Your application has finally been shortlisted. Probably, the next step your potential employer will make is to schedule you for a phone interview. You might ask yourself, “Why did they just not invite me for a face-to-face interview?” For job interviews, some companies want to check their applicant’s ability to communicate before they ask them to personally come to their office for an interview. In order for you to succeed on the first stage of this application process, here are some tips you can apply:
1. Research about the company well
If you receive your phone interview schedule in advance, this is a good opportunity for you to research not only about the company but also the job description. By doing this, you can check if you meet all the requirements and know what the company is all about.
Search LinkedIn and Glassdoor if the company has a profile on these websites. You can learn what questions are usually asked during their interview, and you can decide if you want to push through with the company or not. In addition, you will look well-prepared should you decide to be interviewed.
2. Determine if you can commit to the schedule of the phone interview
In case the employer asks for your preferred schedule, you should schedule the call at a time when you can completely concentrate. Take this call in a quiet, comfortable, and uninterrupted place. Never take phone job interviews in your workplace. Your boss or your colleagues might interrupt you or worse overhear your conversation.
If you cannot choose the phone interview schedule, be honest if you are not available to take the schedule. If they do not want to reschedule, you have to make the necessary adjustments in order to present yourself well.
3. Prepare the necessary documents
It is a must that you are equipped with enough information about a company whenever you have Job Interviews. Thus, it will be better for you to have a copy of the details about the job on hand before your interview begins.
4. Jot down notes
Have a notebook with you during your phone interview so that you can easily write down important notes during and after the interview. However, your concentration should be fully in the interview. In job interviews, an interviewer can notice right away if you are out of focus.
During the interview, note the name and the position of the interviewer so that you can address the person properly. If those details were not given, you can ask. Moreover, you should write the requirements or tasks that you are asked to complete and the questions you failed to answer.