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Are you prepared to interview for a job by phone?

Using a land line phone for the phone interview will lessen than chances of having a dropped call.
Using a land line phone for the phone interview will lessen than chances of having a dropped call.
Dan Vale

This article will discuss the advantages of phone interviews and how job applicants can do them well. Just as with face-to-face interviews, not doing well during phone interviews can knock job candidates out of contention for the jobs they want.

A big advantage of phone interviews is the ability of interviewees to consult their notes during the interviews. Doing this puts less pressure on interviewees to quickly and completely remember all of the information that can be important during the interviews.

Another advantage is the ability of interviewees to take notes during the interviews. This allows interviewees to remember the topics they want to follow up upon.

Still another advantage is that body language is not as important a factor as it is in face-to-face interviews. Thus, there is one less stressful factor that the interviewees have to manage.

It is important, however, for job interviewees to dress as if they were in a face-to-face interview and to smile often. Dressing professionally will help their voices to convey professionalism, and their smiles will help their voices to convey more affable demeanors.

Job applicants also should follow proper phone etiquette by:

  1. Answering the phone themselves.
  2. Identifying themselves.
  3. Being careful not to interrupt the interviewer, which is easy to do without visual cues.
  4. Preparing the interview space before the job interview to make sure that there will be no distracting activities or sounds during the phone interview.
  5. Turning off the call waiting feature of their phones.

As with traditional, face-to-face interviews, interviewees would do well to do practice mock interviews beforehand with family members or friends. By recording these mock interviews, job applicants will be able to listen to their mock interviews, and to learn how they sound on the phone. Often, they might learn that, when talking on the phone, they need to enunciate their words more distinctly.

Most of the tips regarding face-to-face interviews also apply to phone interviews. For example, sending thank you notes to interviewers after the interviews is just as important for phone interviews as it is for face-to-face interviews.

Have you ever had a phone interview? Compared to face-to-face interviews, what were your impressions of it? Please comment below.