Phone Interview Tips for Medical Doctors
Great news that you have received an email from Medipeople offering you a phone interview for a hospital in Australia or New Zealand. The phone interview is a crucial step in the medical recruitment process and the degree of preparation required will vary depending on the seniority of the position. We know it can be frustrating to get the job you want, so here are some interview tips to help you get the most out of your next phone interview!
Lock in the date
Due the time difference, the interview time and date are most likely to be early in the morning or late in the evening and not ideal for anybody! Rather than ask to rearrange another time make every effort to be available at the requested time. It is likely that the interview panel have set times and cannot easily be moved about. Asking to move the interview runs the risk of it not happening at all!
Research the location and hospital
You will have been provided with the standard job description and overview but why stop there. Check Google for more information about the area and hospital. Australia is a huge place and the hospital could be located in a town you have never heard of. Read up on the area. The panel will be impressed.
Research the phone interview panel
Thanks to Google and LinkedIN it is easy to find out information about our colleagues. If you can find information on the interview panel you many find common themes of clinical interest (or they may even be a fellow alumni). This is great preparation and will give you the chance to break the ice at the start of your phone interview.
Speak to your recruiter about likely interview questions and the interview format.
Once of the benefits of working with a company like Medipeople is the prep and advice candidates before interviews. It is likely they have sent previous candidates for interview to this hospital and know the likely questions and stumbling blocks. In addition, have a look at our article on 10 winning habits of successful doctors!
Provide two phone numbers
It sounds obvious but many a phone interview has been derailed by some kind of problem connecting to the number provided.
Prepare your interview space and technology
Decide prior to the phone interview where you will be based. Make sure there is minimal background noise and good phone reception. If you have a Bluetooth headset consider using it. Have a pad and pen to make notes of points or questions for later.
Manage your perception
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Greet the callers in a clear and friendly manner. Make sure you remember their names from your phone interview notes. Your clinical skills and experience are important but remember they are planning to hire a doctors from overseas. There is a lot of work required for hospitals to sponsor so they need your enthusiasm to shine through. Leave them in no doubt if you like the sound of the position that you will be prepared to accept the offer. Drink some water!
Ask relevant questions
Have one or two prepared questions you would like to ask them in your phone interview. Topics could include the job and hospital but also the local. If you have family you may want to know about the local schools or work opportunities for a spouse.
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