Best Tips for Acing a Phone Interview

In our virtual world, more companies are moving towards phone interviews as a time effective way to get a sense for your personality and qualifications. Learn how to present your best self to potential employers in this initial step in the interview process.

Treat a phone interview like any other interview you may have. Wake up early, have a substantial breakfast and your morning coffee, dress in interview attire, and review your interview notes.

Your interview notes should be created based on your review of the company, the job description, and your relevant background.

Find a quiet place to set up and have your resume available as well as the questions you have prepared for the interviewer. I recommend preparing 3-5 questions for the interviewer and have included examples below:

  1. The company

  • The company's long-term strategy

  • How a new acquisition, project, or initiative with affect this position/the department, etc.

2. The Interviewer

  • The interviewer's career experience

  • What has the interviewer's experience been at the company, and what do they like about it

3. The Position

  • What is the background of the position? Are you replacing someone or is it a new role?

  • What will it take to be successful in this position?

  • Ask about things that matter to you depending on lifestyle - Travel? Culture of the group?

The number one piece of advice I have regarding interviews is JUST BE YOURSELF!

This makes for a smoother conversation and connection and increases the likelihood that the company will want to continue in the hiring process with you by setting up an in-person meeting.

Learn more about suggested interview tips here: Best Phone Interview Tips and Techniques

Originally published by Allison Doyle on About.com on December 12, 2014 and updated on August 28, 2015.

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