The purpose of a job interview over the phone is not quite the same as a face-to-face meeting. The phone interview is intended to be a screening device, much like a resume review. The primary function is to weed out unqualified candidates.

The employer is using the phone interview to determine whether it would be worth the time, effort and money to bring the candidate in for a face-to-face meeting. The hiring manager has already seen the resume, and based on that, has determined that the person meets the minimum requirements. Now, the healthcare organization is trying to get more of a feel for the extent of the person’s skill set, how well he communicates and his personality. The company is trying to find out what substance there is behind the words on the resume.

The questions for the interview, which is usually conducted by someone in the human resources department, are more likely to be straightforward, to flesh out what is on the resume, and to get a sense of how accurate that information is, rather than questions about how you would go about doing the job. Here are a few questions that are likely to be asked in a phone interview.

  1. Why do you want to work as a traveler? Again, this is in keeping with the just-the-facts style of this type of interview. The company wants to get a sense of your motivation for working as a healthcare traveler.
  2. One a scale of 1 to 10, rank your skill level with… (some aspect of the job such as using electronic health records, a particular type of therapy, dealing with patients, etc.). This is a fairly common phone interview question. Be specific in your answer; reference any certifications or classes you have taken, or trainings that have helped you build your skill level up.
  3. What are your greatest strengths? This is a question that you can be relatively certain you will get and not just over the phone. It will come again if you make it to the in-person interview stage.
    You need to prepare and rehearse a response so your answer is cogent and expressed well. You should look for strengths that make you stand out from other candidates and that can be quantified in some way.
  4. What is your greatest accomplishment? This is another common phone question. It’s your chance to really impress the healthcare organization with your talents. You should prepare a response of about 60 seconds.

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