Good Call! The 5 Most Important Phone Interview Tips to Follow

Many companies are conducting phone interviews with job candidates before selecting their final choices for in-person meetings. But because it’s just a phone call is not a reason to slack off in your preparation. Be ready to show your best with these phone interview tips.

You should treat the phone interview the same way you would an in-person meeting. Many companies use phone interviews not just as an introduction to a candidate, but also to make sure an in-person interview is worth the time.

The bottom line: “Phoning it in” on your phone interview would be a big mistake.

Here are five tips that can help you ace your next phone interview:

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

If you know how to research for an in-person interview, you know how to research for a phone interview. Make sure you’re up to speed on the company, job description and your interviewer(s) ahead of time. Prepare as though this is your one and only chance to convince them to hire you. One benefit of talking on the phone is that the interviewer(s) can’t see you, so you can easily place your research notes, resume and list of phone interview tips right in front of you for easy reference. (See also #5 below.)

2. Know your answers cold

The call may start with (or consist entirely of) typical interview questions. These questions, although basic, will hold great importance if this is the only time you get to talk to the company before a decision is made. The difference between knowing exactly what you want to say and fumbling for the right words could be the difference between getting an in-person interview or not.

3. Get in a good interview space

Knowing how to prepare for a phone interview includes knowing where you’re going to take the call. A private room with a closed door and a comfortable chair is ideal. Once you’re in the room, get rid of all potential distractions. Close your laptop, disable social media notifications on your phone and make sure no passersby will disturb you. Curating this space for your phone interview will ensure you can keep complete focus throughout the call.

4. Be clear, concise and cheerful

Phone interviews may be short, so watch your speech to make sure it comes across professionally from the beginning. Speak clearly so you get your points get across, concisely so you don’t ramble and cheerfully to convey your excitement for the job.

5. Dress to impress

The interviewers can’t see you, but think about how different you feel wearing a suit versus a t-shirt and sweatpants. Clothes may not make the person, but they go a long way toward influencing your mindset. If you dress professionally and feel up to the job, you will be more likely to come across professionally in your phone interview.

What are your most successful phone interview tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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