Use these phone interview tips to help secure an in-person interview:
Do your Homework
There’s nothing wrong with getting the word out there about your job search by sending out resumes, but you many get calls from jobs you don’t know a lot about. If called for an interview, ask to set a later time to talk about the job after you’ve researched the company.
Take the call from home
If you have a land line, use it instead of your cell phone. Calling from home means you can have more control over your environment and can be more at ease and less likely to be interrupted by distractions. Your land line is also less likely to cut out while you are talking. Also, if you have pets or children, have a friend or family member help out while you are on the phone.
If you are using your cell phone to take the interview call be sure to disable the tone functionality to avoid distractions. You don’t want message notifications “dinging” while you’re trying to talk about your employment. Keep your mind on the call and never place your interviewer on hold to take another call!
Tip! Be sure when using a cell phone that you test your coverage to avoid any break up or conversations cutting in and out during the call. This will make you appear to be unprepared for the interview.
You may have done your homework, but can’t be up on everything. Start up your laptop, tablet or desk top computer before the call. Open the company’s website and a web browser so you can discreetly refer to your resources as a tool during the interview.
Time is of the essence
Make sure you have plenty of time for the call. Most interview calls are short, screening calls that lead to longer interviews, but if your hit the mark, it may go longer. We know everyone’s time is important, but using your lunch break for the call isn’t the best idea. Find a time a space to do the call so you are calm, feel confident and not hurried.
Thank them for the time
“Thank You” notes are your last chance to leave a positive impression on the interviewer. They may be making many calls to prospects at this point, so send them something so that you are top of mind. An e-mail within a couple of hours after your call is your best bet. When working with your recruiter, a best practice is to email your “thank you” note to them directly with a request to pass along your appreciation to the client. This allows the recruiter to add their positive comments and continue to keep their voice behind your resume and in front of the client’s decision making process.
This is by no means all there is to do to prepare for the call. For more information about how to ace your phone interview, contact a HealthCare Scouts National Recruiting Manager for personal coaching.