You applied for that job. Great. Now you have been invited to participate in a phone interview. This is often the first step of the interview process. It gives employers the opportunity to gauge whether you would be a suitable fit for the role before moving forward any further. Here are some of our top tips to help you ace your phone interview:
Preparation is key: A phone interview should not be overlooked so make sure you prepare. You should be comfortable talking through your resume and experience. Prep for questions like “why do you want to work at this company?”, “what is your greatest achievement?”, “tell me about a time you face a challenge and how you overcame it?”. Tailoring your answers is the best possible way to ensure you are satisfying what the interviewer is asking and positioning yourself as an ideal candidate.
Eliminate distractions: You need to concentrate a little more during a phone interview so make sure you create or are in a quiet environment. Find a quiet place for the call where ideally, there are no distractions. Make sure you have any relevant materials like your resume nearby for easy access.
Speak clearly: It is important to present yourself in a professional manner from the first “Hello” to the minute you hang up. Be sure the interviewer can hear you. Speak clearly and directly into the phone. Take your time and consider your breathing. Taking a breath between when the interviewer asks you a question and when you start answering it really allows you to think about what you’re going to say.
Listen and engage : Talk, but do not dominate the conversation. Let the interviewer finish speaking before responding to their questions. Ask questions about the role, the company etc. Let the interviewer see you have a genuine interest in this position. A telephone interview is all about making a good first impression. Taking the time to prepare for this properly could be the difference between getting invited to an in-person interview or not.