Phone Interview

The telephone rings. It’s for you. An unknown voice provides an introduction and begins a conversation. “I’m pleased to tell you that after reviewing your resume, you were selected to be interviewed.”

Is this a moment of excitement or a moment of panic for you?

Employers use telephone interviews as a way of screening job candidates for employment in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. It’s important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment’s notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk. Here are a few tips that will make your phone interviews more successful.

  • Get a high-quality phone.
  • Have your resume and cover letter in front of you.
  • Stand or at least sit up straight at a table or desk.
  • Treat the phone interview seriously, just as you would a face-to-face interview.
  • Make a cheat sheet of questions asked and answers you provided.
  • Be prepared to write down the name of the person who called, date, time and next steps.

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