Phone interviews are different than in person interviews. Because you cannot impress employers with your body language or your dress, you need to make sure that you have prepared thoroughly for your phone interview in order to answer all of the interview questions they throw at you. Without preparation, your phone interview will be awkward and uncomfortable – even more so than it would be in person.
Phone Interview Preparation Tips:
Preparing for your phone interview is not unlike preparing for a standard job interview. The important thing to remember is that during phone interviews, the employer is looking for reasons not to hire you while during regular job interviews the employer is looking for reasons to give you the job. This makes it especially important that you thoroughly prepare for the position.
Research the Company and Position
First and foremost, make sure you know about the company. Phone interviews tend to be very fact based, and it is unlikely you will break into any personal conversations. That means that it is important that you respond every question, and questions about the company are some of the most important ones to answer.
Prepare a List of Experiences and Knowledge
The more you are prepared to answer any knowledge or experience questions during the job interview, the more prepared you will be to answer any question they throw at you. This list can be used as a reference during your interview if necessary, since the interviewer will not see that you have a list on hand, though it is best if you do your best to memorize each answer.
Just as you would with regular job interviews, holding mock phone interviews is one of the best ways to practice. Remember, you do not want to depend on your list. You want to be able to speak those answers from memory.
Prepare Your Home
Don’t forget to prepare your house or apartment before you do your interviews as well, including clearing out an area for you to stand, ensuring that your phone battery is charged and ready and making sure that you have everything you need right next to you the moment the phone call is received.
Preparing for Your Phone Job Interview
Phone interviews are one of the few types of job interviews where the interviewer is trying to find reasons not to hire you. Don’t give them any reasons by preparing better than you would even for your in person interview.
Take Away Interview Tips:
- Thoroughly prepare for your phone interview.
- Research the company, prepare your home, and practice answering job interview questions.
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