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:
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