If you are selected to participate in a phone interview, it is important that you properly prepare for it, just like you would for an interview.
Phone interviews are becoming increasingly popular because they are easy to use and very affordable.
They are often used as a way to screen for the next application process. A smart candidate will take full advantage of the phone interview and realize its importance in moving on to the next interview step. To be most comfortable with this process make sure you are prepared. You might even consider doing some mock phone interview runs with a friend.
How to make an effective preparation for the phone interview
Here are our initial guidelines,
1. Visit the website of the employer – Read their “about us” page. But if you are really ambitious about learning as much as possible about the company, you’ll scour the internet, do some searches, read, and learn. Start by finding out what this company is all about, what they do, and how they are different from the competitions.
Remember, the more you know about this company the better you’ll do in your phone interview, and the greater your chances of landing the job. Don’t be afraid to call the company and get the answer to any questions you might have. An educated interview candidate will do much better.
2. Job Description – Next, search for the job description and go through it one line at a time. Think about how your skills and experience applies to each line. If you aren’t the perfect fit, that’s okay, don’t get too worried. The key here is think about how you are going to answer any questions relating to the job resume.
3. Phone Interview Questions – Think about the questions the interviewer is likely to ask you. Write down how you would answer these questions. You should also be ready to answer questions about why you are considering leaving your current position. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your main experiences.
4. Your expectations – Think about the way you will ask questions pertaining to salary history, so you are prepared for the question when it comes up. You should never bring up salary or benefits but be prepared, should the potential employer bring up this subject.
5. Ask Good Questions – You should come up with a few questions of your own. That way when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, you are prepared. Good questions include clarification questions about your role; open ended questions relating to office culture; and further steps in their timeline for making a decision.
6. Thank the Interviewer – Make sure that you say thank you to the interviewer at the end of your interview. You should ask for the interviewers email address. That way you can send your thank you in that manner. Follow up is essential. It keeps you and your resume in the forefront.
7. Follow up – Follow through with a follow up connection a week to two weeks later. Again thanking the interviewee for their opportunity and offering to answer any questions they might have or to review information.
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