A telephone interview is usually the first step in the application process when applying for a job, and although it may not be a big deal for many, for some it can still be equally as nerve-wracking as a face-to-face interview. Knowing what to say and being prepared is crucial, so make sure that you take on board as much advice as possible.
Once registered, TheGrad will offer you tips and tricks throughout your journey with us that will help you to succeed in an interview. No matter what industry you decide to enter, these tips can be applied to all…so here are some things to consider:
Make a prep sheet
A lot of interviewers tend to rely on the same sort of questions, which means you can anticipate the questions that will be asked. Look up some common questions…one in particular, is ‘tell me about yourself’ and then ensure that you practice your response over and over. You want to sound confident but relaxed so ensure that you clear your mind before the phone rings. Write down as many questions and answers as you like, do all that you have to; to give you peace of mind.
Have you CV handy
Alongside your CV, make sure that you have a pen and paper ready. Your potential employer will likely be reading your CV when directing questions at you so make sure you know what is on there, confidently. Jot down notes while talking, you may capture some important pieces of information that you won’t want to forget.
Being relaxed is another key to interview success. The location you choose in advance is equally important as you want to make sure that you’re blocking out the sound. The interviewer will probably notice if you sound uncomfortable…make sure that there are prime focus and concentration on the point of conversation to avoid any confusion and mishaps.
Ensure strong signal and clear sound
A phone interview relies on sound, so getting this right is vital. Make sure that your phone has a positive connection and test the location in advance. Avoid busy places and speakerphone; clarity of sound is a requirement, of course.
Have internet access
Should you need to access the web for any reason, you want to be able to do so. Have your laptop or tablet handy as it is quite common nowadays for an interviewer to ask you to look at a website or follow a document with them. You want to be as professional and prepared as possible to make sure the flow of the interview is smooth. Should you do this then the entire mood of the telephone interview is likely to be a successful one.
Control your voice
Keep a level of enthusiasm in your voice at all times to radiate your passion. As well as that you need to make sure that you sound clear so that the interviewer can take you seriously. Use formal language but if the time permits for you to be friendly and conversational, then don’t be afraid to do so. Impress the interviewer as much as you can using your voice because that is all you have to use at that present moment…use it to your advantage.
By following these steps we are confident that your telephone interview will go as planned. Sit back, relax and smile your way through your interview without any pressure or stress.