Phone interviews have become a normal part of the job hunting process as more and more companies use it as a screening process before deciding to dedicate the time and resources to bringing you in for a meeting. They can be daunting, in essence becoming a shorter window in which you’re still expected to sell yourself as you would in an interview, without the benefit of body language or the interview environment.
Our consultants have plenty of experience at coaching candidates through their phone interviews, so they’ve put together these tips to help you get through to the next stage.
Research as if it was a full job interview
Many people fall into the trap of thinking that as a phone interview is shorter than a traditional interview, they don’t need to do as much preparation. This couldn’t be further from the truth! You should still prepare yourself for the standard range of questions and this means doing your research (If you’re struggling on what you should be researching check out our guide here). One of your major advantages of a phone interview is that you can have your research printed off and annotated in front of you. This includes both your research about the company and your own achievements and projects – make sure you have everything you need when you get the call.
Practice what you want to say
While you shouldn’t treat a phone interview any differently from a face to face interview you should treat it like a presentation. Neither you nor the interviewer will have the luxury of body language, so your voice has extrude confidence and positivity. Practice what you want to say so you don’t stumble over your words and work these statements into your answers when appropriate.
Most importantly – don’t interrupt! There’s no quicker way to put an interviewer off and it can even suggest a lack of soft skills If you’re unsure the interviewer has finished speaking, count to three in your head. This will give you the time to formulate your answers but won’t be noticeable in the conversation.
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You can see the rest of our interview advice series here.