A telephone interview is an increasingly common part of the job application process as it represents a time-efficient method of narrowing down the number of candidates.
While for some, the prospect of a telephone interview might not appear to be as intense as a face-to-face meeting, it’s arguably more of a challenge to really sell yourself when you’re deprived of the chance to look an interviewer in the eye.
There are some simple tips to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and as ever, preparation is key.
Firstly, make sure that you base yourself in a tranquil environment, free from disturbance. Ideally you should use a landline but if this is not possible you must ensure that you are located in an area with consistent signal strength.
Everything from your posture, to the seat you sit in can affect how you come across on the phone, some people even prefer to stand. Don’t be afraid to practice with a friend or relative before the actual call to make sure that you’re sounding your best.
Have your CV or a crib-sheet in front of you. It might come in handy as an aide–mémoire if you are asked competency-based questions and you have examples to hand.
Speak clearly and slowly, the interviewer won’t be able to read your body-language during a telephone interview so the clarity of the answers you give and the tone of your voice will be the only indication your potential employer has of how suited you are to the role.
Think before you start talking, this may seem obvious but in a high pressure situation it is all too easy to begin answering before you’ve really considered your response.
Prepare a few questions to ask at the end of the interview. You may be too fraught to think of something on the spot and it will show that you are enthusiastic about the job and have done your research.