How to Master the Phone Interview

Many companies have now made the phone interview standard operating procedure when vetting potential candidates to fill open positions. If you want to make a good impression and get the all important invite to interview face-to-face, it’s in your best interest to prepare for and ace the phone interview. Here are some tips to do just that:

1. Give a good phone number and answer the call.

First, and most important, make sure you give a good, working number that you can be reached at to the employer or hiring manager. And then be prepared to answer the phone when they call! If you will be taking the call on a cell phone, check to see if you have good reception. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of an interview and dropping the call. Also, be sure you are in a quiet place where there is no background noise at all this includes your family, pets, a loud crowded area, sirens, etc. You should treat this phone interview as if you were going to an in-person interview.

2. Be prepared.

You should not take a phone interview any less serious than an in-person interview. The same interview skills you use for an in-person interview can apply to the phone interview. Review the job description prior to the phone call to make sure you have a full understanding of the position. Make a list of your skill sets and accomplishments that apply directly to the position you are interviewing for. Sell yourself and your skills. You should also do some research about the company: check out their website and read recent news articles so that you have some baseline knowledge if they ask what you already know about their company.

3. Project a positive and confident attitude.

You can do this by answering the questions with clear pronunciation and keeping your answers concise. If you tend to be a quiet or a more timid speaker, step up your voice volume for this call. The same is true for the reverse. If you tend to be a loud or boisterous talker, you will want to tone it down a bit. You do not want it to appear that you are yelling at the interviewer. And smile :) It may sound silly, but smiling while you are talking changes the tone of your voice in a good way.