Telephonic Interviews

More and more companies and recruiters are now using telephone interviews in the initial stages of the hiring process to do a basic assessment whether or not to take you, the candidate, further through the application process and meeting you face-to-face.


The positive thing about phone interviews is that they are quicker and more convenient for both you and the interviewer than arranging a preliminary meeting face-to-face. If the job you’re applying for relies as much on your personality or telephone skills as on qualifications and experience, the recruiter will be particularly interested in how you come across.

It is as important to be prepared for a telephonic interview as it is for a face-to-face interview. You can be rejected at this early interview stage if you are inadequately prepared or not used to speaking in a professional manner over the phone.


What makes telephonic interviews slightly more difficult is that the situation can feel unnatural and it can be difficult to build rapport with the interviewer. Many candidates find it hard to get into an interview mind-set when talking to interviewers over the telephone.

Here follow a few tips you can follow in preparation to a telephonic interview:

  • Practice with a friend that will give you honest feedback how you come across on the phone beforehand.


  • Make sure you find out as much as you can about the company you applied at / or the recruiter interviewing you. Read the job description carefully and think about how you match the selection criteria.


  • Find a quiet place where you can speak without disruption. Shut out other noises like TV and radio, take the kids away and lock the room from inside. Ask your family members not to disturb you when the interview is in progress.


  • Make sure you smile when answering your phone as your smile will come across in your voice


  • Remain professional. Thus be enthusiastic, but polite. Don't be over-familiar and don't start chatting as if you were talking to a friend. Remember to listen carefully and ask for clarification if you did not hear or understand what was said.


  • Do not interrupt the person that is interviewing you.


  • Finally, make sure you keep a copy of your CV, notes and other documentation on hand in case you need to refer to it during the call.


  • Prepare for expected questions (e.g. accomplishments, skills, strengths, what interests you about the job?) in advance and jot down points on a piece of paper.


  • Write clearly and legibly since you will be referring to it under pressure. Practice the answers to expected questions beforehand.


  • Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.


  • Consider using a landline rather than your mobile as landlines generally clearer and more reliable.


  • A few hours / day after the phone interview send an email thank you note.




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