How Can I Ace a Phone Interview?

September 18th, 2018

Today, more companies than ever conduct phone interviews to screen candidates before advancing to in-person interviews. If you are asked to do a phone interview, you’ll need to impress the hiring manager during the call in order to have a chance at landing the job.

This can be easier said than done, but following a few key tips can help you to excel in the phone interview:

  • Create the right environment. When you undergo a phone interview, it’s important to present yourself as a professional. This means you need a quiet place to conduct the interview; somewhere you won’t be distracted. Stay away from pets, children and other sources of household noise and be ready to get in the right mindset to focus on the interview.
  • Research the company before the interview. You want to be as prepared as possible to both ask and answer questions during the phone interview. You should also know what the company is looking for, so you can tailor your answers accordingly and make sure you present yourself as the ideal candidate. To prepare for the interview, take the time to review the job ad and learn as much as you can about the company. Then, be ready to ask informed questions and give answers that show you have the desired skills.
  • Practice answers to common interview questions. During phone interviews, just like in-person interviews, you must be prepared to answer tough questions. For example, you may be asked about your greatest weaknesses or why you’re leaving your current position. Be ready with replies so you won’t struggle with the answers.

These are just a few things you should consider doing to prepare for your phone interview. Of course, you need to land a phone interview in the first place to show off your skills. SmartTalent can get your resume in front of the right people in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynwood, Everett and surrounding areas, so you can get an interview for the job of your dreams. Give our staffing service a call today to find out more.

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