Phone Interview – How to Nail It ?
Tips for Your Phone Screen Interview
Telephone interviews are quite common in today’s job market. They are offered for a variety of reasons including cost savings, screening of candidates and out-of-town applicants. To successfully navigate the phone interview, it is important to have a solid game plan in place for preparation.
The following quick telephone interview tips will help prepare yourself for a successful call
Phone Screen Preparation (During and After)
During the Phone Interview
- Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
- Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth.
- Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.
- BE ENGAGING in the conversation!!!!!!
- Show enthusiasm when you describe your experience and the passion for your work.
- Speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
- Don’t interrupt the interviewer.
- Take your time – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to collect your thoughts.
- If you need clarification regarding a question – IT IS OK TO ASK for it. You want to make sure you are answering on point to what they are looking for.
- Give direct answers but make sure they are detailed and specific. “General” answers may be perceived by the interviewer as being evasive.
- Remember your goal is to set-up a face-to-face interview. After you thank the interviewer make sure you express genuine interest in “taking this process to the next step” (setting up a face to face meeting”.
After the Interview:
- Take notes about what you were asked and how you answered.
- Write down what your general feelings were of how you feel you did.
- Remember to say “thank you.” Follow with a thank you note which reiterates your interest in the job. You can do this via e-mail.
More Interview Tips:
Phone Interview Etiquette
Phone interview etiquette is just as important as in-person job interview etiquette when it comes to getting hired. That’s because, regardless of how you interview, a successful interview will get you to the next stage of the hiring process.
Phone Interview Questions and Answers
It’s important take time to review the typical phone interview questions you’ll be asked and to prepare answers. In addition, plan on being prepared for a phone conversation about your background and skills. This may include both a behavioral and technical screening (if applicable).
Phone Interview Questions to Ask
When you are invited for a phone interview, in addition to reviewing the typical phone interview questions you’ll be asked, it’s important to have a list of questions (at least 3) ready to ask the interviewer. This is your chance to differentiate yourself from other candidates vying for the same role.
A great question to ask is, “What do you feel makes a successful (Business Analyst, Project Manager, Application Developer)in your organization?”