Most companies prefer telephonic interviews today. Since the candidate is not met face-to-face, there are a lot of areas you need to work on to show your potentiality. Below are a few of the basic tips that will help you prepare for telephone interviews.
9 Tips to Prepare for a Telephone Interview
1. Decide on a right time and place
Carefully pick up a right time and place for your interview. Make sure that the time you choose is not pre occupied with some other additional work. You need to have a clear mind. The place you choose for the interview must be noise free with comfortable seats.
2. Know certain facts about the interviewer
Try to gather a bit of information about the interviewer beforehand. He/she might be your future boss and if you get an idea of how they function will help you to create a lasting impression on them.
3. Get an idea about organization in advance
You do not want to sound lame during the interview process. Do your homework well. Have adequate background knowledge about the company, for example their policies and motto etc., so that you get a rough idea about what are they expecting from their employees.
4. Be prepared with the answers to basic questions
There are certain obvious questions like your background, places you have worked etc. that is asked in every interview. Prepare your answers for these and make them sound interesting. You should never fumble during a telephonic conversation. It just creates bad impression.
5. Use prompters
One of the major advantages of telephonic interview is that you may have prompters set up in front of you that will remind you of certain points to tend to miss out. Keep a copy of your resume in front of you as you will get an idea as to why is your interviewer asking you questions about a certain area.
6. Modulate your voice
Voice modulation is very important in telephonic interviews. You need to sound confident and interesting to the interviewer. Since he/she cannot see you, your voice will have to perform the miracle. Therefore, you need to sound firm and interested at all times, even when you are nervous about a certain question. Smile when you are talking.
7. Ask questions
Create a list of questions that you would want to ask the interviewer about. Preparation beforehand will make you look professional when you are given time to put forward your questions.
8. Find yourself a landline for the conversation
Try to avoid mobile phones during telephonic conversation and opt for landline. At times there might be network problem or they may just run out of charge or you may get a break in the call while you are interviewing. In fact there are a zillion things that might go wrong. Therefore, why take the risk? Rather find yourself a land line for zero disturbances.
9. Ask about the next step
Upon completion of the interview, do not hesitate to ask what is next. Ask about what will follow up and if you need to meet them to discuss things from a wider perspective.
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