With the rise of location independent working, phone interviews are gaining the limelight and as this trend is here to stay, you should get a hold on to it as soon as possible. Most jobs start their recruiting process with a telephonic chitchat in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews.
Therefore, if you want to add to your chances of getting a call for an in-person interview or even getting a job offer through a telephonic interview considering these points before you pick up the phone could get you there.
#1 Research before anything else
It is no rocket science to understand that the first question an interviewer would throw at an interviewee is “How much do you know about us?” and if you do not have an answer to this question, then mate, you are in a big trouble.
Thus, always do your homework before the interview. Put in an in-depth research about the company and the product or services they deal in. Your in-depth knowledge about the company might impress the interviewer.
For this, you can visit the company’s website or get help from a person who is working with the company as he/she could give you a better insight into the company’s day-to-day work and ethics.
#2 Have a plan
Having a plan is not by-hearting answers to the most obvious questions like – tell me something about yourself, or why do you want to work with us. It is; taking time to develop a success plan and mapping out your key strengths and qualifications that relate to the position.
While you would never read anything (including a script) while interviewing, having a few bulleted items on hand can help if you get sidetracked or when nerves take over.
Moreover, planning all the questions, you would like to ask the interviewer in advance also helps. This way, you verbally reflect your preparation and respect the interviewer’s time.
#3 Be Prepared
Since you may not know what questions the interviewer will throw at you, one should always be prepared for a surprise. Here are some tips to consider:
Prepare yourself to answer all the tricky questions that will be asked. You can make use of your past interview experiences to prepare a list of all those tricky questions.
Have a copy of your resume and research material in front of you, and keep these points in mind.
- Make notes during the interview.
- Keep yourself calm in body and mind.
- Make sure you don’t have to pet your dog during the call
- Turn off call waiting on your phone.
- Turn off all the devices that can cause distraction.
- Keep a glass of water handy. Warm up your voice while waiting for the call.
#4 Create the perfect environment
The best thing about the telephonic interview is invisibility. While an office environment could be tensed and stressful, telephonic interview gives you the freedom to set the scene that can lift up your confidence and mood.
Although dressing up is not necessary but wearing your favorite piece of clothing will make you feel comfortable. Limiting background noise will help you stay focused during the interview and will not be bothersome to the person who is interviewing you.
#5 Just a “Hello” is not Enough
The way you greet the employer over the phone plays the same role as shaking his hand in a face-to-face interview. How you answer to a phone interview is the first impression you make, and it sets the stage for the further conversation.
If you are wondering how to answer the phone for a phone interview, here are a couple of ways to do it:
- Hi, Mr. Saun. Thank you for calling. I am so glad we are able to do this interview over the phone.
- Hi, Eva. I was expecting your call. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today.
#6 Body Language and Tone
Even though you are not visible to the interviewer, it is not very difficult to convey energy to him or her. Yes, you can hear a smile as it adds energy to your tone. All you need to do is vary your speech with situation and mood.
On the other hand, certain habits, like sighing, pacing, chewing gum, pen tapping, etc. may seem innocuous but will be detected and become a distraction during the interview.
#7 Control your Speech
It is very important that the interviewer gets a good impression of you, and this would be possible only if you avoid speaking until the interviewer finishes the question. If you have any questions, just pen them down on paper and wait for your turn to speak. Moreover, you should speak clearly and loud enough to be sure you are heard properly.
One way to track how well you performed during a telephonic interview is to record interviews (both real and practice). Hearing the recording in spare time would highlight areas where you need to improve. Using proper speech method my friend James cracked an interview company called thanksforthehelp .
#8 Is it the right time to bring money?
Although you should never bring money in between until after an offer has been made, still you should be prepared for negotiation if any from the interview side.
#9 Any other questions?
At the end of an interview, asking the interviewer if he/she has any other question is a great way to wrap up the things. This will give him/her a chance to go back to the list of questions and see if something has been left out. If there are no more questions, ask what the next step will be in the hiring process.
One question you can always consider asking is
- Is there anything about my application that concerns you?
#10 End on a good note
Even if the interview has gone badly, do not forget to say thank you at the end. Sending a short thank you note to the interviewer after the interview is one basic office etiquettes you must get habitual to no matter what.
Phone interviews could be challenging but getting a hold of the right tips and tricks can help win a positive nod from the interviewer. If you have any interview story to share, the comment box is all yours.