It’s becoming commonplace to have a phone interview before one is invited to meet face-to-face with your potential employer. You will usually go through a 15-30 minute phone conversation with human resources and or your future manager before advancing to the next round of interviews. This is the first impression for a candidate and it’s vital you rock the first step. Here are some tips to make sure you do your very best during it.
Even though this is not an in-person interview, smiling when you’re speaking on the phone can help. Smiling along with standing changes the tone of your voice and it will give your voice a burst of energy and enthusiasm. Show that you really want this job with a smile.
Be confident in your answers:
An interview is a conversation and preparing goes a long way. The more you prepare, the faster you will be able to answer their questions with confidence. It is okay to take a few seconds to answer a question to come up with a great answer. However, do not let too much dead air occur because it will show the interviewer you were not prepared.
Keep Notes and Questions Handy:
Phone interviews give people the advantage to have notes and questions in front of them while speaking. Think about the most common questions interviewers ask such as explaining your careerpath, your strengths and weaknesses. Have a list of your accomplishments and be able to speak about specifics from these accomplishments and accolades. Also be sure to prepared questions to show your interest in the company and position
Follow Up To Thank Them:
Just like an in-person interview, it is vital that you follow up with your interviewer to reiterate your interest in the job. Make sure you get their email if you do not have that yet and you can always ask the recruiter for their email if you did not receive it. Remember to follow up with your thank you note within 24-hours of your phone interview. Check out this helpful post on how to write a standout thank you note.