Employers will often conduct interviews over the phone in the first round of the interview process, or if they are located at a distance from you and cannot arrange an in-person visit. The length of phone interviews can vary, so it is recommended that you ask the employer how long you should expect the conversation to last before scheduling your interview.
Phone interviews are similar to an in-person interview in that the types of questions asked and strategies to answering those questions are often the same. The fact that you will be speaking on the phone with the employer should not change your professional tone, enthusiasm for the position, or ideas about what to say in your answers.
Tips & Tricks for Phone Interviews:
- When possible, use a landline phone. If this is not an option, find a place where you know you have excellent reception for a cell phone or internet call
- Make sure the area where you will be for the interview is background noise free. Background noises will distract you and the interviewer.
- You can have some notes and thoughts in front of you for the call, but be mindful that if you shuffle them too much, the employer will be able to hear it.
- Smile. Although the employer will not be able to see you, interviews can tell when there is a smile in your tone. Be positive!
- Sometimes it can help if you dress professionally for the phone interview even though you will not be seen. It may help put you in the mindset of a professional conversation