I had a job interview during my lunch break. Even though I had the time available, sometimes I get very important calls, even during lunch. That is the nature of my job. What am I supposed to do with my cell phone during a job interview?
Your cell phone should be off during the job interview. Not on silent, but off. During the silence of the job interview, your employer can hear the phone vibrating in your pocket. You do not a buzzing sound interrupting a great interview, showing the interviewer that you didn’t care enough about the job to turn off your cell phone.
What if You Have to Get the Call?
During your job interview, everything that may need to call you should be directed elsewhere. In the rare, rare situation where you must get a phone call during a job interview (for example, if your wife is in labor or you work as an emergency room doctor), decorum is pretty simple. Tell the employer ahead of time that you are expecting a phone call, explain what the call is about and why you must pick it up, and be prepared to have an awkward interruption during the interview that could cause you to lose the job.
There is really no excuse to get a phone call during a job interview unless someone’s health depends on it. If the phone call can be avoided, notify the person that may call you that you are going to a job interview and tell them that you may not be able to answer your phone. Keep your phone completely off during the job interview to avoid any distractions.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Keep your phone off during the interview.
- If you must answer a call, notify the interviewer beforehand and give the full explanation.