You’ve put immense thought in building an efficient resume and guess what, it caught the eye of your targeted employer.
Although this calls for some celebration, but you need to confine your excitement because the scrutiny has just begun.
So, what’s next?
Yes, you answered it right-the telephonic interview!
Your selection for the next set of rounds depends on how efficiently you ace this one. However, there are certain subtleties which make all the difference between making it to the interview room and heading back to applying again.
Make Sure You’ve Done Ample Research At Your End
Whether the interview is in person or over a phone call, studying about the company and your potential employer will surely pay-off.
It goes as a part of pre-interview research for you to check the company’s website and various social media platforms it is active on.
You should also be familiar with the job profile and the responsibilities associated with it. This will help you to answer how you can be the right fit for the role.
Use Your Landline Phone and Avoid Noise- If possible!
Any distractions during the interview might prove to be fatal interruptions. Make sure that you’re well rested, in a quiet place, to avert coming across as an unprofessional candidate.
Keep Some Handy Notes By Your Side
One of the major benefits of a phone interview is that your potential recruiter can’t see you. So why not use it for your own advantage!
You can have notes, your resume and job description next to you, to be more accurate and to make your answers substantial. These will work as perfect reference tools.
Short Responses Would Definitely Work
Obviously, a phone interview would make it impossible for you to pick up on the interviewer’s non-verbal cues. This would make you go prattling on even in the shortest of gaps. Avoid this by keeping your answers short and crisp. Keep them under two minutes and wait for his or her response or a follow-up question.
Breathe and Speak Clearly
Since the only communication you can carry out with the hiring manager at this stage is through the call, make sure whatever you say is expressed clearly. Being a bit slow while answering might help in this regard. Your voice has to be engaged and enthusiastic, so don’t ramble and exhaust yourself. Take a moment to gather your thoughts and speak like a professional.
And Last, but not the least…
Considering that you’ll have other interviews as well, taking notes is a good idea. Jot down the key points to review yourself and start working on the pitfalls you may have stumbled in so you’ll be better prepared for your next phone interview.
It’s not the last one, just do your best.Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global employment market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the globe. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.