How to Prepare for a Phone Interview
To save time and money, more employers are conducting phone interviews to screen job candidates. On first thought, it might seem like a phone interview is easier than an in-person interview. But phone interviews have their own potential pitfalls. Here's how to ensure you ace yours...
Clear the Room
The last thing you need during a phone interview is to have distractions. They’re even worse, because your interviewer won’t be aware of the distractions and you could just come off as being distracted yourself. If you have flatmates, let them know what’s scheduled so they can give you the space you need. If they can’t leave for some reason, just insist that they keep the noise down during the phone call.
Dress the Part
If you take the phone interview in your pajamas, you aren’t going to feel very professional. Even though they can’t see you, dress the part for the interview. You don’t have to wear your interview suit, but at least wear things that make you feel competent and confident. If that includes accessories like jewelry or perfume, wear that, too.
Prepare Some Questions
At some point during the interview, they’ll likely ask if you have any questions for them. Prepare a list of questions you’d like to ask ahead of time so you don’t need to hesitate when it comes up. Have your questions next to you on your desk so you can read right off the list.
Keep a Blank Notepad Next to You
Your interviewer will no doubt provide some information about the job during the phone interview. Jot down what they tell you on a blank notepad so you can refer to it later. You’ll be glad you did later on, so you don’t have to ask them to repeat themselves.
Write a List of Your Own Qualifications
During your phone interview you’ll get a chance to tell them why they should hire you. Don’t leave this to your memory. Write down all the reasons why you’re best suited for the job so you can speak with confidence about your qualifications.
Remember, the phone interview is one step closer to an in-person interview or even a job offer. Take all the steps mentioned above so you’re as prepared as you possibly can be.