Phone Interview Tips
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!
- 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