The resume and cover letter were sent out, so what’s next? If you are responding to a job listing online, there’s a good chance that the next step is the preliminary phone interview. The internet has made long distance job searching a lot easier, and phone interviews are often an easy way for recruiters and hiring managers to narrow down the candidate pool before an office visit. US News posted an article chalk full of advice for phone interviews. I want to touch on just a few of the items it mentioned:
- No distractions. This might seem like a no brainer, but a barking dog, impatient UPS man, or crying baby can be the catalyst for the rejection letter.
- Take your time. It depends on the employer or recruiter, but the length of a phone interview can vary. Try not to rush in your speaking or manner. US News suggests leaving at least an hour to make the call.
- Smile. It’s amazing how much of a difference this can make, even over the phone where the interviewer can’t see you. Smiling will make you sound full of energy and more importantly, happy.
- Be convincing. As the article put it, “Make sure that your answers during the call reiterate your experience, interest in the position, and desire to continue the conversation in person.”
- Avoid the money questions. Very rarely are phone interviews the last point of contact with a recruiter before the job offer. Often, there will be rounds of interviews after the phone interview to discuss the details of pay.
Now when the opportunity to interview on the phone comes along, you will be prepared.