Telephone Interview Tips for Candidates
When applying for a job, whether it is a face to face interview or a telephone interview, it’s critical to make a good first impression! Unfortunately, all too often a poor telephone interview can cut short your application. With that in mind, we thought we would give you some simple tips on how best to prepare and what to do to improve your chances of a successful telephone interview.
Before the call:
- Ensure you are in a location with a good mobile phone signal, or better still arrange the call to be on a land line. If you have one, wear a headset to keep your hands free for your notes.
- Ensure you are in a quiet place where you are unlikely to be disturbed or distracted.
- Research the company website and spend time looking over the job description and advert prior to interview. Match your skills on your CV to the job spec and have examples ready of when you have demonstrated the key traits or tasks associated with the role.
- Have a pen and paper to hand to make notes
- A list of pre-prepared questions will also help to avoid an awkward pause as you frantically try to think of something at the end.
During the call:
- Be confident and speak clearly. Standing up might help! Amongst other benefits such as projecting more confidence, standing up puts less pressure on your diaphragm and should result in clearer speech.
- Be careful not to talk over your interviewer no matter how keen you are to answer their questions.
- End the call positively by thanking them for their time
- If it is an opportunity you think you would like to progress, confirm your interest in the role and ask what the next steps might be.
We hope this helps and you get through to a face to face interview where you can let your personality come through even more.