Preparing for a Phone Interview
- T.J. Lambro, Senior Technical Recruiter
Phone interviews are a great way for the client to become familiar with your qualifications, personality, and communication skills.
Remember that interviews are about solution selling.
Phone Interview Dos and Don’ts
- Match Your Qualifications - Review the job description and create a list of how your qualifications match the hiring criteria. Have a copy of your resume in clear view so you don’t have to remember what you did when.
- Research the Job and the Company - The more prepared you are for the interview, the smoother it will go.
- Prepare for Standard Questions – Review answers to typical phone interview questions and think about how you will respond.
- Turn Off Call Waiting – If you have call waiting, turn it off. The beep of an incoming call is distracting.
- Free Yourself of Distractions - Interview in a private quiet space. It’s important that the rest of the household does not interfere with your focus.
- Have a Glass of Water Nearby – There’s nothing worse than having a tickle in your throat or a cough when you need to speak. Have a glass of water ready.
- Listen and Enunciate - Ask for clarification if needed. Speak slowly, carefully, and clearly when you respond. It’s fine to take a few seconds to compose your thoughts before answering.
- Pay Attention to Body Language - This might sound strange, but your body language matters on the phone. Focus on the interviewer and smile. You’ll make a better impression.
- Have Questions Ready - Be prepared to respond when the interviewer asks whether you have any questions. Prepare a few questions in advance, and review them prior to the interview.