Telephone interviews are pre-scheduled job interviews which usually last up to 30 minutes. With the advent of video technology, some employers may use video conferencing instead (check out our guide for video interviews here), but many will choose to use telephone interviews as part of their recruitment mix.
Just like in a normal interview, you must make sure you adequately prepare. Failure to prepare will impact on your confidence and can easily come across during a telephone interview.
Confidence is going to be key. Ensuring you have thoroughly researched the industry, organisation and job is vital. Have a look around the company website, their social media channels, competitor sites and relevant news articles to help gain an insight.
Don’t forget to know YOURSELF.
Write out examples of how you have demonstrated each skill listed in the person specification. The benefit of a telephone interview is that you can have notes in front of you and no one will know.
When answering the call, it is important you sound upbeat and professional. Try answering with ‘Good morning/good afternoon, (your name) speaking’ and maintain a professional tone throughout.
Telephone interviews can feel more pressurised as there is a time constraint, but it is important to be aware of the pace of your speech. Make sure you are clear and concise in what you are communicating.
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Best of luck with your job search!