As a blogger, I do phone interviews as part of my weekly tasks. I am continually interviewing people for a post I am researching, or talking to different brands to see if we will collaborate on a project. It can be stressful, but as long as you know these tips, you can keep your cool and win over the person on the other end of the line.
Tips for Nailing a Phone Interview
1. Notepad and pen: Have a notepad and pen during the call. This will enable you to write any notes that you may need after the call, and you can also write down any questions that you may think to ask towards the end of the call.
2. Water: I like to keep a glass of water readily available because my throat may start to get dry. Make sure to take small sips when drinking and swallow quietly or put your phone on mute for a second.
3. Computer: I usually have my computer with me during an interview and have the website up that belongs to the company or person that I am speaking with. If anything comes up that I may have questions on or need any information, I have the info at my fingertips. Just be sure the interviewer can’t hear you typing.
4. Research: Even though I have their web page in front of me, I want to familiarize myself with their website/company/policies before I get on the call. Make sure you have notes and any questions that you want to ask. A lot of companies want to know that you took the time to learn about them.
5. Distraction free zone: Make sure there is nothing that is going to distract you. It can be anything from kids, your husband or even your pets. Go into a quiet room and shut the door if you can. As soon as I stop paying attention to my cat, she will come up on the table while I am on my phone call and start waltzing all over my keyboard. Interviewers don’t think it is cute to tell your pet that they are being silly and it can distract you and get you out of your train of thought very quickly.
6. Time: Make sure you have enough time to hold a phone interview. If it is going well, it can last longer than your work break or lunch. What if the interviewer calls late? Also make sure to be prepared at least 10 minutes before the scheduled call time. Some interviewers use this as a tactic to see if you are prepared.
Those are my tips, but do you have any to add?