Many job seekers get stressed when they think of an impending phone interview. Here are some tips for job seekers preparing for a phone interview. Hopefully these tips will give you the confidence to ace your phone interview successfully.
Before the interview call, you should confirm arrangements like time, date, and who your interviewer will be. If you have a phone interview at 10 a.m., then you should be awake by 9 a.m. to avoid coming across as sleepy.
Find a private, comfortable, and quiet space for your interview. If you are at home, move out the dog and kids and shut the door. You should have your resume on your desk or taped to the wall in a readable view and also prepare copies of your research about the company and your questions related to the interview. Also, have a pen and note pad for note taking at hand; you should turn off call waiting, and it is best to use a land-line instead of a cell phone as much as possible. You should never turn on your phone speaker because the listener may consider it annoying and unprofessional. Turn off your computer and don’t click on your keyboard during the phone interview because the interviewer may think you are not interested; even if you are checking the information of the company, the interviewer could imagine that you are playing games or updating your status on Facebook.
Get dressed up for the interview even though no one can see you. Your talking voice to an interviewer is not the same as with your friend. If you don’t have any practice talking about business on a call, then it will be hard for you to get into business mode on the phone. Dressing up for the interview is a good way to compensate for this situation even if the interviewer will not see you. Research has shown that people work more seriously when they are in their business dress attire. This doesn’t mean that you must wear a suit all the time; rather to avoid the risk of coming of as unprofessional or too casual on the call, dressing up smartly can really boost your confidence.
You will sound more dynamic and confident when you stand while talking on the phone than if you sit. If you are an animated speaker, feel free to walk around a little bit, but also keep your call voice smooth. If you keep your body confined, you may sound emotionless and dull. That’s why good speakers prefer to walk around rather than stay in one place on the stage. If you naturally use hand gestures when you talk, do so on the phone as well if it will help you sound more animated. Speak in your natural tone on the phone because being real is more appealing. Use a handset if you are walking around as it will give you more freedom to move about.
During the phone interview, the interviewer will be looking out for two major points: one is to ensure whether you are experienced and qualified, and the other concern is that you don’t possess any warning signals or red flags. Your resume is the first way an interviewer will judge you. You will possibly get questioned about the skills you have indicated in your submitted resume; whether your skills are enough to accomplish the tasks for the open position. Be ready to give evidence of your stated skills and achievements, and convince the interviewer that you deserve the awards you have achieved. You should prepare by rehearsing the things you need to say out loud. It also helps to have a friend or colleague listen to your rehearsal, as they can find mistakes you cannot hear for yourself and give feedback from a different perspective.
An interview is the same as you selling yourself; furthermore you have the best salespeople in front of you. Your goal is to convey emotion as if you are giving a physical interview. Therefore, you should not drop the call until you make some effort to getting to that step. Ask about a face-to-face interview process. Ask for the administrations timelines, and try to obtain information regarding the person who will make decisions. Don’t bombard the interviewer with questions in this regard, but if you have more information then you will more equipt to approach the next step. At the end, don’t forget to say thank you to follow-up.