Valuable Advice For Your Telephone Interview
Sam Wilson, December 5, 2013
Telephone interviews are becoming increasingly common, as employers are often now using them at an early stage of the recruitment process.
For those that haven’t been interviewed over the phone before it may seem like a daunting prospect. Fear of the unknown is very common, however there is no reason to be worried. Below we have detailed everything you would ever need to ensure that you are just as impressive over the phone as you would be in person.
Use the time
A telephone interview will often be shorter than a face-to-face interview, so it is important to make sure you say everything you want to. Spend some time thinking about the position you’ve applied for and what type of candidate they might be looking for. We then recommend that you make some notes on how you fit the profile and then use these during the interview if you want to. It is important that you read through your notes a few times before the interview to make sure you are familiar with them and to not risk sounding like your reading from a script. Finally, make sure you have your notes at the ready, there’s a lot you want your interviewer to hear but rustling papers whilst you search for your notes isn’t amongst them.
Silence is golden
Don’t give your interviewer any reason to think that you’re not taking it seriously. You want to give the best impression possible and having the television or music on during interview is not going to work in your favour. The best thing you can do is to ensure that you find a quiet place at home where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure your interviewer has no reason to believe that they have anything other than your full attention.
The way you dress can have a significant difference on the way that you present yourself, even over the phone. It may feel a little silly but dressing smartly can help put you in the right frame of mind to speak professionally and put across the best possible impression of yourself. It might be a step too far to fully ‘suit up’ but dressing smartly can significantly help.
Sit up straight
It might be strange but the way you sit can also have a significant impact on the way that you sound. If you are slouched on the couch or lying in bed this can come across in your voice and if you sound too relaxed then you run the risk of sounding disinterested It is advisable to sit up in a proper chair and treat it like a face-to-face interview.
Say it again.
Phone lines can be unpredictable and not always completely clear. Your interviewer understands this so don’t ever be afraid to ask them to repeat a question if you didn’t hear it properly. It is so much better to get your interviewer to ask a question again than providing completely irrelevant information because you misheard the question. You can help yourself by making sure that the interview takes place over a landline rather than pinning your hopes on the unreliable world of mobile telephone reception.
Finally, remember to speak slowly. The interviewer will probably be making notes as you speak and if you speak too quickly you will run the risk of the interviewer missing some key points.
These are a few simple tips that can help you get through your first telephone interview successfully. The most important thing to remember is that the more you treat it like a normal face-to-face interview the better. Whatever you can do to make yourself sound focussed and professional will be helpful. Other than that just relax (but not too much) and let your skills and experience do the talking.