Phone interviews are being utilized more and more in today’s job market. They are helpful for companies that want to narrow down a large pool of applicants or that want to consider applicants from a different region. Unfortunately during a phone interview applicants don’t have the advantage of professional dress, body language and a firm handshake, so here are five tips to give off a great impression during a phone interview.
Fist off there are a few things you can do before the interview. Research the company just as you would for an in person interview, but this time take down some notes you can keep in front of you during the interview. When scheduling the interview, ask the intern coordinator how much time you should allot for the interview. This will give you an idea of how extensive your conversation will be, a 15 minute interview will be fairly straightforward, but in an hour long interview, expect to talk in depth about your previous work experiences and how they would relate to the job you are applying for.
During the interview make sure you are in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted and that you are using a phone with a clear, reliable connection. It's easy to get distracted while on a phone call, so make sure you're not checking your Facebook or Tweeting mid-interview, the call should have your full attention. Some people even decide to dress up for a phone interview just as they would for an in person interview - to put them in the professional mindset. Finally, really watch you're use of “filler” words such as like, um and well. Interviews are looking for articulate candidates for the job and an applicant’s use of these words is magnified during a phone interview.
Finally, after the interview, follow up just as you would with a normal interview. Send a quick thank you email or even a written thank you. If you don’t hear back, don’t be afraid to call or email to check in, because remember, a phone interview is just as legitimate as one that takes place in person!
This blog post was written by Laura Straub, our Campus Ambassador from Ohio University in Athens.