What to Do Before a Telephone Job Interview

Do not take for granted a telephone job interview because it’s equally important as in-person interview to impress your next employer. 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 disappoint him or her by sounding sloppy, reckless, and disorganized when answering questions even to set time for you to visit the office in person.

To some people, a telephone job interview may be easy; but for majority of applicants, even some with extensive experience, the process is still intimidating at best. If you belong to the majority, then practicing a telephone job interview with a friend is not so bad if it will help you improve your phone in job interview skills. They can prepare common questions asked in a phone interview, but do not review their questions ahead to prepare your answers. Record your play interview and take note where you can improve your conversational skills perhaps in the manner or the tone of your voice when answering questions.

Often, the questions asked in a telephone job interview are common regardless of the company type or the job you’re applying for. 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. Ready your resume all the time because most of these questions are related to the content of your resume. Some common discussions in a phone interview could pertain to your previous job experience, characteristics, and your top skill relevant to the company.

That’s why it’s relevant for you to go the extra mile to research about the company you want to work for. Know about what they do, their vision, and if possible know about the company’s current business standing in which you can contribute with your skills and abilities. Packaging yourself as the best candidate for the job is easy if you know what the company is working on and in which department they need help with.

Interviewers feel good if they think you applied to their company only by not asking something crazy like “I sent out several resumes; could you remind me about your vacant position?” 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. This list should be placed on your desk or taken anywhere with you for easy access in case you get a call from a potential employer for a telephone job interview.