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6 Tips for Acing a Phone (or Skype) Interview

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Remote technology is changing everything about healthcare, from how we deliver services to how we monitor patients’ vital information.

And now, with remote communication services like Skype becoming more widespread and consumer-friendly, it’s even changing how we interview for jobs.

Chances are you’ll be presented with an opportunity to interview for a job by phone or Skype over the next few years. And as you’ll quickly learn, it’s a lot different from the usual face-to-face sit-down.

HealthCareerCenter.com wants to make sure that, when the time comes, you’re ready. Here are six tips that can help.

1. If it’s on your resume, be ready to discuss it.

Each of us has a favorite part of our own resume, like an important achievement or hard-to-get certification. They’re the things you can’t wait to talk about in an interview. Hiring managers have their own plans, however — and they might include a long discussion about a line that, unbeknownst to them, you only added to fill space. Interviews conducted over phone or Skype tend to get right down to business, as opposed to those conducted in-person, which are more conducive to small talk. So it’s likely your interviewer will be looking at your resume to guide the conversation.

If something is important enough to be on your resume, you have to be ready to talk about it at length. Otherwise, your uninspired answer will cast a shadow over the rest of the interview.

2. Remember that it’s not just what you say, but how you say it.

Being a good candidate on paper is important. But if you’re going to be working with patients, an interviewer will pay just as much attention (and probably even more) to how you present yourself.

So sit up straight, smile, and don’t rush your answers. Even if your interviewer can’t see you, they’ll be able to read your confidence through your voice. 

3. Address your shortcomings head-on.

Do you have a gap in your resume from the year you took off to travel Europe? Or maybe a two-year span where you worked for four different hospitals? Whatever the red flag on your resume is, don’t ignore it. That only invites suspicion.

Instead, bring these issues up on your own, without prompting from your interviewer. Then state the facts in a non-defensive way, and share the positives behind them. It’s better than letting the interviewer draw the wrong conclusions on their own. 

4. Spend most of your time preparing for the toughest questions.

There are two ways you can handle difficult questions like “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and “What’s your biggest weakness?” You can simply hope that your interviewer doesn’t ask them. Or you can take the smart approach — and prepare for them like you’re never prepared before. 

Make no mistake: these questions can make or break your chances of landing the job. Don’t fear them; embrace them. The more ready you are beforehand, the more likely you are to answer them perfectly. You can even have some phrases on post-it notes or index cards nearby to prompt your response (just make sure they can’t be seen if you’re on Skype.)

5. Research the organization and have your own questions ready.

Most interviewers close with some variant of “Do you have any questions for me?” If you answer with a simple “no”, you’re missing a great opportunity.

A few smart, insightful questions for your interviewer shows that you’ve done your homework and given the job the consideration it deserves. It’s a great way to highlight your enthusiasm for the job, too. Here again, you can have a couple of questions written out and in view so that you don’t forget to ask them when the time comes.

6. Set your stage long before the interview.

It’s no surprise that a lot of people forget this one. You spend days practicing your answers and perfecting your resume, then a few minutes before your interview call, it hits you: where are you actually going to do the interview? 

If it’s taking place over the phone, a few minutes are all you need. Pick a quiet room where you’ll be free from kids, pets, or anything else that could make noise — and if possible, use a landline instead of a cell phone to prevent dropped calls. If you’re doing a face-to-face call over Skype, make sure the room is well-lit and tidy.

Of course, before you put this advice into practice, you first have to land an interview. HealthCareerCenter.com is the best place to start, with thousands of the latest openings from the country’s leading healthcare organizations.

Happy interviewing!

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on U.S. News website. To read the original article, click here.