Getting Through a Telephone Job Interview

Like in-person interview, a telephone job interview is also important to impress your potential employer so be ready for it before the phone rings. Certainly your potential employer is impressed with your resume so that he or she chose to take time to interview you over the phone. Do not put their enthusiasm off by sounding unprepared or unprofessional when you talk to them over the phone even to schedule an in-person interview.

Only a handful of people – even among professionals – can say that talking to a potential employer on a telephone job interview is not nerve-racking. If you’re not too confident in a telephone job interview like most people, prepare for it by doing a mock interview with a friend or a family member. Ask them to prepare typical questions that an interviewer might ask, but don’t ask them to divulge the list of questions they’ve prepared to ask you. Record the mock interview and note the points for improvement in your tone or in your ability to answer questions swiftly and convincingly.

The questions asked during a telephone job interview are pretty similar across all job types or across all companies. It pays to know these questions in advance so that when they are asked to you, you can answer quickly and convincingly to your interviewer. It also helps to put your resume within reach all the time because most of the questions in an interview pertain to your resume contents. Examples of typical telephone interview topics include your accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses, and the strongest point you can contribute to the company.

Therefore, it’s very important that you gather relevant information about the company you applied to before they drop you a call. Inform yourself about the business, the company’s vision, and check for departments in the company in which you think you can help improve your skills. You can sell yourself better to the interviewer if you can mention some departments in the company in which you can help improve with your abilities.

And remember that the worst thing you can do is to ask the interviewer about the job you applied to in his or her company during an interview. Keep track of your application by listing down the companies you applied to and their contact person, the vacant position, and their requirements to their applicants. Have this list within your reach so that you know which company and which application you sent out to the minute the interviewer introduce herself or himself to you in a telephone job interview.