There will come a time when you are asked to do a phone interview. Some of you may have already done it, but it is always tricky on how to best prepare. Today’s post will include some tips and tricks on helping you nail that phone interview:
Talking on the phone isn’t as easy as it seems. As with an in-person interview, practice can be helpful. Not only will this help you rehearse answers to common phone interview questions, but it will also help you realize if you have a lot of verbal ticks, fail to enunciate, or speak either too fast or too slow.
For practice, have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview and record it so you can see how you sound over the phone. Once you have a recording, you’ll be able to hear your “ums” and “uhs” and “okays” and then practice reducing them from your conversational speech. Listening to the recording will also help you pinpoint answers that you can improve.
- Keep your resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, or tape it to the wall near the phone, so it’s at your fingertips when you need to answer questions.
- Have a short list of your accomplishments available to review.
- Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.
- Be sure to be standing up. Laying down on your bed can bring feelings of laziness.
- Study ahead of time of what you want to talk about as well as the company
- Take your time. You aren’t going to be given 5min. You have time, so space out your answers, and don’t verbally spit everything out.
- Remember to have some questions for the employer. By having questions, it can help express your interest in the position as well as keep the conversation thus having more time for them to get to know you.
I hope these tips help you in the long run! Remember that if you ever have questions or even want to practice you can do so at the Career Center!