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Preparing For A Phone Interview

Your resume made it through the ATS, you've passed the phone screen by HR, and now you have a phone interview with the hiring manager. Prepare to ace the phone interview with these tips!

First, there are two types of phone interviews - the phone screen, usually done by someone in HR, and the phone interview done by the hiring manager. The HR phone screen will focus more on the skills and personality match, job history and salary to see if you're a good fit for the role and the company. Your phone interview with the hiring manager will focus on further assessing if your skills and personality will mesh well with the team.


 phone interview checklist


Have on hand:

Your resume. Print out the version you submitted when you applied online. Highlight any achievements and skills you want to make sure to mention.

The job description. Print out a copy and highlight key words. Write notes on how your experience relates to the job responsibilities and requirements. Reference these notes during your discussion.

Your cover letter. You've spent the time writing a targeted cover letter, so use this as a point of reference for how your skills match the description and how you can contribute to the team. 

Your notes on the company.  Do research on the company to learn it inside and out. Research your hiring manager and the people with whom you may be working. Put these in bullet points or an easy to read format so you can quickly reference them during the call. 

Note pad and pen. A plus to having a phone interview is that you can take notes during the call. Pay close attention to what the interviewer is saying and write down notes on how you can expand on he or she is saying, how your experience matches what the interviewer is talking about, etc. These notes along with your research on the company will help strengthen your talking points for this phone interview and the interviews to follow.

Questions for the interviewer. Have a list of 3-5 questions to ask the interviewer. You can cross out some if they were addressed during the interview, so having more than three will ensure you have something to say when the interviewers asks, "What questions do you have for me?"


Your environment:

Make sure you're in a quiet space. Find a room in your house, shut the door and turn off anything that would make a noise or be distracting. 

Dress the part. Really. Doing so will get you in interview mode - when you dress the part, you'll feel the part. So go ahead and put on your suit for your phone interview. 

Posture. Find a place to stand with your documents in front of you or sit at a desk. The goal is to sit up straight to help you project confidence. Remember the phone interview is part of the interview process. The hiring manager is listening for verbal cues about your confidence in being able to do the job and how excited you are about the position.

Now you're set for your phone interview. Give yourself plenty of time to set up, take a few deep breaths, and be on time for the call.

Tell us: How do you like to make sure you're all prepped for an interview?



Topics: Career/Interview Tips

Posted by Advanced Resources on May 31, 2013