Phone interviews are the most common first step in the OBGYN physician interview process. While phone interviews may feel awkward, they play a crucial role in determining whether there is mutual interest in moving forward in the interview process. Most often, you, as an interviewing physician, will speak with the lead physician, senior practice administrator, or internal physician recruiter. To help OBGYN physicians make a strong first impression in phone interviews, here are some essential tips to keep in mind.
Do your Research:
Before the scheduled phone interview, make sure to research the healthcare organization. Understand the organization’s mission, values, and any recent achievements. Review their website and social media to pick up clues on their priorities, practice services, and patient philosophies. Be prepared to share how your skills and experience align with their organizational goals and priorities.
Create a Quiet and Professional Environment:
Choose a quiet and private space for the phone interview where you won’t be interrupted. Ensure that the background noise is minimized and let those around you know about the interview to avoid any disruptions. A professional environment sets the tone for a successful interview.
Have Necessary Documents Handy:
Keep a copy of your CV, cover letter, and any other relevant documents in front of you during the interview. This will help you refer to specific details if needed and demonstrate your preparedness. Be ready to discuss your education, training, and work experience in detail.
Practice Common Interview Questions:
Anticipate common interview questions and practice your responses. Highlight your achievements, skills, and experiences that make you a strong candidate. Emphasize how your background would provide a positive impact on the team and patients. Practicing your answers out loud beforehand will help you articulate your thoughts more confidently during the actual interview.
Frequently asked interview questions include:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why did you decide to go into medicine?
- Why did you decide to go in to the OBGYN specialty?
- Why are you interested in our organization/position?
- What are you looking for in your next position?
Polish Your Communication Skills:
Effective communication is vital during a phone interview. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace remembering to enunciate your words. Be concise in your answers, providing enough detail to showcase your expertise without overwhelming the interviewer.
Most initial phone interviews for physicians are to determine if there is a good fit for 1) goals and 2) personality. Follow the interviewer’s lead and if the opportunity is available take time for pleasantries/small talk, ask about the interviewer, and find a way to t compliment the practice/organization. Overall, be relaxed and smile while you talk. (Trust us, they can hear it on the phone!)
Ask Thoughtful Questions:
Prepare a list of thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer. This demonstrates your genuine interest in the position and the organization. Inquire about the team dynamics, the organization’s future goals, and any specific challenges or opportunities within the organization or local hospital. Asking questions also gives you valuable insights into whether the organization is the right fit for you.
Throughout the interview, convey your enthusiasm for the position and the organization. Express your passion for patient care and your commitment to contributing positively to the healthcare team. Enthusiasm is contagious and can leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.
After the phone interview, send a thank-you email expressing your gratitude for the opportunity to interview. Reiterate your interest in the position and briefly mention why you believe you are a great fit. This small gesture demonstrates professionalism and courtesy.
Mastering a phone interview is crucial for physicians navigating the competitive job market. By taking the time to prepare and plan, OBGYN physicians can increase their chances of progressing to the next stages of the hiring process.
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