Meeting viable candidates during the hiring process is time-consuming, an investment that many employers do not want to take in the early states. For this reason, many employers now favor phone interviews in the preliminary stages to screen the promising from the forgettable. This way they can quickly run through a series of questions to fact check your cover letter and resume while also asking a few challenging questions to determine how you handle yourself under pressure. A phone interview may be your only opportunity to impress the hiring manager. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to impress in a phone interview and get one step closer to bagging the job of your dreams.
It is harder to make a good first impression over the phone as the interviewer cannot see your face. Without body language and facial expressions, it is down to your voice to do all the talking. You have to sounds enthusiastic and full of passion and confidence. A simple yet effective trick is to smile as you talk. It may feel ridiculous but it changes the tone and pitch of your voice.
Watch Your Words
Be mindful when you are talking, keep a good pace and avoid too many “umms” and “errs”. Talk with conviction and avoid sounding negative or unsure of yourself with words like “I can’t,” “I don’t,” or “I haven’t.”
Use A Good Phone Line
If possible arrange the call on a landline to avoid bad connection, dropped calls or static on the line. It is also important to find a place without background noise and distractions. If you’re at home as your family to make themselves scarce for the interview and shut yourself away in a quiet room.
Treat It As Face-to-Face Interview
The beauty of a phone interview is that you can have as many notes as you like in front of you. Make sure you do as much research as possible about the company and the position and make note of a few key important points to ask during the interview. This will demonstrate your desire to work with the company and show you are prepared.
Find Out The Next Steps
Make sure you find out the next steps before the interview ends. How and when will you hear from them next? Be sure to follow up after the call with a polite email thanking them for their time and that you look forward to hearing from them.
The key to success in a phone interview is to treat it with as much respect as a face-to-face interview. Make a great first impression and you will more likely advance further in the interview process.