Preparing for a Phone Interview
- T.J. Lambro, Sr. Technical Recruiter
Phone interviews are a great way for the client to become familiar with your qualifications, personality, and communication skills.
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 to cough when trying to respond. Have a glass of water ready.
Listen and Enunciate - Ask for clarification if needed. Respond slowly, carefully, and clearly. 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.