7 Tips for a Great Phone Interview

Some interviews job seekers face these days may not be face to face. Depending on the nature of the job you applied for you could be facing a telephone interview. Most people do not even know when they are called by recruiters or prospective employers and get asked some questions that they are facing a pre-qualifying phone interview. Many phone interviews may just be to pre-qualify the candidate prior to calling him in for a final session.

The next time you get a call based on a job application you made you may be in a phone interview without knowing it. Here are seven tips to getting the best out of a phone interview

1. Attend to your surroundings.

If you have an interview scheduled, take precautions beforehand to get in a good spot physically.

Don’t take the interview when you are at your desk and can’t talk freely. Don’t take the call when there is too much noise in the background. If you know beforehand make sure to be in a place with little or no distraction and don’t be walking from one place to another because the breathlessness that comes from walking and talking at the same time subconsciously conveys lack of comportment to someone who doesn’t know you.

2. Stand up.

No kidding. You’ll sound more self confident and dynamic if you stand while you speak than if you sit. Walking around a bit, but not too much, also keeps the call going smoothly. If your body is confined, your speech sounds different than if you have run of the room. It’s one reason that the best speakers walk around instead of standing in one place at the podium.

3. Prepare for the most obvious questions.

A resume is to get someone to pay attention to you. An in-person interview is to see if people like you. Somewhere in between those two events, people need to make sure you are qualified and you don’t have any huge red flags (ie major disqualifications). So in a phone interview you can expect people to focus on those two areas.

4. Give concise and well-structured answers/responses to interviewers.

This is true for in-person interviews, but even more important for phone interviews. If the interviewer is interested in more detail, he/she will ask. Phone Interviews are mostly shorter than face to face interviews and may be used to eliminate unqualified candidates

5. Smile when you pick the phone.

It is amazing how much smiling can influence the tone that is projected over the phone lines. When you smile, the person at the other end can hear it. This is a subtle, but critical, component of a phone interaction where the only cues available to the interviewer are auditory.

6. Be Ready

If you applied for any job always expect a phone call from the recruiting firm. That means at all times especially during the day your phone should be on and reachable. Many job seekers have lost chances of getting jobs because when the hiring company called they either had their phone switched off or weren’t around to answer the phone

7. Control.

When we’re nervous, we have a tendency to talk fast. Make an effort to slow your speech and speak normally. Your interviewer will appreciate your articulation and your brain will have more time to think about the right things to say.

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