Gone are the days when an impressive resume would score you a job immediately. It’s only natural for you to get excited if you score a phone interview. However, getting a phone interview can be just the beginning of the job hunting process. For a phone interview, remaining calm is your best option, and with these tips for preparation, you should be able to succeed in your interview.
Tip 1: Conduct Your Research
Before the interview, you should research the company and the role for which you’re applying. Great ways to do this are to look at the company website, their social media, and their blog if they maintain one. This will help you get ahead of the competition and will show enthusiasm for the company and position itself.
Tip 2: Be Prepared To Go Into Detail About Your Resume
Always be prepared to explain what’s on your resume. If you have any significant gaps in employment, you will have to explain why there’s a gap in your employment history. Employers can also ask about the transitions between each of your previous jobs and what your current career goals are.
Tip 3: Research Interview Questions
Most employers will ask fundamental interview questions to get the logistics out of the way. After any inquiries regarding your job history, they might ask you about hypothetical situations that are meant to throw you off guard. However tough the question may be, you should remain calm as your tone will tell if you’re nervous.
Tip 4: Have a Quiet Space
When participating in a phone interview, it is essential to have a quiet area when going into the interview. This will allow you to speak clearly and effectively. Having a quiet space will also mean that you’re able to give your full attention to the interviewer.
Tip 5: Consider Your Tone When Speaking
It is essential to have the right tone when speaking to an interviewer. A good tip is to always speak confidently, and mirror the tone of your interviewer. This will help build rapport between you and your interviewer. During a phone interview, the interviewer is also gauging your speaking abilities. Remember to speak with ease, as the interview should be conversational. Too much rigidity will not impress the employer. When speaking with ease, your personality shows through the way you talk. Just because an employer can’t see you doesn’t mean they won’t be able to decide how they perceive your character from your voice.
Tip 6: Take Notes
Along with having the necessary information about the company by your side, you should take notes on what your interviewer is saying about the position. This will help you later for when you need to ask questions.
Tip 7: Have Questions Prepared
Although some people may not ask questions during a phone interview, it is helpful to ask questions. Asking questions is an important part of the interview as it shows that you’re interested in the position and passionate about yourself. Some good questions to ask are, “What is the company culture like?”, or “How would you describe your experience at this company?” Avoid asking questions regarding benefits or salary until you have a follow-up interview.
Tip 8: Ask If They Have Further Questions And What Steps There Are Moving Forward
In this time frame of wrapping up an interview, the interviewer can ask any questions in response to the questions you asked. After that, you can ask what steps there are to take moving forward. The interviewer will let you know the next steps, and you can be confident in knowing what will happen moving forward.
Tip 9: Thank the Interviewer
Once you have completed the interview, always remember to thank the interviewer. After you hang up, the waiting begins. It’s appropriate to follow up a week or two, unless you were otherwise instructed in the interview. if you get no response, you can always email asking the status of the application. Don’t be too discouraged by a slow response as some companies must complete many interviews before choosing a candidate, but don’t waste the time you have waiting. Continue applying to new positions and interviewing until you get an offer.
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