Phone interviews have become an incredibly popular choice by companies at the beginning of their hiring process. These days, everyone has a phone and it is a lot more cost effective on their end to call 50 candidates in one day than to interview in person. Even though phone interviews are more common, I find them to be more intimidating than standard, in-person interviews. Today, I’ll be sharing the things I do in order to nail a phone interview and feel more comfortable.
> Dress in business casual. For an in-person interview, chances are you would be dressed in some form of business professional or business casual. I highly recommend continuing this dress code into a phone interview. I’ve done phone interviews in both my pajamas and business casual and not only did I feel more prepared and composed while wearing business casual clothing, but I also felt more awake, which helped me to think on my toes when asked a curveball question.
> Write out your answer to several “standard” interview questions. If you’ve ever had an interview then you know what kind of questions I’m talking about – the very general questions. Tell me about yourself. Tell me about any experience you have with ______. What is your worst quality? Questions like that will get asked in almost every interview, regardless of form, so having go-to answers is very helpful.
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> Do your research before the interview. Of course you should do your research on the company and the position, but this type of research is pertaining to interview questions that have been asked in the past. I highly recommend checking out the company you’re interview for on Glassdoor. They often have interview questions that have been asked before on the website and can give you more guidance with what type of questions to expect (like math questions, for example).
> Smile while you talk. The only two things that the interviewer is judging your interview on (other than any written materials you previously submitted) are your answers to their questions and the manner in which you answer them. Smiling while you talk naturally perks up your demeanor and makes you sound friendly. Bonus: it doesn’t matter if you feel like you look silly – they can’t see you!
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