I have recently scheduled telephone interviews but I am experiencing a noise problem.
I currently work from my home which is in a dense neighborhood of a large, urban area. At any coffee shop, park, book store, etc., anywhere within walking distance, the ambient noise from traffic, customers, employees, and/or music is very loud and certainly unprofessional-sounding (curse words, yelling, honking, etc.).
However, my apartment building is undergoing significant construction for an extended period of time and there is very loud hammering (among many other loud noises) essentially all day from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. The work crew consists of at least 20 construction workers, in teams of 6 or 7 working on 3 different areas (siding, roof, and roof leaks into the basement). Other than the basement (which is also a busy laundry room) there are no common spaces or quiet rooms in the building nor in my apartment.
I asked one of the construction workers when they take their lunch break and he replied that it depends on the team. Apparently the basement team, the siding team, and the roof team figure out their lunch breaks apart from each other, and for the siding and roof teams, they try to coordinate specifically so that both teams do not stop working at the same time.
I don't have any friends or colleagues who live within a close enough distance to ask about using their apartments for receiving the call.
There are some co-working spaces in town, but they are expensive and the level of membership required to get even just a few hours in a private office (as opposed to the very rowdy and loud bank of cubicles in the main area) is far too expensive for my budget. Renting hotel rooms in the area is much much more expensive than this, and it's clearly infeasible to spend hundreds of dollars renting hotel rooms or work spaces for every different phone introductory interview that comes up.
It seems that I don't have any choice beyond accepting the phone calls from my apartment, but I am concerned that the loud and abrasive sound of construction will be unprofessional. The interviewer may think, "Why couldn't the candidate arrange to go somewhere quiet?" -- But that is the problem. Even thinking about where to accept the call several days in advance, I can't think of a single place where I would be allowed to have an involved telephone interview and the rest of the space would be suitably quiet.
How can I handle this in a professional way?
In response to the many suggestions below: I've already thought of most of the easy solutions (like going to the library, finding a hotel lobby that doesn't require a lengthy commute, trying to learn the lunch break of the large work crew, etc.)
I'm not really asking to try to get random tips on how to find a quiet place. It's pretty clear that I'm not going to be able to find a quiet place.
I'm asking how to professionally handle the phone call and explain it to the phone interviewer so that the construction (which I can't prevent or get away from) won't negatively impact me.