With the current state of the economy, many potential employees are having to prepare for a phone interview. Phone interviews are one of the most vital steps for getting a new job. Employers use these types of interviews to weed out the qualified from the unqualified in the interview process. You need to position yourself to convince your potential employer that you are worthy of a face-to-face interview. This seems simple at first, but without preparation you’re in for a rough experience.

Be Prepared

Phone interviews should not be taken lightly. An employer will be trying to qualify you as a worthy candidate, so you need to bring your A game.

First, you should ensure that any outside distractions are avoided. This means no kids, animals, cell phones, television or even call waiting. Always have an employer call a land line instead of a cell phone. You do not want to lose a job because of bad reception. It is important to be ready for your interview at least ten minutes ahead of time. A lot of times employers like to call earlier than scheduled, as a first “test” if you will. This means you should have your resume on hand, an overview of the company and a few questions you may want to ask.

Research The Company

With the Internet today you should have more than enough information on the company. Visit their website, social media properties, competitors websites, blogs, latest news articles, just to name a few. Take notes on the information that relates to the position that you’re interviewing on, along with any general questions about the company that present themselves throughout your research. Knowing that a company is in the paper industry is no longer enough these days. Find out what type of products they make, who their customers are, and the history of the company. Show the interviewer that you know the ins and outs of the company and they will recognize your effort to succeed during the interview.
Questions To Ask

Asking questions during any interview is very important. Employers like when their candidates are eager to ask questions. This shows that the candidate has a deep rooted interest in the company and position they are applying for. Phone interviews are typically short, so be sure to ask any important questions you have about the position.Before finishing your interview, ask what the next step in the process is and when you should expect to hear back from them.

Remember: Be serious on the phone; do not talk to your interviewer like they are a friend. Try to avoid using filler words. Employers want a confident candidate, so do not use words such as “like” and “um”. However, do not be so rigid in your tone that you sound like a robot.

Employers like candidates who are professional, but also have a personality. Enthusiasm in your voice will let them know you appreciate the interview and that you are eager to work for their company.

Best of luck on your next phone interview!


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