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Telephone Interview Tips

Many companies today rely on telephone interviews to recruit and hire.

Preparing for the Call

  • Research the company for pertinent information.
  • Prepare questions about the position.
  • Decide how to approach the salary question with your recruiter.
  • Keep your resume and a list of your previous accomplishments in front of you.
  • Display the company website on your computer screen for quick access.
  • Be prompt and make sure you are alone in a quiet room at your home or office.

Getting Things Started

  • Be enthusiastic and polite.
  • Speak distinctly and with confidence.
  • Establish rapport with the caller.

During the Call

  • Know your resume thoroughly and share its information.
  • Explain your entire background clearly and succinctly.
  • Anticipate what questions you might be asked.
  • Identify accomplishments.
  • Clarify how you resolved problems.
  • Quantify your accomplishments.
  • Explain the reasons for changes in your career.

Concluding the Call

  • State your interest in the opportunity.
  • Thank the caller for his or her time.
  • Inquire about the next step in the process.
  • Confirm name, title, and address of interviewer.
  • Send a thank you note promptly.