Ten Phone Interview Tips for Nurses

July 23, 2015

Is the idea of doing a phone interview stressing you out? That is understandable because it probably feels like you must put on a show. Instead of looking at it as a job interview, consider it a meet and greet that allows you and the interviewer to get to know one another. Not all jobs are a good fit, just like not all travel nurses are right for each assignment. The phone interview allows both sides to make an informed choice.

Consider some over the phone interview tips that can help you relax and put your best foot forward.

1. Use a High-Quality Phone

You don’t have much control over how strong the connection is but you can at least make sure you have a good phone for the interview. If necessary, consider replacing your old feature phone with a smartphone or borrow one to use for the interview.

2. Put Your Game Face On

You could do the interview in your PJs, but taking the time to take a shower and dress will have an effect on your attitude. You don’t have to put on a suit or business clothes, but wear something neat and clean to set the mood.

3. Make a List of Questions You Want to Ask

The interviewer will undoubtedly give you the opportunity to ask questions. If you have a readymade list it will show you are efficient and forward-thinking.

4. Act like Someone is Watching You

Don’t do the interview while lying in bed or slouching on the couch. Sit up or stand at a desk or table. Like showering and getting dressed, this prepares you mentally for a professional interview.

5. Don’t Eat or Drink During the Interview

This is just a courtesy. You may think it is only a cup of coffee or glass of water, but imagine how gulping sounds on the other end of the line. Most interviews only last up to 30 minutes, so you can wait. If you must get a sip of water, cover the mouthpiece.

6. Keep Your Resume and Cover Letter Handy

You don’t want to rely on memory alone when answering the interviewer’s questions. It just leads to stuttering answers and inaccuracies. Dates, certifications, job titles, names – these details matter during a phone interview. You will give a better impression when armed with the facts, so have your resume and other pertinent documents in front of you to use as resources.

7. Do a Little Prep Work

Nursing2015 offers a list of common questions asked during a job interview for nursing. Go over these questions and consider your answers prior to the call. This will help prep you for the interview and provide answers that are well thought out. 

8. Show Some Passion

You are a nurse and, by definition, someone who cares about others. Show this passion during the interview by demonstrating an excitement for what you do and a desire to provide quality care to patients. You can engage the interviewer by discussing the organization or facility, too.

9. Don’t Express Negativity

This includes talking down about your last job assignment, lodging, city or coworkers. Avoid discussing things you hate to do, too. If the interviewer asks what you dislike about nursing, be honest, but try to keep it upbeat as much as possible.

10. Know About the Job before the Interview

Look up the facility online and ask the staffing company for specifics about the work. What department are they hiring for? Why do they need a travel nurse? Preparing ahead of time ensures you appear informed to the interviewer.

The phone interview does not have to be the worst part of applying for a new job assignment – not when you prepare in a way that bolsters your confidence and allows your skills to shine.