Tips and Tricks for a Phone Interview

Phone Interview

Organizations often use telephone interview rounds as to how to pre-qualify you after looking at your resume. This type of interview also gives you a chance to make a decision if the work is worth pursuing.


Here are some tips and tricks to make sure your next phone interview is successful.


Confine Yourself

Telephone interviews put you at a limitation because you’ve got just one tool of communication: your voice. The interviewer’s impression of you is listening to you on the phone. When the interviewer contacts you, please make sure you have at least 20-30 minutes to talk on the phone. If it isn’t convenient, recommend rescheduling the phone call. Also, confine yourself from distractions and background noises. Don’t have your interview in a busy intersection or a noisy surrounding. If the call is on your mobile phone make sure that the interviewer can hear you loud & clear. Also, be sure that the battery on your mobile phone is charged enough to complete the call.


Scheduling the Phone Interview

When the employer’s representative makes their initial call and if you are unable to give the interview, ask to schedule a specific time for the phone interview. Be sure to define who is going to call, but offer to be the caller. It guarantees that you are fully prepared and able to speak without interruption in a situation. Schedule an interview on the phone just like any face-to-face interview.


Stand Up & Walk

Stand up, stroll around and smile during the call. All these activities put a major effect on the projection, nature & quality of your voice.


Be Ready With Your Responses

Telephone interviews follow a similar pattern of questioning to screen you out of consideration or put you on the shortlist of strong candidates. Here is a rundown of questions asked by most telephone interviewers. Write down your responses and practice saying them aloud.

  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • Your knowledge about the organization.
  • Knowledge about the position you applied for.
  • Your current salary.
  • Compensation requirements.
  • Your expectations of the company.
  • Your Strengths.
  • Your Weaknesses.
  • Any further questions.


Ask Questions

  • What is your position in the company?
  • How much time would you need to speak on the phone?
  • Is there any other information you’d like to know about my background?

More Questions:

  • Describe the top challenges that I’ll face in this job.
  • What are the qualities of people who are most successful in the company?
  • What are the key deliverables this position must achieve?

Questions before closing:

  • Would you like to know any additional information about me?
  • Is there any concern about my background or qualifications you have at this point?
  • When would be the best time to follow up with you?


Get Face to Face

In the end, ask the interviewer about subsequent steps and the timing of the employer’s hiring process. If you remain interested after the phone interview, request a face to face interview. Remember that your objective during the phone interview is to secure an in-person meeting, where you’ll be best in discussing your background and assessing the organization.


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