Phone interviews are becoming more prevalent. Especially in today’s economic recession, employers are cutting cost by relying on phone interviews to do two things: 1. Identify and recruit candidates for employment, and 2. Screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants to invite for in-person interviews.
I recently engaged in a phone interview with a potential employer. The below tips and tricks helped me conduct a successful phone interview.
- Be prepared. Prepare for a phone interview the same way you would an in-person interview. Practice answering potential questions with behavioral, or experienced-based answers.
- Interview location. Although you can conduct a phone interview in almost any location, make sure to clear the room. Turn off the TV, close your door, and tell friends and family not to enter till you give the OK. Have your resume in view, compile a list of skills and accomplishments to reference, and keep paper handy for note-taking.
- During the interview. Do not chew gum, smoke, or engage in any activity that you would not do during an in-person interview. Smile, speak slowly and clearly, and take your time. Do not interrupt the interviewer and remember the goal is to make it to a face-to-face interview.
Follow these steps and you will be one step closer to an in-person interview!