Telephonic Interview Tips
Speaking from the experience as someone who is in the recruiting industry and has done numerous phone interviews, if a recruiter or hiring manager gives you the choice of when you would like to conduct the phone screen, obviously pick the best time of the day that you think works for you. However, in many cases, that recruiter or hiring manager has a full schedule and you may have to accommodate their schedule.
In any regards, here are the things you need when conducting a phone interview. If you prepare ahead of time, you should have no problem doing very well on the phone.
1. COPY OF YOUR RESUME: It's important that you are looking at the same document as the person interviewing you on the phone. Chances are high that they will have your resume in front of them and ask questions based on what you have listed on your resume.
2. A STORY FOR EACH BULLET: To be 100% prepared for any questions that could be asked based on your resume, you should be able to tell a story for each bullet point you have listed on your resume. This means you should go through your resume and think about a time you can tell the interviewer about for each bullet item.
3. LINKEDIN PROFILE OF YOUR INTERVIEWER: When conducting a phone screen, you should be sitting in front of your computer with the interviewers LinkedIn profile pulled up. The more you know about the person interviewing you, the better chances you have to make a good impression.
When you are scheduling a time for an interview, whether in person or via the phone, you should ask for the name(s) of the person conducting the interview. Look them up on Google and LinkedIn to find out as much as you can.
Side note: Don't let your interviewer know you have checked them thoroughly out, otherwise it could feel awkward for the interviewer. Just use the information to your advantage when interviewing (i.e. mentioning an organization you belong to if they belong to the same organization).
4. ANSWERS TO EXPECTED INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: There are several books at your local book store that can provide you a list of the most commonly asked interview questions. Get easy interview bonus points by preparing your answers ahead of time for these types of questions.
Side note: Also be prepared to answer hard questions such as gaps in employment, frequent change of jobs, etc. The better prepared you are to answer these tough questions; the more at ease you will put your potential new employer.
5. COMPANY'S WEBSITE: You should also have the company's website pulled up on your computer while interviewing. There could be something stated during the interview process and by having the company's website up you might be able to pull off a comment that helps your cause.
6. QUESTIONS TO ASK: You will almost always be asked if you have any questions. NEVER say you don't have any questions to ask. Be proactive and ask your interviewer questions about the company and position you are interviewing for.
If you prepare yourself with these things, it will not matter what time of day your phone interview takes place because you have prepared yourself. Remember, the interviewer can't see you during a phone screen so take advantage of that and have all your tools and resources directly in front of you.
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