Preparing for a Phone Interview

By: Zach

*Ring-Ring* – *Ring-Ring*

Hello gang! Zach here. For today’s edition of Peer Into Your Career I am going to talk about how to prepare and conduct a successful phone interview with an employer.

First and foremost, it is important to remember that a phone interview is just as important as a personal interview, if not more. When an employer requests to conduct a phone interview with you, there could be a handful of reasons why. Sometimes it may be that you are located in a different location to where the job may be, and it may be more convenient to do a phone interview. Other times it may be because they have a large list of applicants for one or few positions open, and they do not want to lose valuable time personally interviewing each candidate when they can screen over the phone. With any instance, the phone interview is your first impression that can lead to the next step of employment. If done correctly, you can bet on being brought in by the employer for a second round of interviewing. If taken lightly, you will most likely be left in the dust by your competition.

Let’s take a look at successful phone interview steps:

  1. Research the organization and possibly the interviewer (Hopefully if you have reached the interview step, this information should already be mostly gathered.)
  2. Practice standard interview questions and prepare possible answers (In most instances for employers, this is one of their first steps in the screening process and questions may not be as detailed.)
  3. Prepare follow-up questions (Just like any other interview, be ready with questions. It shows that you are truly invested and interested in the position)

After you complete these simple steps, you will be ready for the interview!

Remember that when it comes time for the phone call that you have planned ahead for an appropriate spot to talk. Luckily, you get the luxury sitting in our sweatpants during the interview if you wanted, but remember to find a quiet area where you won’t be distracted or interrupted. Moving to a location where there is a minimal amount of people if any is best. Really, even with a phone interview we’d recommend dressing up some. That simple act will help you get into the frame of mind for an interview. The most important thing to remember about phone interviews, or any interview for that matter, is to be your genuine self! With any other questions about phone interviews or the interview process, stop by Career & Internship Services (SCC 22) for more information!

Talk to you later!


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