in the position.  Ask about any challenges there may be at the facility or with the department where you will be assigned.  Inquire if they think you will be a good fit for the position.  Be proactive and address any concerns you may have.  It is better to be clear about what is expected from you and what you expect prior to accepting the position.

Brag about the positive

You may feel awkward bragging about yourself, but it is important to let them know about your accomplishments.   Did you receive awards or fill a leadership role in a past position?  Talk about any situation where you stepped up and demonstrated confidence in your skills.  Be proud of your abilities and job performance.

Do your homework

What are common travel nursing interview questions?  Make a list and write out your answers in advance so can respond with confidence.  Research the facility where you will be assigned.  You can impress the interviewer with your knowledge of the facility.

Follow up after the interview

You should hear back quickly if your interview goes well.  I like to send a thank you note to the interviewer thanking them for the opportunity to be interviewed therefore ask for their contact information.

Be prepared for the interview so you come across with confidence.  Take the opportunity to learn about other assignments that may be available. Let them see a positive and excited personality.

Happy travels nurses!

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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