Preparing for a Phone Interview

We are using scheduled phone interviews as a vital first step in our screening/employment process. Phone interviews allow us to get a brief glimpse into a prospective employee current career goals, availability, work experience and communication skills. It gives the prospective employee an opportunity to interview without having to leave their own home/location and is especially convenient when you are currently working or in a different state from the location of the employer. It saves you time and commuting costs. Here are five helpful tips to help you prepare.

  1. Be timely. If a phone interview is scheduled for 10 am, make sure you are calling promptly just before 10 am.

  2. Prepare your environment. Find a quiet space with no distractions for at least 20-30 minutes. If you are using a cell phone, please make sure your area has good cell phone service.

  3. Have a electronic or printed copy of your resume. Your interviewer will be asking questions about your resume and work experience. Please make sure you can respond to simple questions such as the dates of employment per employer.

  4. Do your research. Odds are you are applying to more then 1 position at any given time. Make sure you have a copy of the job posting in front of you and visit the prospect employer’s website prior to the interview.

  5. Listen. Chances are that the interviewer has a list of questions prepared to ask. Give the interviewer a chance to ask the full question before responding. Remember the interviewer is evaluating your communication skills. It shows courtesy and we will be measuring how you engage others.

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