Phone interviews are generally shorter (~30 minutes) interviews that recruiters or hiring managers use to get to know you better. They are usually part of an initial interview screen to establish whether or not you deserve to move on to the in-person interview. Companies receive many resumes for each position, as a result, they need a way to screen through all those resumes and only bring in the most promising candidates. I have compiled a few tips to help you with your phone interview/phone screen.
Know Your Story
As with an in-person interview, it is important to know your personal story. Know how you got to where you are today and be able to logically explain each of your career moves.
Know Why You Are a Good Fit
Be sure to understand why you would make a good candidate for the position. Is it your client management skills, analytical abilities, or expertise in Salesforce products?
Project Your Voice
As mentioned in my nonverbal communications post, your tone contributes to a significant part of your overall communication. Being able to communicate with a clear, confident tone will go a long way and will even make up for a lack of substance in your message. I recommend standing up when you speak since it will be easier to project your voice.
Watch Your Tone
Since your body language is irrelevant during a phone interview, your voice and tone become so much more important. When people are nervous, I’ve noticed that a lot of people tend to intonate their tone as if they are asking a question, which may come across as unsure or lacking confidence. One way to fix this issue is to be aware of your tone when you speak so you can adjust it appropriately.
Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Compensation
A phone screen is used to determine whether or not it will make sense for you to move forward in the interview process. For someone already working, If the proposed compensation is not aligned with your expectations, there’s no reason to waste any time.
As long as time will permit, don’t forget to ask an interesting question or two about the role or company towards the end of the interview. Asking a question will leave the impression that you are interested in the role and serious about landing a position at that potential employer.
Thank Your Interviewer
Even though this is just a phone interview, you should still send a brief email to your interviewer to thank her for her time. You may ask for the interviewer’s email towards the end of the interview, or you can get it from the recruiter.
Make Sure You Have Good Signal
There’s a good chance you’ll be interviewing on your mobile phone. Make sure to plan ahead and find a quiet place with good cellular reception. You don’t want a poor phone signal to cost you a job.
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