The following tips are designed to help you make the most of your phone interview.
Always make sure that you are in a quiet place without distractions—one where you can speak freely. If the interviewer calls at a bad time, it’s better to reschedule for five or 10 minutes later (when you can find a place to talk) than trying to get through it.
Always have a copy of your resume in front of you. Many times the interviewer will ask you questions in reference to work history or projects detailed on your resume.
Take 10 to 15 minutes to focus on the upcoming conversation before the interviewer calls.
Always know with whom you will be speaking, as well as that person’s title and functional responsibility. Your MATRIX Associate is responsible for letting you know exactly who will be calling. There are times when your MATRIX Associate may not know exactly who will be calling. This happens more in larger companies when one member of a larger team is assigned to call you to assess your technical skills. Get the interviewer’s name and title and ask how he or she fits into the organization.
Use Power Phone Skills! Speak slowly and clearly and always think about your answers before responding. If sitting, sit upright, just as you would in an actual interview. Many people think that if you stand while talking on the phone you are more alert and are better able to project your enthusiasm for the position. Be careful not to go monotone—keep your voice lively.
Make sure your answers are clear and concise. Get to the point; don’t ramble. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t fake it—just say so.
Have questions prepared. Ask the interviewer if you may ask a couple of questions. Additionally, always express interest in the position. At the conclusion of the interview, ask the interviewer what the next step will be.