How to Nail a Phone Interview

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Last Updated: 12 Jan 2022

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Phone interviews are extremely common for those who are interviewing in all types of industries. For job seekers who are inexperienced with interviewing, however, a phone interview can be a big challenge. Not being able to see the person you are interviewing with can create an intimidating situation for those being interviewed. However, there are a few tips for phone interviews that will help you get through them easily to give yourself the best chance of being hired.

Be Prepared
This is a tip that applies to all types of interviews, but it can be especially applicable for phone interviews since the main type of communication that you will be able to engage in is verbal. As a result, you will need to be sure that your answers to the interview questions are well thought-out and make sense.

Learning about the company that you are interviewing for will help tremendously in this regard. By understanding as much as you can about the mission and culture of the organisation, you will be able to show your interviewer how your specific skills and experience make you a perfect fit for the job that you are interviewing for. Showing that you have knowledge of the company before you get hired is also a great way to impress the interviewer and separate yourself from other candidates.

Practice Your Speaking
In phone interviews, there are only two ways that your interviewer can judge you: the things that you say, and the way that you say them. This is why it is important that you have your speaking voice polished so that you are confident in it.

One good way to do this is to use a recording program on your computer or smartphone. You can recite some answers to common interview questions or situations into the recorder, and then play the recordings back so that you can tell how they sound. By doing this repeatedly, you can improve your speaking voice to the point where you are much more confident in the way that you sound.

Another good way to practice your speaking is to work with someone who has experience with interviews or interviewing people. You can run mock interviews where you talk to them as if they were the person interviewing you, which will help you learn about the dynamic of an interview as well as any areas where you need to improve your interview skills.

How to Nail a Phone Interview

Prepare your Environment
It might seem like common sense to some, but you would be surprised how many people forget to stay conscious of where they are interviewing and how it will impact the way their interview goes. To ensure that you are successful with phone interviews, make sure there will be no loud or distracting noises in the place where you are taking your phone interview. If you live with roommates or family members, let them know that you have an important phone call that you need to take so that they don’t disturb you. If possible, you will want to take phone interviews using a landline, just in case something happens with your mobile phone and you lose service in the middle of the interview. If this is not an option, at least make sure that you take your interview in a place where you get good service on your mobile phone.

Prepare Yourself
Remember that the way you feel and even the way you look will have an impact on the way that you give your answers on phone interviews. Some people take phone interviews wearing a full suit and tie, which makes them feel more professional and better able to handle interview questions. While this might not be something that you decide to do, you should at least make sure that you are mentally in a good place to take your phone interview. You might consider having some notes with you while you interview so that you can draw inspiration from them to help you answer questions.

Some people love phone interviews, while others dread even the idea of them. Whatever your opinion is about interviewing over the phone, you will probably have to do it at some point in your career. By preparing yourself adequately for this type of interview, you will be adding a valuable skill to your professional arsenal and making yourself more appealing to interviewers. The more you practice your phone skills, the easier it will be to use them to your benefit to nail a phone interview at a company that you want to work for.

If you need some help with your job search, the Kangan Employment Centre offers a medley of services to get you on your way.