A lot of employers use telephone interviews to narrow down the playing field and find out a bit more about you. If they like you, you’ll be invited for a face to face interview – so you’ll need to impress them! Below we have listed a few tips to help you succeed.
1. Research and Prepare
You should prepare for your telephone interview the same way you would a face to face interview – research the Company and study the job description. Knowing exactly who the Company are and what they are looking for will help you sell yourself to the interviewer. It will also boost your confidence as you’ll be ready for pretty much anything they throw at you.
2. Practice Beforehand
Practice makes perfect, so grab a friend or family member and get them to role play with you – you may feel silly at first but any experience you can get beforehand is a blessing.
3. Stay Calm
Before you take the call pause for a second and take a deep breath, the calmer you are the more natural you’ll sound. A lot of people (myself included) talk way too fast when we get nervous, so slow everything down and give yourself the chance to breathe.
4. Be Professional
It’s important to remember that the person on the other end of the line is not your friend – they are a potential employer and will be judging you based on everything you say! So drop all the slang and talk like the professional business person you are claiming to be!
5. Keep your CV in front of you
Let’s be honest, none of us are 100% familiar with everything we’ve said on our CV, so it’s easy to forget some of the exaggerated claims we’ve made. So don’t get caught out – the interviewer will have your CV in front of them – so you should too!
6. Don’t take the call in a noisy environment
If you know you have a telephone interview coming up make sure you find a quiet area away from other people to take the call. Background noise is a big no no! So keep your TV off and your kids in the other room – the interviewer should only be able to hear your voice.
Do not under estimate these types of interviews – it is much more difficult to impress with your voice alone!