How To: Nail the Phone Interview
Before you get the face-to-face interview, you will most likely have an initial phone interview and the business or company will most likely be talking to more people than just you. Here are some tips to help you stand out over the phone so you can land the in-person interview:
Set aside the right amount of time
Even though they might tell you it is a 30 minute phone interview, make time before and after the set time they give you. Something could come up and they call you 10 minutes later or before. The interview could last longer than expected as well. So make sure you can devote time to ensuring the interview is smooth and not rushed.
Find a quiet spot
If you know people will be around in your house or apartment and they will be making noise, go somewhere quiet. The couch might be a comfortable place, but you need to make sure you will be able to clearly hear your interviewer and make sure they can clearly hear you.
If you get asked specific questions about your experiences or skills, have your resume in front of you so you can reflect back to that. If needed, also have a pen and paper available so you can jot down notes or important information for you to use later.
It is easy to get flustered over the phone so try to stay clam, cool and collected. Be as ready as possible so do your homework on the position. Know about the company and it is even encouraged to have knowledge on the person who is interviewing you. Do some research to find out about the person so you can ask questions about them as well.
Follow these suggestions and land that face-to-face interview.