A phone interview is often a convenient way to get a general feeling of the other person without being face to face. There isn’t the contact that is sometimes desired by both parties, but it works for those who aren’t in the same city or for those who are going through an initial conversation so that the interviewer can get a better idea of the demeanor of the person.
Make sure that you are available to take the call at the time of the interview. If you have children, then consider finding someone who can watch them so that there are no interruptions during the interview. If you know there is a time when you will not be available, you need to let the interviewer know so that a time is arranged that is suitable.
Keep any paperwork related to the position in front of you so that you don’t have to put the interviewer on hold. This could be certificates, personal information or references. When it comes to references, make sure you have all addresses and phone numbers as this is information that will likely be needed. There should also be a description of what the call is about so that you know what to discuss.
Try not to give the generic yes and no answers. These don’t give the interviewer any insight as to who you are. They could also end the interview just as soon as it started. However, you don’t want to elaborate so much on answers that you are on the phone for hours. A few sentences to explain yourself is often enough to give the interviewer an idea as to your background.
If you have a positive attitude and are smiling while talking, the other person on the phone can detect it. You want to make a good impression, even if no one can see you. When you smile, you will sound upbeat and friendly instead of sounding like you’re taking part in a normal conversation.
Ask Before Hanging Up
The person conducting the interview will let you know when it’s over, but you should ask questions about what to expect for the next step. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to speak with you, and ask about contact information for anyone who might need more information.