The phone interview is a vastly different beast to the face-to-face, and there are a few things that can cause it to go awry. Let’s look at some ways you can make the right call when chatting to a prospective employer on the phone.
When I say attitude, it’s not what you think. Or maybe it is. I’m talking about your posture. Even though they can’t see you, make sure you sit up straight and bring energy. By doing that, you’re sending signals to your brain that it’s game time and you’re ready to perform.
2. Make notes
One major advantage a phone call has over a face-to-face is that you can write down your notes and have them in front of you. Jot down the key things you want to know and also write some prompts for yourself about the company, their culture, and most importantly the name of the person you are speaking with!
3. Think first
Silence can feel awkward when you’re not looking at someone. This can prompt you to answer quickly without truly considering the question. Take a moment to ponder the question then answer. Better a moment’s pause rather than sounding unprepared and panicked.
Before your interview, try and role-play the exchange over the phone. Get a friend or family member to be the interviewer and see how you do. You may feel a little bit silly, but it will truly prepare you for the real thing.
Finally, be sure and make your call upbeat. Keep the energy up and show you really want the position. As I said in point one, attitude is everything. Good luck and I hope you really make the right call!