Candidate Resources

Phone Interview Tips

Phone Interview

Stand up and speak clearly

  • Don’t adopt a “phone posture”- slumped over and murmuring.
  • Standing up can help open your breathing and tone. You’ll sound more alert.
  • Annunciate your words
  • Keep water handy in case your mouth gets dry
  • Smile and show enthusiasm during the conversation
    • Express genuine excitement
  • Keep it conversational
    • Interviewers want to hire someone that they enjoy working with. They want someone personable and can hold conversation.
  • Do not chew gum or eat during the interview
  • Do not interrupt the interviewer
  • You can have a script in front of you, but put it in bullet point format
  • This will help make sure you are covering why you are a benefit to the company
  • Outline answers to common questions
  • Make sure to have info listed that you want to make sure you mention
  • Keep resume in hands reach


  • Take notes! It’ll help for review after the interview

Find a quiet place to interview

  • You don’t want a noisy background when interviewing
  • You don’t want to be distracted by your surroundings, either
  • If you are at home, make sure that anyone that might be there has advance notice of the interview.
    • You don’t want them barging in during your testimony of how great you’d be for the company!
  • If you are in the car, please make sure you pull over. Speaking over Bluetooth, pull over. You don’t want to be distracted!

Technological issues

  • Make sure your phone is charged
  • Make sure your notifications are turned off
  • Make sure Call Waiting is turned off.

Do your research

  • Research the company
    • Check out their products, clients, and social media accounts.

Questions and next steps

  • Ask if they have any questions for YOU to answer! It’s a nice way to bring up any last-minute concerns or questions they might have forgotten to ask
  • When the interview is wrapping up, ask what the expected next steps are and when you can expect to hear about a follow-up.
  • This will let the interviewer know that you are truly invested and excited about the opportunity.

Follow-up after interview

  • Make sure to say thank you to your interviewer and ask for their email address, if you don’t have it already.
  • SEND AN EMAIL OUT IMMEDIATELY reiterating your interest for the job and thanking them for their time