How to have a successful phone
A phone interview is the first phase of the recruitment process,
so it is important to get it right.
What can you do to have a successful phone interview?
Take it seriously
As the phone interview is the first interaction with your future
employer it is important to treat it seriously, just like you would if it
was a face-to-face interview. You need to make sure you come
across as professional.
Nerves will always play apart in interviews and sometimes this can
come across but always act yourself and be natural on the phone.
The person on the other side cannot see your body language so
make sure you sound enthusiastic and positive in your voice.
Think about your environment
Where and when you take the phone call is important, if you know
you are going to be in the car or in a busy public place try to
rearrange the call. Make sure you are aware of any background
noise and try to minimise this as much as possible. It is also
important to make sure you have a good signal and battery life on
Don’t be distracted
Keep away from any distractions, don’t take the call with the TV on
or with Facebook open on your computer. You may want to have
the company’s website open on your computer but make sure you
do all your research beforehand and don’t be searching while on
Just like you would with a face-to-face interview make sure you are
well prepared beforehand. Write down any questions you have
about the role or company, and think about any questions you may
also be asked. If you are a fast talker, it can also be a good idea to
practice slowing your speech down.
What are your top tips to have a successful phone interview?
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