Phone Interview Tips
Have a phone interview coming up? Don’t just wing it – phone interviews are often your first attempt to learn more about a job and make a great impression. Here are some good ways to prepare for and ace your next phone interview:
- Use a land line whenever possible. If you must use a cell phone, please stay stationary. Even moving around a room can cause signal disruption.
- Do not take an interview call while traveling in a car or sitting in a public place. It’s a signal to the hiring manager that you do not take the opportunity seriously.
- Stand if possible. It lends strength to your voice and sharpens your focus.
- Any expression of interest and enthusiasm helps! So smile while you talk with them, even though they can’t see you. It will be reflected in your voice.
- Get to a quiet room & allow at least an hour for the talk. Let anyone who might be in the house / office know that you need uninterrupted time to be able to focus on the call.
- Then focus. Stay off-line & don’t give into the temptation to multi – task.
- Keep your answers brief and to the point. They’ll have a certain number of questions to get through in a limited period of time and if you spend too much time answering any one question, it detracts from the whole interview.
- If you don’t understand the question, ask them to repeat it.
- If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t try to make up an answer. Just let them know and move on to the next question.
- If you used to know the answer to a question or solved a similar problem earlier in your career, it’s o.k. to say that it’s been several years, so while you can’t remember the specifics now, you know where to find the answer or how to go about solving the problem.