How to “Give Good Phone” in a phone interview!
Phone Interview Tips
Telephone Interview Tips & Techniques
Employers use telephone interviews as a way of identifying and recruiting candidates for employment. Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. They are also used as way to minimize the expenses involved in interviewing out-of-town candidates.
While you’re actively job searching, it’s important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment’s notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk.
Be Prepared to Interview
Prepare for a phone interview just as you would for a regular interview. Compile a list of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a list of answers to typical interview questions.
In addition, plan on being prepared for a phone conversation about your background and skills.
Keep your resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, or tape it to the wall near the phone, so it’s at your fingertips when you need to answer questions.
Have a short list of your accomplishments available to review.
Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.
Turn call-waiting off so your call isn’t interrupted.
Clear the room – evict the kids and the pets. Turn off the stereo and the TV. Close the door.
Talking on the phone isn’t as easy as it seems. I’ve always found it’s helpful to practice. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview and tape record it so you can see how you sound over the phone.
During the Phone Interview
– Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
– Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth.
– Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
– Speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
– Use the person’s title (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.) Only use a first name if they ask you to.
– Don’t interrupt the interviewer.
– Take your time – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to collect your thoughts.
– Give short answers.
– Ask for the Job
Remember your goal is to set-up a face-to-face interview. After you thank the interviewer ask if it would be possible to meet in person.
After the Interview
Take notes about what you were asked and how you answered.
Remember to say “thank you.” Follow with a thank you note which reiterates your interest in the job