If you’re currently looking for a new job, odds are that you’ll be asked to take part in a phone interview of some sort in your future. Employers use phone interviews for a variety of reasons. They could be utilized as a general screening call through the human resources department, a first touch point for the direct hiring manager or even as a committee review, with multiple hiring managers joining a conference line.

Beyond giving employers the ability to narrow down a field of potentially hundreds of applicants, a phone interview can be a job seekers first opportunity to make a good impression.  While your resume and cover letter can introduce the story of your career, the first conversation with a potential employer is key in determining if you’re a right fit for the role – both from a skills and a personality perspective.

Phones (especially smart phones) are an important part of just about all of our everyday activities at this point, so it can be easy to fall into the trap of underpreparing for a phone interview; after all, it’s just something to get out of the way before the in-person one, right?

Unfortunately, job seekers are often caught off-guard on phone interviews, falling victim to common mistakes, forgetting best practices and, ultimately, missing out on potential job opportunities.

Don’t find yourself unprepared! In our second episode of the Medix Impact Podcast, I sit down with Medix recruiting expert, Cordelia, to discuss her favorite tips and tricks for job seekers who want to improve their phone interviewing skills. We also explore some of the most common, silly mistakes to avoid when having a job interview over the phone. Listen to the full episode below!

Do you have any favorite tips for conquering phone interviews? Share your advice in the comment section below!