Phone Interview Tips for Any Job
Unfortunately, there are many ways a job interview over the phone can go wrong. A phone interview is often a crucial step for a candidate, and you may not get another chance. Don’t miss the opportunity to impress your interviewer. If the phone interview goes well, you may get that next call to interview in person.
Here are five “must-haves” for your phone interview.
- Printed notes & paperwork. Print out these four important documents and have them in front of you during the interview: the job description, your resume, emails between you and the recruiter or hiring manager, and any notes you have taken. You may need to refer to any or all of these, and you don’t want to ask the interviewer to wait while you search on your screen.
- Peace & quiet. Background noise is incredibly distracting to someone who is trying to get information in a call. Avoid crowded areas, crying babies, noisy jewelry, and anything in your mouth, except an occasional sip of water if you need it. It goes without saying that if you’re using a cellphone, you should be in an area with a good signal.
- Slow and serious manner. Because they can’t see your face, your words need to be clear and straightforward. Don’t rush through your words, and fight the urge to make jokes. A smile in your voice is appropriate at the beginning and end of the call, but for the main conversation, take it seriously.
- Answer the questions . . . and ask some, too. Your interviewer is taking notes and needs specific information. Make it easy for them by directly answering the questions they ask. Then provide supporting details. For example, “Yes, I have used that tool. For example, last year I used it when . . .” Also, make sure you have at least one question to ask the interviewer that allows them to give you their opinion. For example, “How do you think this job is valuable to the department?” You will learn something useful and the interviewer can slow down and think about their answer. It will make your interview more memorable if they can interact meaningfully with you.
- Say thank you & follow up with an email. A phone interview doesn’t necessarily require a mailed thank you card. A pleasant email that says, “Thank you for your time today. I enjoyed hearing more about this job,” is enough.
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