Understanding how to stand out, even in a phone interview, will greatly help in taking that next step towards the job. Here are 6 tips to help you stand out in a phone interview
A phone interview is still that: an interview. You need to prepare and think through your responses like you would if you were going to an in-person interview. Do some research and refresh yourself on the company that’s calling and who the person is that will be interviewing you. Study up on what questions commonly come up in a phone interview and prepare for those. Tailor your answers for that specific job. Think through ahead of time your strengths and weaknesses, so that you have a quick, easy answer for that specific question. Then make sure, just like with a normal interview, that you have questions ready to ask them.
2. Take your time
When you’re on the phone, it can be difficult to know when the other person is done speaking. Make sure to listen and wait so that you know that they’re done and don’t have more to add to their statement or question. Then take time in answering, don’t rush it. Make sure you speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
3. Get rid of distractions
Think ahead and eliminate any distractions. This includes browsing the internet or flicking through the channels of the T.V. Your interviewer will know you’re distracted, guaranteed. So don’t let other things steal your focus.
Just like you would practice your response to an in-person interview, practice for your phone interview. Record yourself so that you can see what speech habits you need to eliminate. You can also see if you speak too fast or aren’t enunciating well.
Yes, they can’t see your smile. However, when you smile, it brightens the tone of your voice!
6. Send a thank-you
Make sure to thank the interviewer at the end of the call, or even email a thank-you.
Hope you enjoyed and found our 6 tips on how to win a phone interview useful!