Quite often a prospective employer may ring you before he ascertains whether to meet you face to face or not. There is nothing unusual about this and many employers use it as a way of getting to know more about you and testing the waters before deciding whether to meet you face to face or not.
It is just as important to prepare thoroughly for a phone interview as it is for a face to face meeting.
Go through the following procedures before a phone call interview:
- If you are not familiar with being interviewed over the phone then ask a friend or better still a friend of a friend whom you have never met to conduct a mock interview with you. Ask them to make up some real interview questions and then you can get feedback from them afterwards on what you need to brush up on.
- Try to find out the name of the person who will be conducting the real phone interview and their job title and try also to find out anything else you can about the company. Then during the interview ask questions and always have your notes on the table in front of you in case you suddenly go blank.
- Also have your CV and covering letter laid out in front of you as there is nothing worse than leaving the other person waiting at the end of their phone while you are noisily shuffling through reams of paper.
- Make sure you have a blank page near you with a working pen to take down any relevant information you hear in relation to the company, the job description or details of a further interview date. Also make a list of any dates that you might not be available to attend for a second interview.
During the phone call interview:
- Make sure you talk clearly and not too quickly but do inject enthusiasm into your voice to let the interviewer know you are genuinely interested in the job and the company.
- The interviewer will be able to detect whether you are really listening to him or not so make sure there are no background distractions and go somewhere quite and appropriate for the call. Let family and friends know you will be unavailable during the call.
- If it is during your normal working day go somewhere quite where there is little chance of you being over heard such as the store room out the back or take an early lunch if possible or arrange something appropriate for that time.
- If you are at home try to remember that your voice is affected by your posture so try to sit up straight and do try to smile as this can also be detected in your voice.
- Dress professionally as this will put you in the right frame of mind for the call.