Ah, the phone interview. It’s quite a blessing, isn’t it? You don’t have to get completely dolled up for an interview and you certainly don’t need to call out sick from your current job to make it happen.
Although there are some perks to the phoner, there are some drawbacks that all job seekers should be prepared to encounter in order to thrive. Here are a few pointers per our friends at BrazenCareerist.
Of course, you should prepare questions to ask like you would a normal interview and do your homework on the job description but there are additional key ways to make that phone interview work for you.
1. It’s all in the words. By virtue of not having an office interview there’s also absolutely no body language to decipher. And no opportunity for you to exude your interest and professionalism through facial expressions, gestures, eye contact and handshakes. Therefore, the words you use are even more important.
In addition to choosing your words wisely, you’ll need to ensure energy and enthusiasm are conveyed on the phone to the recruiter. The piece points out, “Remember, recruiters talk to many bland, listless candidates all day, so listening to a genuinely cheerful person stands out.”
2. Answer the correct phone. This sounds basic but be sure you to use the right phone corresponding to the phone number you provided to the recruiter. Ensure the phone is juiced and be ready and waiting for it to ring.
3. Don’t multitask. This is incredibly important! Recruiters can tell when you’re not paying attention and they can also hear fingertips pounding away at a keyboard if you’re in front of your keyboard.
Please resist the temptation to do anything but focus on the interview itself. Even though we all multitask throughout the day, the phone interview should be one time that is exclusively devoted to just that — acing the phone interview.
4. Park the car. Yeah, please sit still during an interview and while you’re at it, try smiling as you speak. You’ll be surprised how that happy energy can convey itself to the person on the receiving end of the call.
The piece points out, “Many candidates think they might as well kill two birds with one stone and talk while they’re on their way to their next destination.”Again, focus on the interview. Don’t pace as you talk and certainly don’t drive as you talk.
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