Phone interviews are a common part of the job search process since they save the company and even the candidate a lot of time. So it is important to prepare for phone interviews. Here are some tips…
1. Schedule it for a time when it is quiet and you will not be disturbed so you give the interview your full attention. You do now want any unprofessional background noises either.
2. Have your resume and other information with you next to the phone. If you have multiple versions then make sure you are looking at the same resume version you had sent to the employer who is calling. You may want to have prepared answers ready to some common questions like, “What are your greatest strengths?” Remember since it is over the phone they can’t see your notes. You probably want the answers prepared in easy-to-read bullet points. Have notes handy as well on the research that you did on the company. You may want to refer to these facts throughout the interview.
3. Have a list of questions ready so that you can gather info and show interest. Have some paper and a pencil ready so you can take notes.
4. Have your day timer or whatever you use handy so you know your availability. If the interview goes well the interviewer may ask you to come in for a second interview that will be face-to-face this time.