Phone Interview Tips!
With times changing and more work protocols coming at you faster than you can think, you may be running into a few “new normals” that are becoming part of your workday. For example, you may now participate in multiple Zoom conferences a day when previously you would just meet with your team in-person. This idea has even reached as far as healthcare providers, as online appointments are becoming more and more frequent due to rising health concerns, social distancing guidelines, and availability. However, these new approaches are not as easily adaptable as we may think. I’m sure many of us have found ourselves (at some point in the last few months) troubled with various technological issues, or just plain confusion on how you’re supposed to complete a certain task from your home. Another possible scenario you may find yourself participating in is a phone interview. Continue reading to find more information on how to handle phone interviews, and what you can do to prepare yourself for one!
- Take it seriously. Treat your phone interview as if you were there in person. If you are lounging around in your pajamas on the couch and side-glancing at the TV, your interviewer will be able to tell. Dressing the part can also work wonders for how your mind perceives your interview; it may even help you take it more seriously because it is a physical reminder of professionalism. In this case, “faking it until you make it” may not serve you as well.
- Eliminate distractions. There are many reasons for this suggestion (obviously), but mostly it’s because you could completely lose your focus and not be able to recover quickly. If something random shows up on the TV screen or on your smartphone’s notifications, do you really think you wouldn’t notice? Make sure to also plan for other possible noises that can occur, such as your dog barking or a family member asking you a question. You’d be surprised how well our phone speakers pick up other sounds nowadays. You may have convinced yourself in recent months that you are a master multitasker, but it’s not worth risking a potential opportunity if you slip up.
- Don’t dominate the conversation. The interviewer is there to learn about you, but not everything about you. Let them lead the conversation, and try to respond thoughtfully, but don’t go on more than necessary. Your future employer may also be observing your ability to listen, so make sure you are following the conversation and not worrying about the next question. Also, be near your phone around 10 minutes before your interview to ensure that you are not “late.” If you miss a call or they do not call you at the scheduled time, follow up immediately via email.
- Have fun and be confident! Show the interviewer who you really are without coming on too strong, and you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be. Make sure to smile too, they’ll be able to hear it in your voice!
While phone interviews may be a frightening concept for some, you don’t have to go into it completely blind. With proper research on the company and taking these strategies into account, you should be ready to rock your next interview — whether it’s in-person or not!