In today’s job market, more companies are investing time in to a preliminary gauge on whether a prospect should be invited to a face-to face interview. Phone interviews are in fact a REAL interview, so here are three tips to help you be prepared.
1.Treat the phone interview the same way you would an in-person job interview.
Focus and be prepared with knowledge of both the company and the job. One benefit of having a phone interview is that you can have company materials in front of you for handy reference. A suggestion is to have the company’s website on a computer in front of you along with the job description you are applying for. Have your materials ready to go a few minutes before your scheduled time so that you are not typing or distracted during your phone interview.
2. Be prepared to take the call in a place that is quiet environment and has good reception if you are using your mobile device.
You want to make sure that the interviewer knows you are taking the interview seriously and background distractions are a sure turnoff. Plan to be in a space where you are able to control the ambiance and the noise around you. Having a phone interview in public places such as coffee shops and restaurants are absolutely not recommended.If you do not have a quiet space available in your home, check with your local library to see if they have a meeting space you can reserve for free.
3. Eliminate any distractions while on the phone.
For example, turn off your computers’speakers, find a babysitter for your children, put your dog outside, etc. You only focus should be on what the interviewer is saying. Do not split your attention!
Once you have closed the phone interview, send an email to the interviewer thanking them for their time, and remember to follow up with them to ensure a second interview.