To make life simpler on everyone during a hiring process, there is almost always a phone interview involved. Phone interviews are tough, because as an applicant, you are relying on your words and voice to get your personality across. In a typical in-office interview, your personality can be shown through body language, outfit choice and a connection with the Hiring Manager. So how do you make a positive, long lasting impression over the phone?
Dress for the Occasion
Even though you may be sitting in your house, don’t forget that this is still a REAL interview. We suggest dressing for the occasion. Sitting on your couch in your pajamas gets you in a relaxed mindset. Shower, get dressed and pretend they can see you. This will automatically make you feel more professional and ultimately allow you to have a better interview.
The last thing you want to do is have to put them on hold because you don’t have your resume in front of you or the Oprah Show you had on pause started playing again. Turn the TV off, get your resume in front of you and have a pad of paper and pen handy to jot down any notes. Try to schedule the interview when you know the house will be empty to eliminate any distractions from your spouse, roommate or children. Try to use a land line or make certain your in a good “cell phone” zone! We want to avoid the “can you hear me?” or “I’m sorry you’re going in and out”! Trust us, this happens more often than you can imagine.
When you sit on the phone, chatting with your girlfriend about what the neighbor did, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and spill every detail as fast as you can. This is not that moment and we recommend STANDING during the phone interview. It will help project enthusiasm. Speak slow, speak clearly and THINK about what you say before it comes out. Words can get muffled easily on the phone, so speak clearly and keep the phone at a safe distance from your mouth. That being said, they are on the other end of the phone, not the other end of the room, so don’t shout. It’s okay to practice with a friend a phone interview. We encourage you to.
Finally, be YOU. Stay positive and in the moment. Remember that a phone interview is a crucial step in the hiring process and determines if they would like to meet you face-to-face. Ask questions to get a good feel about the company and the job you are applying for. Sell yourself and use these tips to get you to the next phase of this process!