Phone Interviews Dos & Don’ts
While there is a lot of advice out there for doing well at an in-person interview, sometimes phone interviews get overlooked. The phone interview is an important part of the hiring process because it often allows organizations their first opportunity to talk to you. This means it’s important to make sure it goes well. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when you have your next phone interview.
Do: Prepare For Your Interview
Even though the person you’re interviewing with won’t be able to see you, it’s still important to get ready for your interview as you would for an in-person one (minus the professional clothing). You should still get prepared for a phone interview by doing research on the organization you’re interviewing with and having a copy of your resume nearby to refer to. It’s important to keep in mind that even though you won’t be in the same physical space as your interviewer, you’re still taking part in an important interview.
Don’t: Take The Call In A Crowded Place
When you’re on a phone interview, it’s important to make sure you and your interviewer are able to hear each other clearly. This means that you should take the call in a quiet place that allows you to focus on your interview. Too much noise can lead to misunderstandings that can negatively affect your chances of getting the position.
Do: Ask What The Next Steps Are
With all the information being given during a phone interview, it’s easy to forget to ask your interviewer what will happen next. Typically, there will be a period of the phone interview where the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. This is a great opportunity to ask some questions about the organization that show you’ve done your research. Asking what the next steps in the process will be is the perfect question to end the interview with because it provides you with a concrete timeline.
When you’re on a phone interview, you should be completely focused on the task at hand. This means that you should be actively engaged in the process and avoid any distractions. Resist the urge to watch TV or browse news articles when you’re on your interview. Your interviewer will likely be able to see you’re distracted, which can negatively affect your chances of getting the job.
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