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7 Sure Shot Tips For A Successful Telephonic Interview

Updated on May 10, 2011

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pic by Mark Fischer
pic by Mark Fischer

Gone are the days when the first round of interviews was conducted in person.  Today, the first round is generally by phone and the second round via skype (on that another hub and another day).

The reason I thought I must put up this hub is because I just got off the phone with a candidate, who was applying for a managerial position, wanted to discuss the opportunity and kept eating his lunch!  I could hear him chewing his grub! 

A strict no - no.  Here then are 7 tips to ace that telephonic interview

  1. Treat the telephonic interview as a formal face-to-face interview. If you can do that, you will not falter. Dont think people cant see you. Your voice says more than you think.
  2. Get a ringtone that sounds professional or even better remove the ringtone. You can have two phones and on the professional number please ensure there is no ringtone. There is enough research to show that not only can one tell a lot about someone from their ringtone, but that people do draw conclusions from the ringtone.
  3. If you are busy, ask for interview to be rescheduled. Most recruiters I know will ask you first, if you are able to talk or 'is this a good time to connect'. If it is, brilliant, if not say so. Suggest and alternate time and offer to call back. Once you have given another time, please make yourself available at the appointed hour.
  4. Find a quiet place to take the call.  Do not drive and talk on loudspeaker, do not sit in your office, barking orders and talking into the phone at the same time.  Remember, this is an interview not a sales call.
  5. Remember all your applications. I cannot stress this enough. I know with the current spate of job-sites it is ridiculously easy to apply to multiple jobs in one-go, but I would urge you to remember your applications. It is very disconcerting when I as a recruiter have to remind the applicant they in fact they did apply for the position.
  6. Give concise answers and be as specific & verbal as you can.  The caller cant see you and your hand gestures or your facial expressions, so your voice will have to convey enthusiasm and knowledge.
  7. Last but not the least, dress up and smile.  Trust me, it will carry through the airwaves!

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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @John Nicholls Thank you! much appreciated!

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      John Nicholls 6 years ago

      Spot on advice: ".... and smile. Trust me, it will carry through the airwaves!" Yes you can always feel a smile.

      Other tip that begs why it needs to be mentioned, but it happens: don't have a late/party night preceding a interview...your mind is shot, and your speech is following close behind.

      Other obvious job prospect killer: Had one candidate smoke all the way thru a telephone interview!

      Lastly, be yourself, natural, honest. Your voice & hesitation (whilst you fabricate an answer) gives you away faster than body language.

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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @Carole thank you for reading & the comment!

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      Carole Baker 6 years ago

      Thank you for these excellent tips. I practice all of them but always good to read a reminder. Thanks again!