8 Simple Rules for Telephone Interviewing
You've found what you think might be the perfect opportunity. You've spoken to the position's recruiter and they agree... this could be a match. Before a face-to-face interview takes place, however, the emergency medicine group you're interested in has decided they'd like to speak with you over the phone. Simple enough, right? Yes, but you still need to properly prepare yourself to ensure that you make a strong impression and secure a site interview.
Telephone screening offers an introduction and gives some level of assurance that you are appropriate for the opportunity. Remember the impression you make during the telephone interview determines if there will be a site visit. Unqualified candidates are screened out over the telephone. If you are unprepared or ill-mannered on the phone, you may not have an opportunity to go to the next step.
Key Things to Remember
Always Sound Alert and Interested
- Eliminate Background Noise
- Write Down the Caller's Name and the Group/Organization
- Be Prepared
- Ask Questions
- Give Concise Answers
- Inquire About the Next Step
- Be Flexible in Scheduling an On-Site Meeting