phone screeningYour resume caught a recruiter’s eye, and the hiring manager just called, asking to set up a phone interview. A great way to start the week! You might be thinking that since it’s not a standard face-to-face interview, you don’t need to take it too seriously. This is a common misconception about phone interviews, as many organizations use them as their first step in the interviewing process. So yes, they are extremely important. Follow these tips to help you ace your phone interview:

Always Prepare

Prepare for your phone screen just like you would for an in-person interview. Research the company, learn all you can about the position and have your answers to standard questions ready. 

Print It All Out

Print the job description, your notes and your resume, so you can have them in front of you during the interview for reference. This will help keep your thoughts organized, as you can check talking points off as you move along.

Call from a Quiet Place

If you can, have your phone interview at home. Of course, it’s not always possible, so if you’re elsewhere, do you best to make sure it’s a quiet setting. You wouldn’t want the background noise to distract you or your interviewer!

Think About How You Talk

Phone interviews eliminate that nonverbal communication that comes with in-person interviews. You need to make up for it by speaking clearly and slowly while making sure you sound enthusiastic. Smiling while you speak automatically brings energy to your words.

Say Thank You!

Again, just like a face-to-face interview, you must send a ‘thank you’ after your phone screen. The interviewer still took time out of his/her day to speak to you, so an email or handwritten ‘thank you’ is definitely necessary.

Phone interviews are gateways to jobs, so make sure you follow our tips and give it your all!

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