Phone interviews are tough. The interviewer does not want to hire you. The interviewer has to interview dozens of people during the day and has a limited amount of time. They are interviewing far more people than they are going to interview in person, and they need reasons to cut that list down as much as possible before they give you the opportunity to come in to the interview.
In the last post we looked at how you can prepare for the phone interview. However, if you expect to succeed during your phone interview, you will also need to be ready for the interview itself.
How to Interview on the Phone
- Keep Answers Brief
First and foremost, remember that phone interviews have a limited window of time. In most cases the interviewer has several people they need to call during the day. They are not looking for verbose answers that will win you the position. They are looking for answers that are direct and to the point to put you into the running in the first place.
- Stand Straight
When you speak on the phone, make sure you are standing with your back straight. Our voices can give away our posture. If you are sitting and slouching, your voice will not have the presence that it would if you were standing.
- Keep Noise and Distractions Away
It is vital that your interviewer can only here you on the phone, and that you have nothing on that can lead to distractions. Turn the TV off, turn down the radio, put the dog outside and make sure that the only sound you hear is the interviewer, and the only voice they hear is you.
- Smile Throughout
Like standing, smiling also comes through during your job interview. You can hear someone smiling even if you do not realize it. If you keep a frown all throughout your interview, your voice will sound unenthusiastic and unhappy. Remember, they can’t see you, but they can get an impression of what you are like by the way you sound.
Keep Your Spirits High
Phone interviews can be exceedingly difficult with the rate that applicants are dropped before the first in person interview. If you thoroughly prepare for the job interview and do your best, chances are you will be successful. If not, note that phone interviews are still about narrowing down the candidate pool, and sometimes even if you do everything right, a grumpy interviewer can harm your chances.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Smile and Stand Straight.
- Remove Distractions.
- Supply Only Brief Answers.