We’ve dealt extensively with the face-to-face interview in this blog. The reason is simple: job seekers want to know what they can do to make their interview the best that it can be.
And why is that? So they can receive an offer of employment, of course!
This blog post is also about the face-to-face interview, but in a roundabout way. That’s because it focuses on how you land such an interview. The best way to land a face-to-face interview (whether it’s in person or virtual) is to do everything right during the phone interview.
The formula for how all of this works is actually simple, especially if you work it backwards in the following fashion:
- The number-one goal of the face-to-face interview is to secure an offer of employment.
- The number-one goal of the telephone interview is to secure a face-to-face interview.
- The number-one goal of the resume is to secure a telephone interview.
In this blog post, we’re going to focus on the second item listed above, the phone interview. Specifically, we’re going to discuss tips for nailing the phone interview, so that you move on to the next stage of the process.
Below are some tips for nailing the telephone interview with your next prospective employer:
- Practice by having a friend and/or colleague interview you over the phone. Solicit their feedback and make adjustments accordingly.
- Record yourself on the telephone, if possible, so that you can hear what you sound like. Once again, make adjustments accordingly.
- When it’s time for the actual interview, make sure that you take the call in a quiet room that is free of distractions. You obviously want to be on your “A game.”
- This should probably go without saying, but do not eat anything during the interview. Also, do not chew bubblegum, have chewing tobacco in your mouth, or smoke.
- While you don’t want to smoke, you DO want to try to smile throughout the interview. This will help to convey enthusiasm about the position and the opportunity.
- Don’t talk too much. Instead, let the interviewer do most of the talking.
- Ask questions, but don’t ask questions about vacation or compensation. It’s still a little too “early in the game” to broach those subjects.
- At the conclusion of the phone interview, look for the chance to ask for a face-to-face meeting. Remember: if you do not ask, then how do you expect to receive?
Also remember that an experienced recruiter in your field can help you to adequately prepare for the telephone interview. (They can also help you with your resume and the face-to-face interview.)
If you’re not working with a recruiter in your job search, then consider doing so. It’s a relationship that can pay huge dividends for your career!
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.