Job interviews are stressful experiences for most of us. Even though face-to-face interviews are common, phone (or Skype) interviews have grown in the past few years. It is even truer for YBorder candidates as they tend to be looking for jobs abroad. As a means of convenience, most candidates that live in a different country than the one they’re applying in resort to phone or Skype interviews.
Although phone interviews seem easier as the candidate is in a more comfortable place than a recruiter’s office, it can also be difficult to prove your motivation for a job on the phone. The following tips will help you to prepare correctly for this type of interview.
Before the interview
1) Find a quiet place and make sure you’re equipped
A phone interview can turn into a disaster if the other party cannot hear you properly. Make sure to find a quiet place with good reception in order to minimize disruption. We also advise you to bring headphones so that you have your hands free when you talk and take notes.
2) Double-check contact information
Accurate contact information is crucial in this type of interview. Make sure to get their contact information as soon as you schedule the interview. Send an email 5 minutes before the interview to tell the recruiter that you are available and give them a number to call. This shows that you are professional and recruiters like this attention to detail!
3) Prepare a short introduction of yourself
Unless you have a captivating voice, it’s difficult to get your interlocutor’s full attention on the phone. Describe your background and experience in the most concise manner possible so that they retain only the most important information. Pitching yourself is not easy, and this is something you absolutely need to practise.
4) Research the company and the person interviewing you
This is THE thing to do before any job interview, whether it’s on the phone or face-to-face. Research the company’s history, recent news and mission statement. During the interview, try to talk about yourself in a way that feels close to the company’s values. Googling your interviewer is also a smart thing to do. Try to find a common interest or a talking point that will help you engage the conversation. It’s also helpful to put an image on a name that will allow you to project yourself in the interview.
During the interview
5) Act as if you were face-to-face with the recruiter
Even though you are not in direct contact with the recruiter, you must not be too relaxed either. Act as if you were doing a face-to-face interview: sit tight, articulate well and try to speak with enthusiasm. If you do this, the recruiter will feel it in the tone of your voice. The more natural you sound, the better! Another suggestion would be to repeat out loud the name of your interlocutor a couple of times before the call to avoid mistakes and misspeaks.
6) Avoid interrupting
Bouncing back on a topic is good, but it can be difficult to find the right time to do it when you don’t have direct eye contact with the person you’re speaking to. Avoid interrupting in the middle of a sentence, and let the other know you’d like to speak up. However, too many interruptions can break the flow of the conversation and make it more difficult to carry on.
7) Take notes
It’s even more difficult to recall conversations on the phone than face-to-face ones. Therefore, taking notes is essential to perform an effective interview! And as you are not in direct contact with the interviewer, it’s easier to take notes while he/she is talking.
8) Ask questions but not too many
It’s essential to show your interest to the recruiter. Generally, recruiters answer all your questions about the company and the position during the interview. However, you must keep in mind that a phone interview is different than a physical one. Do not draw it out with too many questions or you will both lose focus. Favor short and closed questions rather than vague interrogations. You can rephrase the recruiter’s sayings to make sure you are on the same page. This is also a way to reassure him/her during the interview. If you think you have too many questions to ask, prioritize them and ask the most important ones first.
After the interview
9) Do a personal recap
Now it’s time to do a recap of the interview. Review your notes and complete them with further information and thoughts. How do you feel about the job? The company? Did the interview meet your expectations? Do you think it went well? You can write a list of pros and cons to help you reevaluate your motivation for this job. It will help you for future decisions.
10) Send a ‘thank you’ email
Finally, do not forget to send an email to the person you just talked to. Thank him/her for his/her time and write a short summary of your conversation. Mention the aspects of the job that you liked to emphasize again on your interest for this position. These ‘thank you’ emails are greatly appreciated by recruiters and sometimes help them make hiring decisions.
That’s it for today! The following infographic will help you keep these 10 tips in mind for your next phone interview. With these, you surely will be more confident. Now we’re waiting for you on YBorder to help you find your dream job!