Most career aspirants think phone interviews are a piece of cake. To tell you the truth, it’s just as hard as an actual job interview. In fact, it could be a lot harder considering the lack of physical presence and auditory dependence.
So if you’re ever asked to do a phone interview, here are the best tips you can make use of.
1. Have your resume near you.
The great thing about phone interviews is that you can have a cheat sheet. One of which is your resume, which is a vital part to completing your question and answer phase.
Make sure it’s just easily reachable or readable from where you are talking. Try not to let your interviewer hear the sound of the pages turning over and over.
The same goes for the lists of achievements you have. It’s best to make it a simple list wherein all the important information is highlighted.
2. Don’t put anything in your mouth.
Whether it’s gum, food or even drinking water or coffee, don’t. Your interviewer may find it annoying, like anyone else who would be on the other end of the receiver. If your lips are feeling dry, wet it only with a bit of water.
It may sound goofy but don’t hesitate to smile. The mood and tone can easily be detected by your interviewer. So if anything delightful comes up, don’t be afraid to smile because it will be greatly appreciated.
4. Talk properly.
Speak well and enunciate your words properly. You wouldn’t want your interviewer to think that you’re gurgling your words while you’re talking. Moreover, this is a sign of professionalism. If you are able to talk well over the phone, your future employer will be psyched to meet you in person.
Don’t forget: Never belittle phone interviews. They are as hard as any other job interviews. Keep these tips in mind the next time you get that call.