Telephone interviews are becoming a lot more common than they used to be and it is important to remember to be just as organised and prepared as you would be for a formal one-to-one interview.
Ensure that your phone is fully charged and you have a copy of your CV as well as any other relevant information you may need on hand. The recruiter may just be looking for a confident manner so the ability to respond intelligently to their questions regarding your previous roles and achievements is essential!
If you seem disinterested and answer the questions half-heartedly then you’re probably not going to be considered for the role. The recruiter is most likely speaking to lots of other candidates so if you don’t want to end up in the rejection pile, you’re going to need to shine.
Do your research
Start by finding out as much as you can about the company. Find out about the size of the company, what they do and their services/products. The best place to start is the company website but be sure to also check out other sources such as news articles.
Write down any questions that you would like to ask
A phone interview is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the role you have applied for. Here are some good examples of questions to ask the employer…
“Is this post a new or existing one?” – This question will help you to find out whether you are replacing somebody or if the role has just been created. If it is a new post, why has it been created?
“Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this role?” – This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide if this really is the job that you want. This question also enables you to find out more about the specific skills and experience required.
“What are the promotion prospects?” – Nobody wants to fall into a dead-end job and this question enables you to find out more about the potential for progression within the company. You are also demonstrating your desire and drive for success and career progression.
“What are the company’s plans for the future?” – This question not only shows that you are interested in the company but will also allow the recruiter a chance to talk about their plans.
“What do you like best about working for this company?” – This question will give you an insight into the culture of the company and the interviewer’s personal experience there.