Phone interviews are hard. These tips can help. 🙂
Dress to Impress
I know what you’re thinking. “T.A. this is a phone interview. Who cares what I’m wearing?” They might not be able to see you, but you can see you. The way you feel about yourself has an affect on the way you and come across over the phone. If you’re lounging around in sweats and a hoodie, that will come across in your interview.
You don’t have to wear a suit or anything. Just put in a little effort into your appearance before you interview.
It’s the same concept of dressing up for a test or a class. You look successful, you feel successful, you are successful.
Learn Everything About Your New Potential Employer
Literally, stalk them. Learn everything you can about them. What awards did this company win recently? What is their motto or mission statement? What do they do primarily? What is their largest source of revenue? Are they involved in charity work?
If you know these things well, it will be really easy for you to bring it up in your conversation with the interviewer. This lets the interviewer know that you did your research, and put time and effort into preparing for this interview.
Anticipate Your Interviewer’s Questions
For the most part all interviewers will ask the same thing. Anticipate these questions. The one perk of having a phone interview is that you can kind of cheat. Write down the answers to the questions that you’ve anticipated. If the interviewer asks that question go ahead and read your prepared answer.
Below are a few questions an interviewer may ask you:
- Why do you want to work here?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What makes you think you’re qualified for this job?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your career and personal goals?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What did you like and dislike about previous jobs?
- How would you characterize your work and management styles?
- What are your greatest personal and professional accomplishments?
Prepare Post Interview Questions
At the end of every interview your interviewer will most definitely ask whether or not you have any questions. Hint* YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A QUESTION.
Not having a question is akin to not caring at all about the position. Asking a question post interviews shows your interest in the position and the company. Here are a few questions you can ask:
- What are the major responsibilities or objectives of this position?
- What would you consider the major challenges facing this position?
- Who does the person in this position report to and work with?
- How much staff or outside support will be available?
- Has the budget for this team been increasing or decreasing?
- What’s the work atmosphere like in this company?
- What happened to the person who previously held the position?
- What would you consider the drawbacks to the position?
- What kind of projects will this team be handling in the future?
- Where do you see the company headed in the next five years?
bonus tip: SMILE!
You’re awesome! You’re perfect! You deserve the best! If you don’t ace your next interview it’s fine! You’ll get the next one, and everyone will still love you! 🙂