How to Ace a Phone Interview
What comes to mind when you hear the word job interview? Do you imagine two people wearing formal clothing sitting in a room with a desk between them? The traditional interview isn’t the only type of interview a student can expect when applying for an internship or job. With so many companies cutting back because of the economy, many interviews are done on the phone. So how can you improve your chances of acing a phone interview? Follow these tips.
Find a quiet place where you’re not disturbed.
You don’t want to be trying to talk to your interviewer while there is noise in the background such as your dog barking or your dad cheering on his favorite sport’s team. Your interviewer will not be impressed.
Pick a room that suits your needs.
If you like standing while talking, find a place where you can pace around the room. If you prefer sitting, make sure the room has a comfortable chair.
Have a backup plan.
Make sure there are no weird connections in your house where the phone quality gets fuzzy. If you’re using your cell phone, make sure it is fully charged.
Wear decent clothes.
Since your interviewer can;t see you, you won’t have to worry about wearing professional clothes, but don’t wear a ratty t-shirt and a pair of old sweatpants. You’ll feel more confident and prepared for your interview if you wear something that makes you feel good.
Practice ahead of time.
Practice beforehand making your voice sound pleasant, but not overly animated like a cheerleader. On the other hand, if you talk in a monotone voice, your interviewer may come to the conclusion that you’re not interested in their company or internship program. Make your voice enthusiastic and your personality will shine right through.
Verify the time.
If your interviewer and you live in different time zones, make sure to double check. You don’t want to get confused about the time of the interview or miss out on it all together. That’s definitely a way to make a bad first impression.
Keep your resume and a list of questions in front of you.
If your interviewer asks you a question and you get stuck, you will be able to refer to your resume. Compose a list of questions that show you have interest and knowledge in the company you’re interviewing with. Be sure to ask a few questions before the interview is over.
While face to face interviews will always be the most common type of interview, keep in mind that you may have to ace a Skype or phone interview to have a chance to actually meet your employer. Keep practicing these tips and you’ll be a successful interviewer.