If you ask anyone who just had a phone interview how it went, you will probably get a reply something along this line. “….it was not too bad but I am not too sure…I should have…”
Phone interviews are a tricky business and you can never be totally prepared. For one, the interviewer will always give you a time range in which they will call you and logically speaking, are you really going to be sitting in one spot waiting for their call?
Even if you somehow managed to glue yourself to a spot, chances are that you might be playing the famous mental game called “best ways to live like a millionaire” when the all-important call comes in and then you struggle against time to get yourself composed before the next ring from your phone.
Although there are many blogs and articles available online providing tips on how to do well in a phone interview, it does no harm knowing more. So here are 2 tips which could be beneficial to you.
Tip 1: Be mentally prepared – Run the interview in your mind step by step
• Introduction: Work on the basic things like your greeting when you receive the call, simple responses to ice breakers or leading questions to ask to help facilitate the conversation.
• Body: Identify 3 to 4 important pieces of information about yourself which you would like to share with the interviewer that are related to the job but are not in your resume.
• Conclusion: Prepare a subtle “Thank you and please invite me” speech to end the interview.
Tip 2: Document the strategic mental plan – Leverage on the fact that the interviewers will not be able to see you
• Make sure you list down all the key words you would like to mention during the interview and categorize them accordingly. Highlight them if you have to.
• Research and create resources that may assist you for the interview and place them before you or ensure they are easily accessible if required during the interview.
The next time you have a phone interview, consider these additional steps. Once the interview is done and you have managed to say the essentials on your list, then you know you have done the best you could.
Raj Sidhu, Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Career Counsellor