Some companies conduct phone interviews to help decide who they want to invite to an in-person interview. In these cases, the phone interview is the first step to landing that job so it is important to do well! Here are some simple tips on how to excel in a phone interview.
1. Be available. If a recruiter says that they will call you anytime from 1:00-5:00 make sure you are free during that time. You want to make a good first impression so make sure your schedule is cleared so that you do not miss their call.
2. Limit distractions. It is exceedingly important that you have someplace quiet to talk. If you live with roommates let them know that you are expecting a call so that they do not disturb you when you are interviewing. Of course, it is also vital that your cell phone is charged and that you have reliable signal.
3. Be heard. Make sure that you speak loud enough for the recruiter to hear you. You might want to think about having a water bottle close by so that you can keep your voice nice and loud throughout the entire phone call.
4. Be confident. Because it is a phone interview, they cannot see you. Therefore, it is essential that your passion and excitement for the job gets across to them during the conversation. The best way to do this is to show them that you are prepared. Research the company and think of how you could benefit them if you got the job. Why do you want to work for their company? What could you bring to the table? How are you qualified for the position? Make sure you have prepared answers for these questions and more. It is equally important that you have a couple of questions for them as well.
5. Listen before speaking. It can sometimes be difficult to know when the recruiter is finished asking a question. Try not to cut them off when you answer. It is okay (and often best) to wait a couple of seconds before answering to make sure that they are done speaking. Of course do not wait too long or they may think that you cannot think of an answer.
6. Thank them. When the interview is coming to a close and they have answered all of your questions, make sure to thank them for their time and for considering you for the position. Make sure that before you hang up that you know what the next step of the process is.
This blog post was written by Kristyn Anguiano, a Campus Ambassador at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.