Telephonic Job Interview Tips

A telephonic interview is important for selecting efficient job-seekers and driving them towards the location of the employer for attending an interview in-person. Your preparation and your voice are your best assets for attending an interview in person.

You may get a unique opportunity for attending a telephonic interview, but they often bring a few surprises when you communicate over the phone. Preparing yourself in advance is often the key to your success.

It’s often hard to begin preparing for an interview till the time you actually expect it to happen. At the same time, it’s hard to sit back and wait for the unknown. Your goal needs to be accomplished by selling the knowledge you’ve acquired through a proper utilization of your skills over a period of time. The experience that you gather over time comes in handy while facing interviews.

1. Know if it’s possible for you to take the call as it comes.

Scheduling an interview call is only possible when you have the time to lay your focus on it. You must find a quiet place wherein you’ll feel comfortable and you won’t have anyone else to interrupt your work. There are times when you may even find it tough to schedule your call. Inquire if it’s possible for you to get the call scheduled a little later when you’ve dripped out of the shower or when you’re driving your kids to school. The interviewer needs to be felt inside out. You must try your best to persuade him in scheduling the interview for another time as it might just be hard for you to get another opportunity.

2. Get things documented and keep it at your fingertips.

You won’t be fumbling about the job you’re interested in when you’re confident about it. You’ll be more confident when you have access to quality information pertaining to your job and your chosen company. Prior to the beginning of your interview, you must keep copies of your application and resume alongside your job description. 

3. Identify all common questions and prepare their answers.

A telephonic interview won’t end successfully if it’s close-ended. You can’t hope to turn it in a positive direction by choosing answers in “yes” and “no”. In order to prepare yourself for the unknown interview questions, you must practice answering the usual questions. You may have contributed much towards achieving certain results. Such outcomes can be demonstrated more effectively by using words for painting visual pictures. One ended answers are those that explain where, when, how, what, why and who. By the time you appear for any interview, you’ll be more prepared if you start practicing from now on. You may prove your worthy by standing out.

4. Smile as you talk over the phone!

While talking over the phone, you must check out your facial expressions by placing a mirror in front of you. This way you’ll always remember to smile while getting your point across to the person on the other side. You’re bound to feel more engaged and seem more upbeat when you try this out. You’ll end up leaving a positive impression on the interviewer when he hears your smiles.

5. Drive your interviewer towards your LinkedIn profile or web portfolio if possible.

You may be facing a number of challenges while gathering experience over a certain platform. You may need to describe such challenges to your interviewer. You must know if your interviewer is able to use online connectivity. If he has, you may invite him to read through your LinkedIn profile or your online portfolio. By including these pages on your resume, you can simply make him click through the highlights of your projects. A very effective graph depicting your achievements and an idea of your main projects that can be shared publicly may be shown to your interviewer.

Showing your achievements and filling out your LinkedIn profile are important while developing your web portfolio. These are some of the best reasons for conducting telephonic interviews. During the course of your conversation, the interviewer will understand your value very easily.

6. Lay stress on your voice and language.

Whenever you’re talking over the phone, your voice tends to be the most powerful asset that you can use. Using positive language, staying upbeat and maintaining voice clarity will give you an edge. It will help you more when you smile a bit while speaking. Just don’t let anyone to get trashed. Choice of words and modulation of tone is the key to capturing the mind of person on the other side. In order to stay positive, you may place a mirror in front of you and try out voice modulation. This in turn will increase the level of enthusiasm.

7. Don’t ask selfish questions during an interview.

During the interview, a job seeker shouldn’t discuss issues concerning salary or other benefits. Till the time you’re selected as the key applicant, you may consider the initial rounds as an opportunity to sell your skills. Apart from being good, you must also prove that you have what the company actually needs to get past its challenges.

8. Hang up only after knowing the next step.

In case the interviewer is showing no signs in following up the initial round, you must show your enthusiasm. Inquire about the next step and the time when you may follow up with him. Seek your interviewer’s contact information (email address, phone number and name).

9. Thank the interviewer in writing.

You may have attended a telephonic interview, but you may express certain courtesies that are powerful and yet simple. If the interviewer hasn’t conducted the entire interview over phone, then you can send an email expressing your gratitude. Try to reiterate the value and strengths associated with the position.


Your telephonic interview is likely to conclude successfully once you follow the steps mentioned above. Don’t leave your opportunities to destiny. It’s high time you taste success!

06 Oct 2016