Telephone interviews are turning out to be the prominent method of screening candidates before final selection, particularly where time and distance are issues.
When confronted with the possibility of being interviewed for a job through phone, it is important that you get it right the first time.
Here are some common slip-ups candidates make during a phone interview.
- NOT PREPARING ENOUGH
Be certain about who might be interviewing you and how long the interview will last.Study the company and know the job inside out so that you can suit yourself.
- BACKGROUND CONVERSATION:
Try not to be in room with other people, don’t keep the TV on behind the scenes, and always apologize for any background interruption.
- INTERRUPTING THE INTERVIEWER
You are probably more enthusiastic and eager to answer the question immediately after hearing it, or rush into correcting a misconception you think the interviewer has, however interrupting them is NEVER a smart move.
- TALKING IN PUBLIC/WHILE DRIVING
If you get surprised by a call while out in public, politely mention that you’re not in an optimal setting for a conversation and ask whether you can reschedule or postpone until you make sure you’re going to be available to answer in ideal conditions.
- NOT VERBALIZING
You may be used to whirring on to your friends over the phone but make sure your responses are clear, and succinct and audible all times.
- APPEARING UNINTERESTED
It isn’t true that acting casual or uninterested will make the interviewer want to hire you more. They presumably get hundreds of applications for the same role, and if they feel that you don’t need the job they’ll simply offer it to another person. Likewise, don’t make it sound like it’s the end of the world if they don’t recruit you.
- TALKING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL LIFE.
Unless the interviewer explicitly asks for it, giving details about your personal life isn’t a best thought. The interview is meant to determine your potential to do the job and whether or not you’re fit for the role you’re applying to, so keep it professional.
- NOT ASKING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Never hang up without knowing the next stage in the process. Ask the recruiter when you could meet in person. Furthermore don’t forget to follow up with a written thank you!
By spotting these common slip-ups and creating your strategy, you’re certain to score and win the job that’s suitable for you!