Phone interviews can be stressful. It’s difficult to read body language and connect with the interviewer, not to mention the possible questions that throw you off your game and cause you to doubt yourself. Luckily, with these 5 ½ tips you will be ready to nail any future phone interview.
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1. Do Your Research
Preparation is key. This first tip is a crucial part of the interview process and needs to be done preferably a few days before the interview. Preparing for an interview means researching your position and the company. The first part of the research is to find information on the career field you are interested in such as how much money that position makes, what skills are necessary, and if this is a competitive field. You should also research important vocabulary or programs that are used in that position. The second part is to research the company. Find out what the company does and how long they have been doing it. Look to see if they have been in the news recently and if it is due to good or bad press. Check out what employees past and present have to say about their culture and read company reviews from customers or clients.
2. Practice Interview Questions
There is no need to stress over possible questions that the interviewer may ask when you can go through the list of usual questions and ask yourself. You can find lists of interview questions all over the internet. Take time on each question and brainstorm answers based on your real work experience rather than the staple answers that come into your mind. Most importantly, make sure that your answers are genuine and not fluff that you think the interviewer wants to hear. They want to get to know you. They want to know how you solve problems individually and how you work on a team. Remember, you are trying to sell them on your skill sets and show them what you uniquely bring to their company that nobody else can. It is okay to take time to think on questions during the interview, but try not to hesitate or take too long or it might seem as though you don’t know what they are talking about.
3. Questions for the Interviewer
When participating in an interview, you want to be able to set yourself apart from the other candidates. Take time before the interview to think of questions to ask. This will show that you are invested in the position. Telling the interviewer that you are invested is nice but showing them is better. Having questions that you are prepared to ask shows that you are proactive. Feel free to ask questions that come to your mind throughout the interview. You can ask the interviewer about the company environment and culture. You can also ask about more of the specifics of your position. For example; who will you be working with, what kind of assignments will you be doing, and what goals they have for the position. You can show them that you are invested with a follow-up question about when you should expect to hear back from them.
4. Just be You!
Show the interviewer that you are a human and not a work machine. You are not only bringing “work you” to the company but the “entire you.” It’s okay to briefly mention hobbies or interests, especially when you have them in common with the interviewer. Creating a connection will help them remember you after the interview has ended. It helps to keep the mood light and makes it so the interview does not feel like an interrogation. Being well-rounded is important and most companies want an employee that understands how to achieve that. You may be asking, “When is an appropriate time to share personal information?” Keep it brief but you can mention it when they ask you to talk about yourself or your strengths and weaknesses. Remember, keep the personal information appropriate, don’t get carried away.
5. Be Articulate About Your Skills
You are trying to sell the interviewer on your skills and convince them that you are exactly what their company needs. You want to make a good impression so that way they are not only impressed by you during the interview but so that they remember you long after the interview is over. Have a solid understanding of important key terms in your field and make sure to use them. Think of qualifications from the job application and make sure to mention a few of them. Be confident in yourself and your skills. Don’t just tell them about your skills, show them. Share examples from real work experiences where you used your skills in action and what you learned from those experiences. After the interview is over be sure to send a thank-you email. Try to send it within an hour of the interview ending or at the least, the same day. This follow-up email shows that you are interested and that you are grateful for the opportunity. This will also help the interviewer to remember you.
5 ½. Hype Yourself Up
Interviews, and especially interviews on the phone can be incredibly nerve-racking. So before the interview begins, here are a couple of ideas to help you feel more confident and to put that adrenaline to good use. You can create a mantra to repeat to yourself. An example mantra would be, “I am smart. I am confident. I am prepared.” To help boost confidence, stand in front of a mirror and strike a superhero pose and say your mantra out loud. Be sure to say your mantra with a confident voice and a smile on your face. If you are still feeling nervous and wiggly then throw yourself a mini dance party. Turn on your favorite confidence-boosting song and dance it out.
If you apply these 5 ½ tips you will sound confident and be memorable in your next phone interview. Now that you have started preparing for your next phone interview, visit this link to find out if a job in digital marketing could be the right path for you.