Phone interviews are as serious as the interview in person. Be fully prepared for your next phone interview. We have some tips that might help you to be better at your phone interview. There can be many reasons you are asked to take phone interview, maybe the interviewer isn’t in town or maybe they don’t have enough time to schedule a meeting, whatever the reason is, they are very serious about this interview so should you!
#1. Take phone interview seriously.
Most common mistake people often make is they take it for granted. Take phone interview as seriously as you would take a personal interview. Be super confident with your words, and give your full attention to the interview. Even if your interviewer can’t see you in person but they can judge you by your voice. Don’t take an experienced interviewer for granted, he will surely notice everything the same as he would have an in-person interview. If you get a sudden interview call, don’t hesitate to ask them for more time and schedule another for the call.
#2. Find the perfect place.
At least a day before your interview find a comforting and peaceful place where you can give your 100% focus. A calm place where no one would disturb you would be a safe place for your phone interview. Make sure no distraction occur during your interview. Your study area would be perfect for an interview. Avoid beds and comfy couches as they would restrict you to fully focus and be alert. Cut out all the distraction. If you live with your family let them know that you need a quiet place for a while and not to disturb you during the interview. Don’t be in your pajamas, instead of dress up like you are doing an in-person interview, dressing up will keep you focused and you will give your better attention to the interviewer also this will avoid any lazy tone.
#3. Know your interviewer.
This may sound lame but stalk your interviewer and know who you are dealing with. Firstly find his/her likes and dislikes. Where they come from. And what kind of person they are. These things will surely help you to be prepared for the interview. If we know a person, we would be so much more promising. Try to find some common topics of interest you both have. Let the man know you are well prepared for the job.
#4. Make notes.
Make notes about the question which are likely to be asked and fully prepared for the answer. Making handy notes would be helpful and gives you confidence during the interview.
Be specific about your answer that can give a clear message to the interviewer. Making notes would keep you doubt free and you will have a clear impression about yours.
#5. Do your research.
Know the company for which you are giving an interview. Do full research on the company through its official websites and blogs. Talk to the employees of the company if you can. Make yourself clear about why you want that job, this can be beneficial to the interview. You know it all attitude towards your workplace will surely help drawing a clear image of you in front of your interviewer. Use social media to know the vibes for the company. Have full knowledge about how they treat their employees. And what’s the overall environment of the company. Doing research will help you in making an informed decision.
#6. Strategies your answers.
Do no less practice for a phone interview that what you would have done for your in-person interview. Prepare notes for what kind of questions they could ask, and strategies your answers accordingly. If you would practice your answers before a couple of days then chances of you mistaken would reduce, plus you would feel much more confident. Keep your answers genuine, thoughtful and reflective. Additionally, record a voice message and practice your answers on the phone.
#7. Be ready!
Keep your resume, interview letter, job description and any other required document with yourself during the interview. Prepare a list of required documents and see if you have all of them. You would need the documents for reference. Missing any document during an interview would send a really wrong message about you, try not to do that. If you have applied for many jobs then keep track of companies. Make notes for each company and organize all the documents for each company.
#8. Be a good listener.
Be patient when they ask questions and let them finish first. Don’t try to dominate the conversation. Being a good listener would give a good impression for you. Always listen carefully first then answer the question. Occasionally people jump to the conclusion about the question and end up ruining the interview because they weren’t listening. This small habit of being a good listener would surely help you with your interviews. Don’t flip the interview by asking too many questions to the interviewer.
#9. Be enthusiastic!
Don’t sound dull as that would clearly send a negative impression about your personality. Sound like you are really excited about this job and you do care about the company. Show genuine interest in this opportunity, ask about your position in the company and different aspects of job. Don’t afraid to dig a little deeper. Show them your good skills and what you have to offer them.
#10. Common questions!
Be prepared for the common questions. Every interview has some common questions which is important for the job and you as an employee. Some common questions are
- Can you travel for the job – don’t hesitate to say no if you can’t travel and be straight forward with your answer.
- When can you join- don’t sound desperate with NOW! You do need some time to prepare yourself for your job.
Just be honest with these kinds of questions. Make sure this job is right for you and you can give your full to this job. Common questions may vary for different fields of jobs.
#11. keep Smile!
Keep smiling while giving your interview. This will send an image of you as a happy person. They are not just looking for an employee but also an easy person to work with. Not smiling will project you as an arrogant and rude person. Show him that you are lucky to have an opportunity like this. Show some sense of humor if you can. Set a friendly voice message and yourself with a good conversational tone.
#12. Ask the right kind of questions.
Asking right kind of questions is the key to show that you’re interested in this job and you are not taking it for granted. Don’t jump straight on salaries as this can make things awkward. Start with job questions like when can you join, what role will you have in the future for your company. If the topic of salaries come up then you can go for it.
In addition to that ask them if they have any more questions for you. By doing so, you seem confident about yourself.
#13. Speak clearly.
Don’t hesitate !! This is number one for any interview.a person may think that it’s a phone interview and interviewer doesn’t see if you are being awkward or doubtful about anything. Your tone will tell him about your personality and being not confident would have a negative effect on you. Don’t mumble, speak clearly with full confidence as you are full prepared and don’t have any doubts about the job.
#14. Be talkative!
Don’t let the conversation die. Come up with something to talk about. Don’t let awkward silence to rule your interview. Being talkative will give the right impression of yours. As people just not want a robot but they want a person with a good personality who is easy and fun to work with.
Don’t sound like you are at gunpoint rather have a friendly tone.
You have been good at the small takes so that you can avoid the awkward silence. Prepare yourself a list of small talks.
#15. Know your future position.
Don’t hesitate to ask about your role in the company. Ask when can you hear about follow up and what will be your next steps. Asking such kind of questions will make you seem as you’re interested in the job and present you as a serious candidate. Make a list of the questions which will help in letting you know the role for you in the future.
#16. Send a thank-you email
Always send a thanks email after the interview. It will show that you are interested in and appreciate the interviewer. Choose the right words for thanks email. Do it after you wrap up your interview. Make sure you highlight some important topics or conversation you had during the interview. A formal email would be best.
Keep in mind that the phone interview is as important as an in-person interview. Be prepared for worst-case scenario keep your phone charged and earphones beside you.
Give some thoughts to yourself and be confident. We have these tips to help with your next phone interview.