Job interviews over the phone constitute a selection process that most companies use to screen candidates, to prevent candidates from having to travel to their company and to promote their company.
Wondering how to lead a successful job interview over the phone?
In this article, find all the tips you need to prepare yourself.
1. Write down everything
Write down all the information and schedule given to you and create alarms to remind you of the interview.
2. Look up the company website
Look up the company website and write down the company’s values, sector, number of workers, locations, annual income amount and most important projects. Knowing the company brings you points.
3. Prepare questions
Prepare some general interviewing questions (“tell me about yourself”, “what are your strengths?”, “what are your flaws?”,… ) and then write them down on paper.
A few minutes before the interview
4. Avoid noise
Make sure you are at home and not in public transports or in a noisy environment.
5. Wake up early
Wake up twenty minutes before the call literally and figuratively. Nobody likes a slurred speech and a hoarse morning voice.
6. Take care of yourself
Take care of your basic human needs 10 minutes before scheduled interview.
7. Prepare pen and papers to take notes.
If this interview is successful, it will lead to another interview at the company and those notes will be useful.
8. Surf the net
On your computer, open the company’s website page and get ready to discreetly surf for answers.
If you cannot find facts about the company, it’s OK.
The interviewer will provide them himself. It’s part of his job to introduce you to them.
9. Use your notes
Last but not least, place your notes with the prepared answers in front you.
The interviewer does not need to know that you are reading your answers.
During the interview
10. Actively listen
Listen carefully to the interviewer and wait for your time of speech.
Being nervous is understandable, but try to control yourself.
11. Keep your voice energized and upbeat
Smiling is also a great way to show your interest and excitement for the opportunity.
12. Maintain your energy
Even though you don’t know the answer for a question right away, stay calm, confident and positive. Politely request a few seconds to collect yourself.
13. Stay professional
Even though the interviewer is friendly, laugh quietly at his or her jokes but stay professional and composed. You are not talking to your best friend.
14. Stay calm
If you are nervous or need focus, feel free to pace around your house or sit at a desk.
After the interview
14. Send a thank you email
You can add questions about the offer to show your interest and motivation.
15. Send an update email
Wait 48 hours before sending an email to get an update on whether you’ve been selected or not.
Last words of advice!
Phone interviews are generally awkward because you are sharing details of your career life with a perfect stranger. In order to avoid all awkwardness, job interviews should be thoroughly prepared.
The interviewer or head hunter will call you a first time to schedule a job interview and will provide you with his or her company’s information.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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