Phone interview tips for job seekers

“Successful phone Interviews… Know what to say and how to say it. Avoid common mistakes and find out what interviewers look for…”

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Top 10 Interview Questions

These will still apply on the phone as well as in person.

However, a phone interview enables you to print out and have in front of you:

  • Your completed application form and CV- the same version your interviewer has
  • The job description and/or person specification
  • Your own notes and reminders of key things you want to get across, do not write out in full sentences, as you do not want to come across as reading a script- but keywords would be a good memory jogger
  • Questions you have prepared to ask the interviewer-

Questions are your primary tool of influence with an interviewer. They help you direct the conversation and assess if the company is right for you.

Tips for Phone Interviews

Eat a cough drop before you take the call to relax your voice.

Have water handy.

Have pen and paper ready to be able to take notes- your diary could also be helpful

Protect your environment: make sure you will not be disturbed- turn off the TV and iPod, settle the children, put the dog out of the room… turn your mobile off- in case it starts ringing while you are on the landline.

Show your interviewer that you respect their time and this potential role

Practice before the phone Interview:

  • Speaking slowly, fluently and enunciating words carefully. Record yourself into a recorder- apps widely available on smartphones
  • Replace aaaa and uuum and so no with pauses
  • Rehearse your answers to the common type of questions
  • Ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock phone interview with you- and ideally record it so you can go back and review it