How to Handle Telephonic Interviews
We live in a world of growth and progress, and a good career has since long been known as a great conveyor of an individual’s growth. With job opportunities increasing all over the world, these opportunities are no longer restricted by either political or geographical boundaries. Many of the companies and organizations today conduct telephonic interviews to short-list several candidates before they can call them for a face-to-face interview.
In many ways, one can argue that a telephonic interview has several advantages over a regular face-to-face for both the candidate as well as the employer. The biggest argument being the typically shorter length of the interview and convenience offered to both the interviewer and the candidate.
Some of the other important advantages of a telephonic interview for the candidate include remaining unseen, using a ‘cheat sheet' and cue cards as well as having access to the Internet. Here’s how you can ace your telephonic interview with these 10 simple tips:
1. Choose a quiet and comfortable spot
In almost every telephonic interview, you are told well in advance about your telephonic interview, giving you ample time to find a quiet and comfortable place to give your interview with complete concentration. Even if you can’t find such a place in your house, you might as well create it! You may choose your study room or bedroom; just ensure that the TV and radio noises don’t reach you. Also make sure that kids, if any, are away from your room.
2. Keep all your documents handy
Be ready with your resume/CV hard copy and the cover letter and keep it handy. Also, always have a pen and paper by your side to take down notes as and when you need to. You might even keep your laptop on and working nearby, just in case you need to access the Internet. However, be sure to be discreet; do not hammer away from the keyboard of your laptop or computer.
3. Prepare a cheat sheet
You can prepare a list of expected questions and put them on a sheet of paper in advance. Also, put a note of anything else that may help you to answer well and keep your confidence up. After all, confidence is incredibly important.
4. Get yourself in a positive frame of mind
While confidence is important, so is staying positive! The advice that follows might seem a bit strange, but smile! Indeed, you aren’t visible to the interviewer, but he/she does sense your confidence and enthusiasm! If you feel lively and reflect high self-esteem, it will show over the phone. Do what works best for you, but just make sure you sport a positive frame of mind during your interview.
5. Do your homework
You must have already visited the company’s portal online while preparing your cover letter. However, if you aren’t acquainted well with what the organization’s main function is, now is the time to educate yourself. Refer to the company’s online resources and brush up your knowledge. Also, if you are aware of the interviewer’s name, knowing a bit of about them wouldn’t hurt.
6. Treat the telephonic interview as you would a face-to-face interview
You may find it difficult taking a telephonic interview as seriously as you would a face-to-face interview, but that shouldn’t be the case. Just make sure you are devoted and determined to crack the interview.
7. Be inquisitive; ask intelligent questions
Once you are done with the interview, you will be asked by your interviewer if you have any questions that come to your mind. This is the chance to showcase your proactiveness and intelligence. Ask questions regarding your potential role in the company and express your earnestness towards the role.
8. Refrain from bringing up the salary
A telephonic interview is too early a stage to bring up things like salary and perks. As this stage, the company is having an ongoing assessment of you and your suitability for the role. As salary discussions typically take place only in the final few stages of the entire hiring process, you wouldn’t want to come up as impatient asking about the salary so soon. Now, would you?
9. Ask whether the interviewer has any more questions
You must also ask the interviewer if he/she is left remaining with any questions. Not only is this a good way to proceed to the next round, but it also shows your eagerness for the role. Also, asking whether or not they have any questions left will give him/her a chance to refer the questions list and make sure nothing is left out.
10. Show gratitude; say thank you
After every interview, telephonic or face-to-face, do not forget to thank the interviewer. Even if the interview went badly, acknowledge the opportunity they gave you and show gratitude for the same. Some experts say that courtesy leaves a lasting impression. You never know, they might give you another chance!
A career holds great importance in one’s life; it sure must do in yours too. That is exactly why you should leave no stone unturned and prepare best for your telephonic interviews. The above-mentioned tips will ensure that you can prepare well and are equipped with everything you would need to crack the interview.
All the best!