In today’s job market, the telephone interview has become increasingly popular thanks to it’s overall cost effectiveness.
It’s an excellent tool for employers to short list while investing minimum resources.
Why Employers conduct a phone interview
The phone interview allows an employer to quickly pre-screen candidates and is an excellent way to eliminate candidates that are not likely to fit the position in question.
Therefore, telephone interviews are often conducted as a structured interview and custom tailored to meet the job requirements.
How you should prepare for a telephone interview
If you have a scheduled telephone interview, you need to be prepared.
Getting ready to this type of interview requires you to treat it in the same manner as you would an in person interview.
Speak clearly, answer all the questions, don’t become distracted and make sure you are in a room that is quiet. If it is a video call, then make sure there are no distractions in the video. Consider the phone interview as the firs step in the interview process.
1. Preparing for a Phone Interview? First Tips
With the telephone interview you aren’t in direct contact with the employer, however, the expectations are the same as if you were. Telephone interviews are scheduled just as other interviews are. You will be given a date and a time and you need to be well prepared.
2. Research beforehand
Prior to the telephone interview, you should research the company so that you are knowledgeable on all important aspects of the company and thus prepared during the interview.
3. Things you need with you
- Have your job ad, cover letter, and resume in front of you during the interview so that you can quickly refer to them.
- Have a calculator, pen and paper handy so that you can take notes.
- Have your list of questions prepared in advance, so you are ready when asked.
4. During the interview
There are some tips that you should keep in mind during your phone interview.
- Smile, it comes through in the voice, and your interviewer will actually know that you are smiling.
- You must make sure to speak clearly and concisely into the phone. You should not be eating, smoking, or chewing gum. Avoid common mistakes such as “ah”, “um”, or “er” at the start of your sentence. These poor speaking habits are more noticeable over the telephone than in person.
5. Techniques You Should Know About
There are a few techniques that will help you ensure you move to the next stage of the interview process.
- When the telephone call comes through, you need to confirm who the caller is, and the company.
- Make sure you pace the conversation. You can do this by using the technique of rephrasing or repeating the questions the interviewer asks. This shows the interviewer that you are listening, and understanding what he or she has said.
- Never answer questions with a yes or no. Answers should be clear, concise, and explicit. You should treat the opportunity in the same manner you would treat a personal interview.
- If the interviewer asks you about compensation, you should be truthful about your expectations. Avoid dead air space and always take advantage of an opportunity to, yet again, stress why you are the right person for the job.
6. More details about this type of interview
The telephone interview is more relaxed than an in person interview. The interviewer will take this opportunity to form an opinion of the type of person you are. They are looking to pick up on little things that you might be able to disguise during the more formal interview process.
This type of interview is likely to continue to grow in popularity as companies rely more and more on technology and less on personal contact. Make the most of this first opportunity to get your foot in the door, and treat it with the same importance you would treat an in-person interview.