The goal of a telephone interview is an invited to come to the employer’s location for an in-person interview.
You typically have just two assets – your voice and your preparation!
Job Interviews on the Telephone
Often you are given the opportunity to prepare for a telephone interview, but sometimes they come out of the blue when you answer your phone!
So, advanced preparation is key.
Since you may not know when to expect the telephone interview, it is critical that you do not wait to begin preparing for the interview until you have the interview. You have to accomplish your goal – selling yourself, your skills, your experience, and your value – with nothing but what comes out of your mouth.
What can you do?
1. Have a plan.
2. Be organized.
3. Minimize distractions.
4. Pick the right time..
5. Be forthcoming.
6. Answer professionally.
7. Observe body language.
8. Communicate thoughtfully.
9. Prepare for negotiation.
10. Practice gratitude.