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Tips to Ace your Phone Interview

The first interview is often done via phone to determine if a candidate has the skillset worthy for an in person. You should always take the phone interview seriously and be prepared. Here are a few simple pointers to keep in mind if you are asked to sell yourself over the phone before meeting the company in-person or over zoom.

Tips to Ace your Phone Interview

The first interview is often done via phone to determine if a candidate has the skillset worthy for an in person. You should always take the phone interview seriously and be prepared. Here are a few simple pointers to keep in mind if you are asked to sell yourself over the phone before meeting the company in-person or over zoom.

Find a comfortable and quiet place where you can speak freely.

No cars, especially during any commute, even if you feel perfectly capable. You need 100% focus with no distractions.

Use headphones.

Headphones will provide the best sound for your interview. You don’t want a hiring manager passing because they couldn’t understand your answers clearly.

Be prepared.

If you don’t impress the phone interviewer, there will be no in person interview. Have your resume, your accomplishment cheat sheet and job description available for easy reference.

Accomplishment cheat sheet.

Create a sheet with examples of successes in your previous positions that may relate to the job. Have at least 3-5 examples to share. Describe the problem solved or goal reached, describe how you solved that problem or reached that goal and how by doing so it directly benefited your client, your company or your team.

Smile.

Smiling makes a huge difference in the cadence of your voice, it’s palpable Emotions are contagious, you can hear them through the phone. You want to put forth a happy, enthusiastic vocal variety on the phone. The same sentence given in a happier voice causes those people to become more likable. Clear, expressive and when appropriate, excited speech will keep the interviewer interested.

Water.

Have water nearby to help with your voice when you get dehydrated. Please avoid smoking, checking gum or eating during your interview.


Follow general interview tips for your phone interview as well. Prepare in advance, research the company, have your questions ready and send a thank you note.


For full interview tips, you can find under: A Recruiters Ultimate Interview Tips

All views are my own and are not reflective of any organization I am a part of

Find a comfortable and quiet place where you can speak freely.

No cars, especially during any commute, even if you feel perfectly capable. You need 100% focus with no distractions.

Use headphones.

Headphones will provide the best sound for your interview. You don’t want a hiring manager passing because they couldn’t understand your answers clearly.

Be prepared.

If you don’t impress the phone interviewer, there will be no in person interview. Have your resume, your accomplishment cheat sheet and job description available for easy reference.

Accomplishment cheat sheet.

Create a sheet with examples of successes in your previous positions that may relate to the job. Have at least 3-5 examples to share. Describe the problem solved or goal reached, describe how you solved that problem or reached that goal and how by doing so it directly benefited your client, your company or your team.

Smile.

Smiling makes a huge difference in the cadence of your voice, it’s palpable Emotions are contagious, you can hear them through the phone. You want to put forth a happy, enthusiastic vocal variety on the phone. The same sentence given in a happier voice causes those people to become more likable. Clear, expressive and when appropriate, excited speech will keep the interviewer interested.

Water.

Have water nearby to help with your voice when you get dehydrated. Please avoid smoking, checking gum or eating during your interview.


Follow general interview tips for your phone interview as well. Prepare in advance, research the company, have your questions ready and send a thank you note.


For full interview tips, you can find under: A Recruiters Ultimate Interview Tips

All views are my own and are not reflective of any organization I am a part of

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