How to prepare for a phone interview

As far as interviews go, it’s always best to go through the process face-to-face. Given today’s technology and the prevalence of remote work opportunities, there may be an occasion where you need to have a phone interview. A hiring manager might even want to conduct a preliminary interview over the phone before they bring you into the office. If you find yourself in this position, here are some things to keep in mind before you hop on the call:

1. Know the job description

Make sure you have a solid understanding of the position so you can confidently identify why you’re interested in the role and why you would be a great fit for the job. Especially when you’re on the phone, it’s important to speak with confidence and conviction, which is much easier when you have a good understanding of the position for which you are being considered.

2. Make sure you're in a quiet, comfortable space

No one wants any distractions while attending a job interview. Make sure you’re in a private, quiet room without any possible interruptions or background noise. Take a couple of breaths, get comfortable and be as relaxed as possible before the call. Standing up is usually the best way to speak on the phone because your voice tends to be stronger and clearer.

3. Warm up your voice

You want to make sure that you sound energetic and enthusiastic on the phone. Give yourself enough time to warm up your voice and don’t get on the call right after you wake up. Ensure that you have a glass of water ready in the event your throat gets dry.

4. Keep a pen and paper nearby

It’s a good idea to take notes during the interview. You might receive information that you’ll want to refer to as you move forward in the hiring process. Taking notes can also help you stay focused on what the interviewer is saying. It’s much easier to get distracted or be less attentive over the phone than during an in-person discussion.

5. Have a cheat sheet

One of the great things about interviewing over the phone is the ability to refer to any relevant documents while on the call. Have your resume handy with any key points highlighted so you can refer to them quickly during the interview, if necessary. You might also want to have the company’s website or the job description accessible. If you are going to refer to any notes, make sure you can find the information quickly, no one wants to wait on the phone while you sort through papers.

Following these simple guidelines will help you prepare and increase your chances of getting the job. Good luck!

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