Phone Interview Tips: 10 Keys to succeed in a telephonic interview
In today’s day and age, with technology on the rise, jobs are no longer restricted to geographical locations. It is fairly easy to relocate for jobs, that companies has no qualms about bearing the cost for the move, if it means that they can get a better candidate. Due to today’s technology, it is also possible to work for a company without ever stepping into the company’s office; that is if they even have one. Remote working, freelancing, and consultancy jobs are on the rise, which allows people a chance to work not only from around the country, but even around the world.
In these situations, chances are that instead of a traditional face to face interview, you just may have to interview over the phone or a video call. Companies still opt for a basic phone call over a video call, or in any case, at least the first round would most likely be on the phone. So, here are 10 key tips that can help you succeed in a telephonic interview:
1. Shorter Interview
One of the significant benefits of a phone interview is that it is quite shorter than a traditional interview. Hence, you should prepare accordingly. You cannot take half an hour to finally get to highlighting your points and why they need to hire you. Plan for a 10 to 15 minute interview, where at the end you should have said everything you need to.
2. Stay prepared
Since it is such a short interview you cannot risk to waste time, in that regard you should stay prepared. Keep all the relevant documents on hand. This of course includes your resume, references, and any other documents that you feel you may need. The benefit here is that you can actually refer to those documents without the interviewer knowing, so take advantage of that fact.
3. Dress professionally
Since it is a phone conversation you might be tempted to answer the phone in your pajamas and from your bed. It is recommended that you do not. Being in your bed and pajamas will make you feel relaxed and comfy, you will not be quick and alert as you should be in an interview and the interviewer will be able to hear that in your voice, making them think that you are either too laid back or you just don’t care. Remember that no matter what, this is still an interview, so while you don’t have to wear a whole suit, getting out of your pajamas will help.
4. Do your research
Remember to prepare for the interview as you would a traditional interview. Do your research into the company and the industry, do everything that you would do for a regular interview. Look up the interviewer, the company’s board and management, etc. See what you can find out about the company’s sales and quarterly projections, are they are making any headlines and for what, etc. The more you know the better; after all you don’t want to seem that you don’t know anything or can’t have been bothered to look it up.
Believe it or not, yes, cheat, you can and you will get away scot free too. Since this is a telephonic interview, the interviewer cannot see you. So, use this opportunity to prepare a cheat sheet beforehand. In it, you can write up points about the company, or things that you want to highlight about you and your experience in the interview. Anticipate the questions the interviewer may ask, and write down points for it accordingly.
Even if the interviewer cannot see you, your emotions tend to make in through your voice. Ever heard the phrase, ‘hear a smile’? Smiling can actually add more energy to your voice and tone, hence making you seem upbeat and genuinely interested even if you may not be. So smile, because it will make a difference.
7. Ask intelligent questions
Every interviewer likes a candidate that takes charge. So, instead of waiting for the interviewer to ask questions and conduct the interview, take charge. Ask intelligent questions about the company, its sales and market projects, position in the industry, upcoming projects, etc. If you actively ask about the company and show that you have done your research then you will stand out from the other candidates as someone who cares and is proactive.
8. Don’t bring up the salary
You should never bring up the salary first. You don’t even know if they are going to offer you the job yet, and preemptively asking about the salary gives the impression that you are materialistic and money minded. Wait for the interviewer to bring up the topic or wait until later interviews when you know that they are going to give you an offer.
9. Ask if they have any other questions
Before ending the interview, ask if they have any other questions that they may want to ask you. This shows that you are considerate and thorough. It also gives you the chance of rounding up the interview on your terms and an opening to ask about or highlight that you may have forgotten to do before.
10. Say Thank You.
Regardless if the interview went well or not, end it on a positive note; say Thank You and actually mean it. Unless it went completely mind-bogglingly horrible, there is no point in burning bridges. Instead, thank the interviewer for taking the time to interview you, and for giving you a chance at trying for position. You can even try sending a thank you note, or an e-mail the next day just so that you are in the forefront of the interviewer’s mind, which can certainly help your chances.