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10 guidelines for phone screening Interviews

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

Phone screening can feel pretty informal and you need to be prepared like you would for a formal phone interview. Even though phone screens can be quite short and cover just the basics, be as ready as possible. Having your pitch and salary expectations ready to go at all times will get you most of the way.

Here are some tips to help you do well in phone interviews:

  1. Prepare: One thing employers evaluate before they extend an offer is your likelihood of accepting it. And a good way to show that you’re likely to accept is to show interest in the company. Do your research about the company and the role you have applied for. Review your resume and the job description thoroughly. Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer.

  2. Common Interview Questions: You need to really prepare for common interview questions and practice how to answer them out loud. If you can find someone to do a mock interview with you and give you some feedback on where you could’ve been stronger.

  3. Don't memorize: Don’t try to memorize your answers—you don’t want to sound robotic. You need to prepare for each interview, not just interviews in general.

  4. Functional Assessment: Failing the functional screen usually means automatic rejection. Assess your ability to do the job. Certain job/industry terminologies are a must for the job role.

  5. Find a quiet and comfortable space: Make sure you're in a quiet and comfortable space where you won't be interrupted or distracted during the interview.

  6. Test your technology: Check your phone connection, volume, and clarity. If possible, use a headset or earphones to improve the sound quality.

  7. Speak clearly and confidently: Enunciate your words clearly, and speak in a confident, upbeat tone. Remember to breathe, pause, and take your time to answer questions.

  8. Be engaged: Listen carefully to the interviewer and show that you're engaged in the conversation. Use verbal cues like "yes" and "I see" to show you're actively listening.

  9. Highlight your skills and experience: Be prepared to talk about your skills and experience, and give specific examples of how you have used them in previous jobs or projects.

  10. Close the interview: Thank the interviewer for their time and express your interest in the position. Ask about the next steps in the hiring process.

Remember that phone interviews are just as important as in-person interviews, so be prepared, confident, and engaged. Good luck!

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