While an in-person interview can be nerve-wracking enough, enduring a phone interview can be downright terrifying.
You likely don’t know the person on the other side of the line and you can’t assess their reactions to your answers.
Do they sound angry? Bored? Upset? How can you tailor them accordingly if you can’t see them?
Over the years, we here at NPPA Recruiters have helped many new nurse practitioners and physician assistants find the right job in the city of their dreams. Through our experiences, we have collected a lot of pertinent tips and information that can help you ace your next phone interview.
The following guide should provide you with meaningful insight to help you land that dream job.
1. Speak Clearly
This, by far, is the most important tip that can make or break a phone interview.
In an in-office interview, getting the job would be near impossible if you spoke timidly or mumbled. The same goes for phone interviews. Speaking clearly ensures that the interviewer can understand what you have to say without asking to repeat yourself, or worst of all, disregard your answer completely.
Also, speaking in a confident, enthusiastic voice shows the interviewer that you are comfortable speaking about your skill set and helps to give the impression that you truly know what you are doing and what you are getting yourself into.
While speaking to the interviewer, try smiling. As odd as it may sound, smiling while talking to someone helps to convey your excitement.
There is a bevy of information floating around on the Internet that can prepare you for the questions the interviewer may ask. In the days before the interview, make a list of bullet points that point out your strengths and weaknesses, your skill set, and what you need to work on.
Why a bulleted list and not a fleshed out response? Because an interviewer can tell when you are reciting something off of a sheet of paper rather than answering earnestly. The bulleted list is there just to remind you what you need to talk about.
About an hour before the phone interview, practice your tone of voice, your smile, and your answers in front of your mirror. Practicing early enough will get you comfortable and confident when game time comes.
3. Maintain A Secure Connection
This is the 2nd most important—and most annoying if you live in a rural area—part of a phone interview.
Having a secure connection or adequate reception in your area is crucial to phone interviews. If the connection drops, getting back with the interviewer may be a task in itself.
One thing to relay to your interviewer at the beginning of the interview is your connection situation. Ask if there is an alternate line that you can contact them at. If there isn’t one, ask if they have a callback number.
Ultimately, your best bet is to be in a location that you know has a great reception.
4. Keep Your Resume Handy
More often than not, the interviewer will have your resume on hand for reference during the phone interview, so have a copy of your resume nearby as well.
Doing so will ensure that you are also prepared to answer the interviewer’s questions confidently, as well as keep both of you, literally and figuratively, on the same page.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
The phone interview isn’t a one-way street; it’s a conversation. And what makes a great conversationalist?
Someone that has the ability to listen, speak with decorum, and ask questions to clarify his or her understanding. In a phone interview, this is no different.
In the days leading up to the interview, do a little bit of homework on the company. Focus on positive changes they have done in the past and write them down in your notes. Next, tailor a few questions about the company’s achievements and successes, focusing on the positive results. As an example, ask how the position you are applying for will help them achieve more in the future.
Asking your interviewer(s) questions that are important to you shows the company that you are looking for a long-term career. It also helps to solidify if this the right company and position for you.
6. Always Send A ‘Thank You’ Note Afterward
Set yourself apart from other candidates. Sending a ‘Thank You’ note not only shows your appreciation of your interviewer’s time but also gives you the opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position and why you are a perfect fit for the company.
But remember to keep it short. You mainly want to thank the interviewer for their time. If you have their email address, send them a quick thank you email. Going beyond what other candidates would do is what keeps you one step ahead of the competition.
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