You just found out that you have reached the first step of the interview process, the phone interview. First thing first, don’t forget to celebrate small wins. An interviewer saw your resume, and they were interested enough to chat with you. That’s a big step! Now let’s make sure the momentum keeps going and you nail the phone interview.
Even though an interviewer won’t see you, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to prepare or practice. In fact, you need to show your worth through verbal communication only as nodding and making eye contact won’t do you much here.
Go back to the job description, align your experiences and write them down. This preparation will give you talking points for the interview and most likely give you the answers to “Please describe your job experience” type questions.
Yeah, you should definitely try to get 8 hours of sleep before the interview, but in this case, I’m talking about the last 15-20 minutes before it’s go time. At this point, you’ve rehearsed the answers enough that continuing rehearsing until the last minute will only make you more nervous or anxious. So take this time to relax. For some people, it might be watching their favorite YouTuber or listening to very aggressive music. The choice is entirely up to you.
That’s a big one. Make sure that your setting is comfortable and will allow you to do your best. Specifically, find a quiet place, make sure your phone is charged, and that you have a glass of water near you. These things can easily be forgotten, but they make a huge difference.
Your interview has begun. You already introduced yourself, and now you are moving on to your experiences. This is the part where an interviewer usually gives candidates time to talk about their experiences. It might be easy to start speaking faster because the person on the other side is listening very carefully to you, which might get overwhelming. If you catch yourself speaking faster, stop. Take a quick breath and continue at the normal pace.
Consider these tips before your next phone interview. Remember, the fact that you made it to the phone interview stage signifies that they are interested in you, so go ahead and get that job!
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Kate is a passionate digital marketer, who loves to connect with people in a creative way. She is a firm believer in diversity and the importance of being yourself. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and all the other basic hobbies you've heard of before.