10 tips to crack a telephonic interview!
So you have a job interview over the phone. Parul Banka lists out ten things that you must remember before you take that all-important call.
Relived that you would not have to go in person for the next job interview and that you would not have to look impeccably dressed up, when you go there? Well, travelling and dressing up effort might have been saved, but there is still lot of care that should be taken during a telephonic interview. This article explores some tips to effectively deliver interviews over phone:
Find a quiet corner:
Nothing is worse than getting interrupted when you are trying to articulate your thoughts in a discussion. Always give a telephonic interview from a place with no interruptions. If you are at home, please send other members of the family and pets away from the room.
Parul Banka is a Human Resources and Training professional.
Image: Make sure you are by yourself when you're taking that call
Keeping the CV/Resume handy
Image: Make sure you have a copy of your resume handy
You may not be seen but you would be heard:
Image: Your nervousness, smile, grimaces can all be caught through your voice
Keep your hands free
There could be interviews where you are required to solve a case study or do some number crunching. In such cases, it would help to have both the hands free, if you are working out the solution. A hands-free or blue-tooth or a landline phone with speaker would be handy in such a situation.
This also helps in interviews of long durations: If you speak for say an hour, the mobile phone might get warm and hence uncomfortable to hold and your arm may get tired holding it.
Image: Be prepared for long conversations. Keep your phone on speaker or perhaps on bluetooth
Be ready to take notes
Image: Make sure you're in a position to take notes
Image: Make sure you have a glass of water handy
Watch your speed
Image: Be careful of the pace at which you speak
Know your interviewer's name correctly
Image: Even though you may not be able to see his/her face make sure you have your interviewer's name right
Be available for the call
Image: Make sure you're available for the call and aren't galavanting at the appointed time