How to succeed in your phone interview…


Over the phone interviews…

So, you at last been contacted about your dream job. Your potential employer has advanced you to the next rung on your ladder of (job hunting) success!

But…are you prepared for this “new age” way of conducting the interview…over the phone.

Here's some really great tips to make sure you have and give the best interview experience possible.


The usual reason for this relatively new practice is simply time and convenience for both parties… the interviewer and you.

Also and probably the most important reason –

This type of interview is used to determine whether you will be invited into the company for a formal interview with company personnel.

This can also be used (of course), to interview people who live interstate and overseas who wish to be considered for the position.

Most interviews of this type only go for between 20 to 30 minutes, so you need to be well prepared, ready to go and on the ball.

Be prepared…!!

So, here’s what you must do to prepare:-

  1. Treat the interview seriously –  just like a face to face.
  2. Have your resume in front of you.
  3. Have your cheat sheet in front of you with:-
  • Questions they may ask and your answers
  • Your achievements, in response to their questions
  • Your questions about the company and the job
  • Your salary expectations etc.
  1.   Make sure your phone is working well.
  2.   Prepare. Get properly dressed. Look and feel the part.
  3.   Stand up or sit it up straight at your desk.
  4.   Insist on privacy. No distractions by house members, computers, emails, other phones.

Just because it's a phone interview and may feel less formal… It isn't!

It's the real deal…

Just done slightly differently!

Some helpful hints…

So, for the face to face interview:-

  1. Be prepared.
  2. Do your research.
  3. Study your job description.
  4. Practice your responses to the questions you think they'll ask.
  5. Have any relevant documents and certificates on hand.
  6. Write notes during the interview to refer back to when you are asked.
  7. Are there certain questions you need answered to clarify the job description, its responsibilities etc.
  8. Again stand up and be in the moment!

Phone interviews can be tricky! Be a good listener…

Because you cannot read the “ visible”, body language signs as per a normal interview, you need to listen to the interviewer’s “ tonality”.

This will give you obvious hints about the progress and success of the interview.

It's always important to be a good listener.

It's obvious but this is even more important during your phone interview.

Remember… Everything you say will be judged!


But, what if you are over-qualified??

When times are tough and you're unemployed and pretty much stressed to the maximum, you, like many others, will apply for jobs that by conventional standards you are over qualified.

So, does this mean you will be unsuccessful if you're lucky enough to have an interview?

Not if you handle it correctly!

Nearly all HR consultants agree that they never find the 100 percent perfect candidate.

The applicant is either overqualified or under qualified.

If you're lucky, you may find your prospective employer is pleased with your wealth of knowledge, your skills and experience.

It has been said that clever managers employ (surround) themselves with people who know what they don't know!

So it's better for you to take the objection of over qualification and hold it up early in the interview and encounter any of the negative suggestions by effective and relevant responses.

Many HR managers will worry this position they offering you won’t stimulate you enough to keep you motivated.

So since you can't really argue that the job will stretch you, try a different approach by saying:

“I can never be over qualified in my enthusiasm, my thirst for knowledge and to improve and mentor others”.

After all, you are selling you…not your skills.

They might also their concerns that you, as an overqualified candidate, may always be looking for further opportunities.

A great counter to this is, you can offer examples of how you found opportunities for professional growth in previous positions you held for considerable lengths of time.

But, what future do you see for yourself with our company?

Here, you must talk as if you and your prospective employer are business partners.

You are excited about the company, its future growth and the great opportunities it will bring for a long time into the future.

But, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Here you must portray yourself as ambitious, but also realistic about your prospects.

You need to let your interviewer know you have the talent to make the most of every professional opportunity and to be confident that in 5 years time, history will show you have notched up some substantial achievements for the company.

And there it is…in the bag…you hope!

You've come this far, it's only a “wait and see” game now.

Take these tips to heart and you will be on your way to succeeding in getting the job of your dreams.

Good luck.



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