Many employers today rely on phone interviews before conducting a face-to-face one. There are different reasons for this:
First and foremost, it’s more convenient and cost-effective to talk on the phone than to bring a candidate into the office. It also enables hiring managers to interview more candidates in a shorter period of time, so they can narrow their list to just the top contenders for an in-person interview.
While phone interviews are similar in many ways to face-to-face ones, they also pose a variety of different challenges, too. As a result, it can be tricky for candidates to properly prepare. To help you along the way, so you nail your next phone interview, here are a few tips from our Tempe recruiters to put to use:
Do some legwork.
Before your interview, make sure you thoroughly prepare by researching the company and interviewer. Read through the job posting once again too so you can highlight their most pressing needs and then list your skills and abilities that best meet them. You can keep this information right in front of you to reference during your interview.
Besides being asked questions, you should ask your own during an interview. This will serve a couple of purposes. First, it will show that you’re eager to learn more about the opportunity. Secondly, it will help you to get the information you need so you can determine whether the job is a good fit for you.
Set up a private area.
Make sure you have a private and comfortable area set up for your interview. Ideally, it’s at a desk where you can sit with the job posting, resume, and a notebook in front of you. This way, you can write down any questions or points that come to mind during the conversation, as well as jot down any other pertinent thoughts you want to remember.
Identify your most relevant experience and accomplishments.
Before the interview, make a list of the skills and accomplishments that are most important to bring up during the interview. You might not have a chance to highlight them all. But you’ll want to be able to talk about your proven track record and dig into the specific results you achieved, so you can set yourself apart from other candidates.
Phone interviews are stressful, just like in-person ones. However, the better job you do at preparing for them, the better your chances of moving onto the next step in the hiring process.
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