How to Ace a Phone Interview

Posted on January 12, 2011

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By Amy Margavitch

If you’re preparing for a phone interview, then here’s how to give yourself the best chance of landing the job.

Specifically, by preparing extensively beforehand, having confidence during the interview, and following up afterwards, you will have the best chance of getting the job.

If you have arranged a day and time for the phone call, it will make your preparations a lot easier. If you only know which day you will be contacted for an interview, be sure to stay home until after the call. If you have a scheduled time, ensure that you have complete quiet beforehand. You don’t necessarily have to kick out other members of your household, but have a room available that you can close the door to block out sound. Let any children know that you will only be in there for a short time and that you can’t be disturbed.

Preparation is the key to a successful phone interview. Rehearse answers to potential questions until you feel comfortable, and write your answers down so you can reference them during the actual interview. Also write down your job history and any other points you may want to reference. Consider asking a friend to practice asking the questions and to provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your answers.

When called by the interviewer, stand up to project confidence. You may feel silly doing this, but it is a method that actually works. Take your time when speaking so that you will not sound rushed and will be clearly understood. Do not assume that the interview is casual because you are not in front of the interviewer, but remain professional throughout the call.

After the interview, be sure to send a thank-you letter. An interviewer will see that you are willing to make an extra effort. If you only know the email address of the interviewer, it is acceptable to send an email instead of a letter.

Don’t fall into the trap of replaying the interview over and over in your mind. If you know you did your best, that is all you can ask of yourself. Stay optimistic about your chances, but keep searching for other jobs in case it doesn’t work out.

Now that you understand the importance of interviewing well over the phone, you’ll sound professional and confident to any interviewer. This gives you a distinct advantage over other candidates, and will give you a great shot at achieving your dream job.

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