Phone Interview Helpful Tips
I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. There has been interesting news this week that Nasa’s veteran Curiosity rover has come across organic matter on Mars. It was buried and preserved in ancient sediments, that formed a lake bed more than 3 billion years ago. The discovery is really interesting as it shows that there was something on Mars that organisms needed to live, so it will be great to see what else can be found on Mars in the future.
This week for the blog we will be looking at helpful tips to take on-board during a phone interview. Back in February we posted a blog on helpful tips when attending a face to face interview, these tips can all still be relevant during a phone interview, although there are extra things to consider whilst on the phone.
Be ready. You want to be sat ready and waiting when the interviewer calls. This way you are calm and not out of breath from rushing around trying to find a quiet place to take the phone call.
Sit down in a quiet surrounding with no distractions. If you are in your house, choose a room that is away from any loud noises, such as other family members, TV, radio, or kitchen noises. Also you don’t want to be in a place where you can be easily distracted, so turn off the tv and if you are using a landline, leave your mobile phone in a different room.
Avoid taking calls in public. Try to avoid taking the call when you are out in public as background noise can be an issue. It can be an issue for yourself as you may have trouble hearing the interviewer ask the questions, but also the interviewer will probably hear a lot of background noise which can be distracting.
Be aware of your facial expressions and posture. Although the interviewer cannot see you, your facial expression and body language can make a difference in your performance. Smiling whilst answering questions can put a bit more energy into your answer making yourself sound more enthusiastic. Also posture is important, if you are slouched in an armchair it can come across in your voice, so try to sit upright on a office or dining chair.
Choose a landline over a mobile phone. If you live somewhere that doesn’t get good phone signal, try to take the call on a landline as this reduces the risk of a call cutting out on a mobile if the signal drops.
Have water to hand and don’t chew. Have a glass of water next to you as talking for a while can make your mouth dry and give you a cough, so taking sips of water can help. Avoid eating or chewing gum whilst on the phone as this will affect your presentation of answers and come across unprofessional.
Ask questions, especially ask when will they arrange face to face interviews. As in a normal interview, it is also handy to have questions prepared. An important question that should be asked will be to find out when they will be arranging face to face interviews. This will show that you are keen and still interested in the position.
Have pen and paper with you. A pen and paper can always come in handy to take down notes about the position. Remember an interview is not just for the interviewer to see if you are a good fit for the role, but also for you to see if the role is what you are looking for.
Hopefully these tips will come in handy the next time you are preparing for a phone interview and will help get you to the next stage. If you have any tips that work for you, let us know in the comments below.
If you are looking for tips when attending a face to face interview, take a look at our blog post here.
Have a great weekend.