Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great week so far. Since March of last year the world has shifted quite a bit and we are now learning to function a lot differently. And one of the biggest changes and adjustments that has been made is how businesses are run and they conduct their business. It’s made finding a job and getting hired a little more complicated. Luckily though we live in an age where we can do phone interviews and have virtual meetings, so it’s not a complete loss. Having done many phone interviews at this point I thought I would share some tips that helped me land a job.
Take it as seriously as an in person interview.
When it comes to having an interview over the phone it’s easy to downplay it a little bit and not view it as seriously as you would if you were going in for an interview. But it is important to remember that it’s still an interview and it may even be a bit tougher because they can’t see you and your expressions and you can’t see theirs. So remember that it is still an interview and you still need to have the proper etiquette when speaking and listening.
Cut out all distractions.
Since you aren’t going in to the actual place of business for your interview, you will probably be doing the interview at home. But it is still important that even if you are at home that you are doing the interview in a quiet, secluded space away from other people and noises. Turn your phone on silent so it’s not dinging in your ear. Make sure you have all other devices turned off and out of sight that way you can focus solely on the interview.
Do some research before the interview.
They are going to ask you questions about why you would be a good fit for the company, what you have to offer, and why you want the position. So you are going to need to know what the position is and a little bit about the company in order to answer those questions effectively. So take some time to do a little bit of research before you start the internet. Know the basic values of the company and who you will be working for. This will also help you come up with questions you want to ask at the end.
Prepare a cheat sheet.
Think of some questions that are common interview questions and jot down some answers. You don’t have to make a script but this may help you feel a little bit more prepared and help you feel less nervous. After all, one of the benefits of a phone interview is they can’t see if you have notes. Just write down a few key things you want to make sure you mention and don’t want to forget. It will help you appear a lot more professional.
Take your time.
Like I said before, it’s important to treat this like a real interview. So don’t try to rush through it. Just slow down and take your time. Make sure you listen carefully to all of the questions you are being asked and answer them as thoughtfully as you can. Also make sure you listen for any key details about the position itself and ask any questions you have. This will help you feel more prepared if you get the job.
Send a thank you email.
Once the interview is over, make sure you think your interviewer for their time. Even if you don’t get the job or aren’t sure if you got the job, still reach out and thank them. Sending your appreciation for their time and acknowledging them shows professionalism and thoughtfulness. It will also remind them of your name and help you stand out against other applicants. Trust me, this helps more than you know.
Those are my biggest tips for handling a phone interview that can help you get hired. Phone interviews can be a bit intimidating at times, but there are ways that you can use it to your advantage and my hope is that these tips help you if you find yourself in a phone interview. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments if you have any phone interview tips as well. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!