Many hiring managers are making use of the pre-interview phone screen. It can help them narrow down a large field of qualified candidates before setting up face to face meetings with a select few. Passing the phone interview stage is important to get to the next step in the interviewing process. Here are a few things you need to know before setting up a phone call with a prospective employer.
- Prepare before the call. It is important that you treat the telephone interview just like you would any other. Make sure you have a quiet location to take the call free from any distractions in your household or out in public. You want to be able to focus 100% of your attention on the conversation. It really doesn’t matter what you wear but experts recommend getting ready as though it were a face to face interview. This will help put you in a professional mindset before the call. Review the job description and research the company so you can make comparisons with your experience.
- Be thorough with your answers. The only major difference between a phone interview and a face to face meeting is the lack of body language cues. It is your job to make up for this. You won’t have props such as a portfolio or resume to visually refer to so you need to be thorough and clear in your communications. Speak confidently and be positive when you’re answering questions. The interviewer is looking for the right answers along with the right tone of voice and attitude.
- Sell yourself and your skills. Know that each question being asked has a purpose: to determine whether or not you are worth scheduling an interview. It is your job to sell your skills and make them want to learn more. Answer their questions with concrete examples and data. Share your accomplishments and show how you would be of service to their organization if they were to hire you. What can you bring to the table that your competition cannot?
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