Physician recruiters: 3 ways to ensure your phone interview is a success

Published on: Nov 18, 2019


A successful phone interview gets you one step closer to filling an important position. After you've completed this initial screening phase, you'll likely have a shortlist of qualified candidates who are a good fit for the role. But how do you ensure you get the information you need?

Here are three tips you can put into practice during your next interview with physician candidates:

1. Research the candidates in advance

A phone interview gives you a limited amount of time to assess skills and experiences, as well as to ask questions about the candidate's personality. To make effective use of this time, you have to do your homework in advance.

Researching the prospective employee will provide you with valuable information you can use to focus your questions. Before your call, investigate these essential topics:

  • The candidate's employment history and their achievements.

  • The candidate's social media profiles.

  • Any research articles the candidate may have published.

You should also conduct a quick search to see if the candidate has been featured in any recent news stories. Once you have this research, cut out anything irrelevant to your search and organize your notes so you can refer to them throughout the phone interview.

Physicians: 3 ways to ensure your phone interview is a successKeep your notes on hand throughout the interview.

2. Create a list of questions to ask

A phone interview is your opportunity to find out if the candidate is a good fit for the position and whether they will fit into the organization's culture. Asking questions informed by your research will get you closer to relevant details quickly.

Consider asking questions such as:

  • What does your ideal work day look like?

  • What values do you look for in employers?

  • What do you like about working in medicine?

  • What's a professional challenge you recently overcame?

3. Plan to listen more than you speak

A phone interview is a two-way street. The candidate wants to know about the organization as much as you want to know about them. It's important to answer the candidate's questions thoroughly so that they can decide if they want to proceed. You'll also want to make sure the candidate has enough time to answer your questions.

When you ask for more information, try not to interrupt the candidate's answer. Give them space to tell a story, describe a recent challenge or discuss their work history. Take notes as you listen to their answers so you can ask follow up questions. Doing so will not only help your decision, but it also shows that you're actively listening.

Qualified candidates are just around the corner. Post your next available position on to get started. A successful phone interview gets you one step closer to filling a role.