5 Nursing Phone Interview Tips

Looking for 5 nursing phone interview tips? Phone interviews for nursing jobs are becoming more common, and they offer a tremendous advantage over in-person interviews. Grated, you won't be able to see the interviewer's reaction to what you are saying, but you will be able to be in the comfort of your own home. You won't have to put on an uncomfortable suit. You will also have the advantage of having resources in front of you. Fortunately, nursing is one profession that will always be in demand. If you happen to not do well on your phone interview, there will be another one, so relax and follow these tips.

  1. Have your resume out. When you get nervous during a phone interview, it is easy to forget why you are qualified for that particular nursing job. Having your resume easily accessible will help you feel more at ease, even if you don't end up using it. If you do look to your resume as a reference, don't read the bullet points verbatim or make your answer sound like you are reading a script.
  2. Answer the questions directly. Don't carry on and on. Be concise and thoughtful in your answers. It is okay to pause for a moment to think about your answer before speaking. Don't ramble or tell boring, irrelevant stories.
  3. Try to anticipate questions related to your nursing experience. During your nursing interview, you will most likely be asked about your clinical experience and how you have dealt with disgruntled patients and/or colleagues. Prepare these answers ahead of time, so if you get nervous you have something to look at. For any nursing position, your competency and ability to work with a team and deal with unhappy patients are the most important things to focus on.
  4. Don't multi-task during a phone interview. Treat your nursing interview as if it were an in-person interview. Don't eat while you are interviewing. Don't smoke. Don't chew gum. Don't fold your laundry, check your email or go to the bathroom. If you need a glass of water, that is fine; just cover the receiver when you are drinking.
  5. Don't interrupt the interviewer. During a phone interview, it is more difficult to determine when the other person is talking. When in doubt, wait. It is considered very rude to interrupt the interviewer, even if you have something exciting to say.
  6. Send a thank-you note. This applies to any kind of interview. Send an individual thank-you note (email is acceptable) to each person present at the interview. If your phone interview was a conference-type call, send a thank-you note to each person who asked you a question. May sure that you do this within three days of the phone interview and make sure to express your continued interest in the nursing position. Do note, however, that many nursing phone interviews are conducted by recruiters. In this case, it is not necessary to send a thank-you letter.


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