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How to nail a Phone Job interview

May 23, 2019 0 Comments

As an established Healthcare Recruitment Agency, we receive thousands of resumes per month. However, only a minority of those resumes actually would qualify for the open healthcare vacancies we have available.

So if your resume sparks our interest, then we are fairly confident that we can help you in your search for a new job vacancy.

Below is a short summary of tips and advice that will help you to nail that first phone interview with one of our consultants.

Make sure you have an idea what you want in your next role

As a Recruitment Agency, it’s essential that we are getting to know you and get an understanding of what you really want to do. What sort of organisation do you respond to? What are your salary expectations? What do you really want to get out of this in the long term?

While we can figure it out together and advise you on Recruitment Best Practice principles, there is nothing like good, old-fashioned preparation to make sure that you land your dream role.

Phone Interview

Get ready for the call

Before the call, confirm all the details, including the date, time, and who you will be talking to. Be sure you know whether the interviewer is calling you or if you need to make the call.

If something goes wrong and you miss the call, or the recruiter doesn’t call on time, don’t panic. Sometimes sending a quick text message before the call telling the interviewer that you are ready might help, otherwise, you should be able to get the call back on track or reschedule if need be.

Use a quiet, comfortable, and private space with no distractions so you can focus on the interview.

Get ready for the call

Excellent Phone Interview Etiquette

Review these guidelines for appropriate phone interview etiquette, so you make the best impression on your interviewer.

Answer the phone yourself. First, be sure to let family members and/or roommates know you are expecting a call. When you answer the phone, respond with your name, i.e. “Jane Doe” (in a perky tone of voice), so the interviewer knows they have reached the right person.

Listen carefully to the interviewer and don’t start speaking until the interviewer finishes the question. If you have something you want to say, write it down on your notepad and mention it when it’s your turn to talk.

Don’t worry if you need a few seconds to think of a response, but don’t leave too much dead air. If you need the interviewer to repeat the question, ask.

Excellent Phone Interview Etiquette

Ask for the next steps

It’s always a good idea to close the call by asking the recruiter what the next steps would be, agree on them and stay true to your commitments to each other.

Of course, you have to show that you are actually ready to move jobs, so don’t push back too hard unless your answers or experiences were misheard or misunderstood.

Agreement on next steps


Gorilla Jobs does more than finding you a new job. Getting to know you means we find the right fit in an organisation and for your career. What makes us stand out?  We strive to shape the future of all the people we work with: our Partners, our Associates, our candidate’s and our clients. How? By creating value together.

Contact us via phone, request a callback or simply chat with our team online to get your Job Search started.