Tip to Master a Telephone Interview

Telephone interviews are often the second step in the interview process after being short listed.  Here are a few tips to help you get prepared for telephone interviews and get you select to move to the next stage – the in-person interview.

  1. Research Ahead of Time
  • Review the corporate website and job description
  • Prepare a list of questions that you may ask the interviewer
  1. Be Ready for the Call
  • Have your mobile charged and the phone line clear
  • Be seated in a quiet room with all distractions removed – tv, children, pets
  • Have a copy of your resume present
  • Have a pen and paper handy to make any notes
  1. Be Prepared for Interview Questions
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Know how to answer questions that they may ask you. Practice ahead of time!  Here are a few examples
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How do you handle pressure and stress? (be prepared to give examples)
  • Tell me about yourself? (achievements at school, work, education, hobbies)
  1. Speaking
  • Take a deep breath and speak slowly & clearly
  • Do not chew gum or eat
  • Allow the interview to finish each questions before answering, be careful not to interrupt
  1. Finishing the Call
  • Thank the interview by name for taking the time to call and interview with you
  • Ask what the next step is in the interview process
  • Send a thank you note or email to the interview letting them know that you are interested in being considered for the position.­

Please feel free to call or email our recruiters with any questions about interviewing.  We are happy to assist you.

Have a great interview!