Some organizations will use telephone interviews as a first stage of the screening process. This may be directly with the hiring manager in the organization or in some cases with a Recruiter from the internal Talent Acquisition function. You should still prepare as much for a telephone interview as you would for a formal face-face interview as your performance during the telephone interview may determine your success getting to the next stage of the process.
Use the following tips to ensure a more successful outcome:
- Select a date and time that you know you will be available to dedicate at least an hour for a telephone interview.
- In the meantime, use that time to do as much research as you can about the company, role, and the interviewer.
- Arrange a location where you can take the call with no distractions or interruptions. If you are taking the call on your mobile phone, make sure you have a good signal and fully charged battery!
- Print off a copy of the job description and your CV and have them in front of you during the call.
- Speak clearly and pause to allow further questions or clarifications from the interviewer.
- Project positivity in the tone of your voice. Be positive about your experience to date, focusing on the skills you have developed.
- Listen carefully to questions being asked, and do not interrupt the interviewer whilst they are speaking.
- Be prepared with questions of your own that you can ask at the end of the interview.
- Clarify next steps and confirm your available dates for a face-face interview.