Making Good Conversation, Job Interview, Follow Up, Thank You Note, Professionalism, Email Ettiquette, Phone Interviews
JOB HUNT / 14 December 2016
4 Tips for Rocking Phone Interviews
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Jerry Perez-Roach

Mastered the in-person interview? Perfect, but there’s a huge change coming your way. More and more companies are starting to use phone interviews over in-person interviews. This is going to alter the interview game a LOT, and you better be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you out!

Tip 1: Control the Environment

While some aspects of your interview are not up to you, take control of what you can! Control your environment, and ensure that it is quiet and free of little noises, it allows you be the focus of the interview rather than the other little noises. Make sure that your phone’s notifications are turned off to prevent an awkward ding in the middle of your conversations.    

Tip 2: Treat it Like the Real Deal

The interviewer may not be able to see you, but I recommend dressing up, stand, and smile like you would for any other interview face to face. Make it the REAL deal! Yes, they can’t see you, but it helps you perform as if you were there. Why? Acting like you would in a standard interview will get you in the right mindset for success.

Tip 3: Don’t Dominate the Conversation

Sometimes you can easily be carried away in a conversation, I can definitely admit to this, especially on a topic that I am very passionate about. But while it is good to be excited it is important to be aware and make sure not to dominate the conversation. Allow the interview to have time for input or add their bit to the conversation.

It can also be easy to ask a question or make a comment as soon as it comes in your head, but you can interrupting your interview or cutting them off. Try keeping a piece of paper in front of you to take notes, write comments or questions you have. Then you can read them off at appropriate breaks in the conversation. I would not recommend using your computer to take notes, because of the clicking of the keys which may be interpreted by the interviewer as you not paying attention. This will leave a better impression, showcasing patience and effective listening.

Tip 4: End it with Appreciation

Just like other interviews, send a kindly written thank you to your interviewer. They still took the time to talk to you and would greatly appreciate it. It also leaves a great impression and helps them remember you even more. 

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