5 Top Tips to Succeed in Phone Interview

So, you have applied for your dream job and being called for Round 2, the telephonic interview. Congratulations. Generally cracking the first round is the toughest. But whether you are natural on a phone call or they fill you with fear, a telephonic interview should not be overlooked.

Today we will be giving you tips that will help you succeed at a telephonic interview.

Phone Interview Tips – Prepare Yourself for a Telephonic Interview Round

Before we move any further educating you, let us see What a telephonic interview is. Telephonic interviews are a way to filter out candidates who recruiters feel are not suitable for the job based on the job description, personality fit and the experience required. So let’s start the preparation for it. First and foremost, have a snappy elevator pitch in the back that sums up who you are and your experience in a concise way. Start with your current position and lay out the key responsibilities there and then summarise the educational and professional steps that you have taken to get to this position. Remember to keep it brief – three to four sentences will do. You’ve got the whole interview to go into further detail on your key achievements and skills. Make sure you know your CV and cover letter inside out. That’s what you will be questioned on after all. So be prepared for questions about your employment and education.

The best part of the telephonic interview is that you can keep you CV in front of you refer to it whenever needed. In the call, they are going to be fact-checking your CV and cover letter. So make sure you go over these and think of anecdote evidence of your previous experience that you can share on the phone. While the interviewer can’t see you, it is still a good idea to dress smart. This will make you feel more professional and you will carry out the interview more confidently.

While answering the call, sound professional. Not like you are greeting your mates. Also, remember to smile. This will ensure naturally that you sound enthusiastic. If need be, stand up. This will make you feel more assertive. When it comes to answering competency-based interview questions, try to stick to STAR where you layout the situation you had to face, the task that you had to do, the action you took and what the result was. It could be as short as 15 mins or take up 1 whole hour. It is essentially a way for your potential new employer to ensure that your CV sticks to the fact before they take you in for a face to face interview.

Now let’s shift our focus to common mistakes that we tend to make in a telephonic interview. A common mistake that people make that they start to blabber. It’s tricky to estimate what the recruiter is thinking since he is not sitting in front of you. Don’t worry about the silences on the call. It is not your job to fill them and feel free to stop talking when you have made your point. So dress smart, keep it professional and make sure you are fully prepared.