How To Ace A Phone Interview

How To Ace A Phone Interview

What is A Phone Interview?

Phone interviews are conducted just like in-person interviews. They are used by hiring managers and recruiters as a tool for screening candidates for employment. It’s important to take time to review the typical phone interview questions you’ll be asked and to prepare answers.

How To Ace A Phone Interview

  • be polite and professional
  • tell the interviewer if the line is bad or you cannot hear
  • try to sound engaged and interested
  • be clear and confident
  • leave a small gap at the end of each question before answering, to avoid talking over the interviewer
  • ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you’re not sure what they’re asking

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you say at the beginning of a phone interview?

You can start off with something like, “Hello, this is [Your Name]” or “Hi [Name], this is [Your Name]. Thanks for calling, it’s great to speak with you.” Basically, you’ll want to say something that’ll set the right tone off the bat.

How to introduce myself in interview?

To introduce yourself professionally in an interview, start with a polite greeting, state your full name, mention your educational background and relevant work experience, highlight key skills and strengths, briefly share your career objective, and express gratitude for the opportunity.

Can you tell me briefly about yourself?

Introduce yourself, tell them who you are and what your current role is. You can briefly discuss personal interests or hobbies that complement your professional identity. Then, talk about the past, give an overview of your relevant work history, key responsibilities, achievements, and skills.

How long is a phone interview?

Phone interviews typically only last 15 to 30 minutes, so having a quick “about me” blurb prepared can help the call stay on track. You can make sure you don’t forget any crucial details by practicing your answer with a friend or having notes with key points to make. Similar questions include: Describe yourself.

What should I wear for a phone interview?

It’s safest to stay away from jeans for an interview. Aim to look slightly more dressed up than the average employee. A polo, blouse, or button-down shirt paired with a sports jacket or sweater is a good business casual look. Wear closed-toe shoes, and don’t wear athletic shoes/sneakers.

How to sell yourself in 25 words?

Think about the jobs you’ve worked in the past and how the job you’re going for could be enhanced by that experience. Your goal in a 25-word pitch is to get across how capable you are, how long you’ve been doing work like this, and some key skills you possess that will help you slot straight into the role.

Can you get hired from a phone interview?

Usually, phone interviews are the first step in the hiring process and very high level: The interviewer is “screening for risks, they’re trying to validate your qualifications, and they want to see if you’re a fit,” says Muse career coach Tina Wascovich.

What can you contribute to this company?

Share what skill, experience, or other qualification you bring to the table that will help. “You can be clear and direct. Show your confidence,” Goodfellow says. Demonstrate or back up your skills, experience, traits, or knowledge with a story or example.

What is the best time for a phone interview?

Aim for between 10am and 11am. The pre- or post-lunch slots may mean a distracted or lethargic hiring manager. Play it safe with afternoon interviews between 2pm and 4pm. If the employer’s working day ends at 5pm and the interviewer has evening activities planned, their attention will be elsewhere after 4pm.