5 Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview

A phone interview is an exciting first step in the hiring process. Your resume and cover letter have made it past the tricky, keyword centric, online application process and they want to meet you! But first, they use a phone interview to screen candidates and narrow down the process.

5 Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview

5 Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview

My brother-in-law lives in England and applied for a position state-side. Not only did a phone interview save him some serious money by not having to fly across the Atlantic, he and the hiring company saved a lot of time. Just because the interview was performed over the phone doesn’t mean it was any less casual though. Sure, he may not have had to wear a suit but there were other factors he had to control for a successful interview.

  • Ensure good phone reception. If your phone keeps cutting out or if you’re talking in a loud, busy area, it can be a deal breaker. By interviewing in a quiet place with great cell reception, it shows that you plan ahead and think things through.
  • Have a copy of your resume and cover letter in front of you. This will jog your memory for responsibilities and accomplishments when they ask for examples of characteristics they’re looking for.
  • Research the company interviewing you. Be able to communicate exactly why you want to work for that company.
  • Use a cheerful phone voice. Smile while you talk in order to convey congeniality and friendliness that can be easier to convey in person.
  • Always ask questions! Every interview includes a portion where you’re asked if you have any questions. Prepare a list of at least 5 questions and pay attention to any questions on your list that get answered.

Like any interview, be sure to thank your interviewer afterward via e-mail or hand-written note. These tips will make for a successful phone interview and lead to an in-person interview next! Best of luck!