6 Phone Interview Tips to Get You to the Next Round

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Phone interviews are not as easy as they sound. Imagine getting on a call where you can not see the interviewer’s facial expressions or read their body language. Nowadays, many companies use phone calls as part of their interviewing process. If you perform well in these screenings, the recruiter will move you onto the next stage of the face-to-face interview. Failing a phone interview means end of the road. So how do you make sure that you do an excellent phone interview?

These 6 tips will help you prepare for a phone interview so you can advance to the next round.

1. Ensure you Remember and Understand the Jobs You Applied For

phone interview ensure you remember the job you have applied for

There is a high possibility that you have applied to more that one job. So it can be a bit challenging to remember the jobs you have applied for. There is also a challenge of tracking the progress of your applications.  There are several ways you can track your applications. Example, with the BrighterMonday account, you can be able to see if your job application has been shortlisted, which means that you should be expecting a call from the recruiter or the HR of the company you applied to. Read and double check the job description and it will help you to have a comfortable conversation during the phone interview.   

2. Find a Comfortable Space and Don’t Dominate The Interview

After you have scheduled a call, ensure that you find a quiet space for the interview. You do not want to have your interview at the place where kids are running around and making noise. Ensure that the place has enough network coverage and remember to have headphones closer to you. During the call, don’t forget to show the interviewer that you are a good listener. Answer the questions but don’t dominate the conversation. If they interrupt, stay quiet and listen carefully and answer thoughtfully.

3. Get Ready to Answers Common Interview Questions

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Ahead of your interview, read on common interview questions. You can Google and there are numerous sites that will provide you with the answer to this. e common interview questions. Good preparations will land you to the next level of the interview process.   Some questions might include:

  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Will you be available for an in-person interview in the next few days?
  • If you were offered this job, when would you be able to start?

4. Read and Research about the company.

Apart from reading on common interview questions, don’t forget to learn more about the company and the position you applied for. Before the call take enough time to research the company to get a general understanding of what the company does. Visit their social media channels, their website and blogs.

5. Prepare Questions to Ask

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A strong candidate is one that asks questions during the interview since it shows proactiveness and understanding of the company. Prepare and ask a few questions that will help you make the decision on whether the job is right for you. Asking the right questions will not only help you get information regarding the job but also give you an advantage over other candidates.

6. Send A Thank You Email Interview

After the call, send your interviewer a quick thank you note. It is better if you do it within 24 hours after the interview through a short and brief email. Sending a word of thanks shows that you appreciate the interviewer taking the time away to chat with you. It will also make you stand out because they will remember you. To be honest who doesn’t appreciate appreciation?

Mustapha Mosha
Mustapha Ally is a Community Marketing Manager at Zoom Tanzania and BrighterMonday Tanzania. He loves digital marketing social media