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Tips for Success on a Phone Interview

When you are involved in a job search, you may be offered a phone interview by a company who is considering hiring you. Phone interviews are often the first step in the screening process, and they are often used by companies to weed out people who aren’t a good fit and to identify candidates who are qualified to move on to the next step in the process.

Doing a good job on your phone interview is key to moving forward and potentially getting hired for your dream position. Phone interviews differ from in-person interviews in important ways, and it is essential you are prepared and ready to wow the interviewer when you are on your call. To maximize the chances your phone interview will be a success:

  • Set aside time to take the call. Be sure you are in a quiet place where you can fully concentrate on talking to the interviewer. If you are on a cell phone, be sure you have a great connection. If you’re on a landline, make sure you are able to answer the phone at the appointed time and there is no noise in the background. You want to give the call your full attention at all times.
  • Practice answers to common questions. Be ready to provide good answers to some of the questions you are most likely to be asked. Be as specific as you can in showing off your skills. Having documents at your fingertips with specific details on your past career successes can be helpful in coming up with great answers. 
  • Smile while you’re talking. While the person on the other end of the line cannot see you, most people actually sound more engaged and upbeat when they are smiling.

If you’re involved in a job search in Dallas, Fort Worth, or surrounding areas, High Profile can help you get phone interviews, in-person interviews and opportunities with top companies in the area. Give our staffing service a call today at 972-991-7900 or contact us online to find out how we can help you find your next job.