Today, employers have a higher volume of qualified job applicants to sift through, and it’s not uncommon for them to use preliminary phone interviews to thin the job seeker pool. While job candidates may prefer an in-person interview, a phone interview can’t be avoided. It’s best you know how to handle yourself over the phone and what to expect from the person on the other side of the line. If you can anticipate interview questions and set the right tone of voice, you can make a real impact on your potential employer.
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Why Employers Use Phone Interviews
During the phone interview process, employers screen candidates for a number of reasons that may ultimately take them out of the candidate race. (click to tweet) It’s an effective method that saves time and resources. Generally, they are:
Checking for availability. Employers want to know how soon you can be available. A job candidate who suggests to schedule a phone interview more than a week out seems disinterested in the job and the company. Mostly, an employer wants to know how flexible your schedule is. For candidates having to relocate, a phone interview should give an employer a realistic timeframe.
Finding out your expectations. Employees and employers should be on board at every level, especially when discussing salary. As a job seeker, you don’t want to sell yourself short or too high. Deciding on a fair or reasonable figure can be frustrating when an employer doesn’t provide or offer a range but wants to know your expectations.
Analyzing qualifications. Along with clearing up any questions regarding your resume, an employer will use a phone interview to begin probing about your skills and experience. They want to know that the job seeker understands the job they are applying for and have the qualifications necessary to perform the job.
7 Tips to Prepare for Your Phone Interview
The ultimate goal of any phone interview is to land an in-person interview. (click to tweet) With only your voice to lead the way, you’ll want to be prepared for any curveball that might be thrown your way before and after the phone interview takes place.
Schedule appropriately. Make sure you are devoting your full attention to a phone interview. If you haven’t been called out of the blue for a phone interview, then you’ll likely have time to schedule one. That means scheduling when distractions are minimal as you might not get another opportunity to express yourself.
Smile through the phone. It may feel awkward at first, but keeping a smile on your face will show on the other end of the line. A smile translates to a positive and interested tone that your potential employer will notice and appreciate.
Have the necessary documentation ready to go. If you rely on digital profiles and web portfolios like LinkedIn, make sure to provide your potential employer with a link. This can be done through email prior to the interview. During the interview, you’ll want to have a copy of the job description and any documentation you submitted for the position. Having information about the company in general may also be a wise idea.
Focus on your communication skills. Language and tone of voice will have a significant impact on the quality of your interview. Remember to speak clearly and be positive to make a good impression. You can practice your pace and tone in front of a mirror.
Consider your answers before responding. Responding with a “yes” and “no” to questions on a phone interview is a rookie mistake, especially for questions that are intended to be open-ended. Research common interview questions and formulate a response days before your planned phone interview. Make sure you can recite them in a way that sounds genuine. Try painting a picture of an experience you’ve had or time you’ve had to use your own skills and qualifications to address a work situation.
Some common interview questions or inquiries you may encounter in a phone or in-person interview include:
- Tell me a little about yourself.
- What type of experience do you have regarding…
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What is you desired salary?
Don’t hang up too quickly. Before you hang up, ask about the next step in the interview process as well as contact information or an expected follow-up date. You should sound hopeful and excited when expressing your interest in a follow-up, even if you think the interview didn’t go as expected.
Follow-Up with a thank you note. Whether you had a successful phone interview or you felt you could’ve done better, follow-up with a thank you email or letter. Use this courteous act as a means of reiterating your strengths and qualifications.
NP PA Recruiters Gets You the Interviews That Matter
NP PA Recruiters has access to a comprehensive network of employers in the medical field and a substantial list of qualified personnel looking to get their foot in the door. We find only the best matches to schedule an interview for temporary or permanent employment. Give us a call at our Rio Grande Valley location or reach us at our Dallas office at 214-351-3880 to learn more about our employment process.