Any time you’re looking for a job, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a potential phone interview.
Quite a few companies tend to begin the interviewing process by calling. These calls often turn into somewhat informal interviews to gauge your interest in the position among other things.
Unfortunately, an impromptu phone interview can be sprung on you without even a moment’s notice. Therefore, you should be ready to answer certain questions on the fly. You should also always answer your phone in a professional manner whenever you’re actively applying for work.
Here are some tips to help ensure you have a successful phone interview. If all goes well, hopefully, you’ll get to move on to an in-person one and land the job you’re after.
Brush Up on Your Q&A
Just like you’d prepare for a regular interview, you should be ready for certain common interview questions. You’ll likely be asked about your strengths and weaknesses as well as about your interest in the company.
Other common topics include your work history and past responsibilities, salary expectations, and your qualifications. Your interviewer will almost certainly want to know what you can bring to the table.
While most phone interviews involve fairly typical questions, you should also have done some homework. Ideally, you should be able to show how your qualifications meet the demands of the job description.
Have Your Own Questions
Not only should you be prepared to answer the interviewer’s questions, you should also have some of your own. It’s often a good idea to ask about the responsibilities involved in the position and about the company culture.
In addition to gathering more details about the job and workplace, you should also ask what more you can do. For example, you can ask if they’d like for you to provide a list of references.
Keep Your Notes Available
Since you may not know when you’ll receive a call, you should always have your interview materials on hand. This means keeping a copy of your resume and cover letter close by in case you need them.
Additionally, make sure you’ve got all your notes available as well. This includes questions you’d like to ask, a checklist of your relevant skills and information you’ve gathered about the company.
While being interviewed over the phone, you should always be respectful and articulate. That means limiting distractions and observing proper etiquette.
Avoid eating, chewing gum, or smoking while talking on the phone. Also, try to disable any noise making distractions or notification tones.
Practice Makes Perfect
Not everyone is good at talking on the phone. Just as you might rehearse for a physical interview, you can also practice for those conducted over the phone.
Have a friend or loved one help you by conducting and recording a mock interview. Afterward, you can listen to it and work on improving your conversational speaking habits.