The phone interview these days might be the most important part of your job search prior to your Zoom interview.
Crush your phone interview with these tips.
Create a location that puts you at ease
Dress professionally to get you into the interview mindset.
Be sure to find a quiet spot with good service (if you’re using your cell—which is fully charged!) at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time. If you have a landline, use it.
Limit background noise. It will help you stay focused during the interview and will not be bothersome to the person who is interviewing you.2.
Speak confidently and clearly
You can’t wow an interviewer with your smile over the phone, so you’ve got to convey enthusiasm and professionalism using your voice alone.
Variation in speech is important for points of emphasis,
One thing that can greatly help your confidence is if you stand. “Even though it’s over the phone, your body posture impacts your voice and audio tone.
Listen actively and take notes
Of all the phone interview tips you’ll learn, listening well is one of the most underrated. Not only does active listening help pace the conversation, it will also equip you with information you can use later on in the call.
Again, one benefit of a phone interview is that they can’t see you taking notes. Scribble away, and use that info later to wow them with your perception and acute observational skills.
End the call with clear next steps.
The best way to end the call when asked ‘do you have any questions for us?’ is to inquire about the next steps in the process.
How many other candidates are you interviewing?
When can I expect to hear back from you?