When you’re closing in on your college graduation, you’ll be busy with lots of projects and fun senior-things. But you should also be looking for a job, applying for them, too. While you might not have too many interviews during your last semester, the ones you do have will probably be phone interviews. Phone interviews are actually my favorite, so today I wanted to give you five tips on what you should expect with phone interviews.
Phone interviews, they’re easy right?
Nope. Just because you’re not actually in the room with the interviewer does not give you permission to slack at this interview. In fact, you need to be more prepared for your phone interviews.
1. Dress for Success
As tacky as this first tip sounds, do not do this interview in your pajamas! Pajamas, as great as they are, are designed to be comfy. When we get comfortable we can get a little sloppy with our interviews. When I do phone interviews, I usually at least wear jeans, and then I’ll put a nice blouse or dress jacket on. They can’t see me, but the fact that I’m dressing up as if they could helps with the mindset of this being an important phone call.
2. Do Your Research Ahead of Time
If you were going to an in-person interview, you’d do your research ahead of time, right? You wouldn’t pull your phone out in the middle of that interview and begin googling things, right? With a phone interview, do the same. It’s better to be prepared and ready than it is to be caught off guard and having to be making things up on the fly.
3. Also, prepare your own questions
This really goes with number two, but at the end of every interview, they will ask you “so, do you have any questions?” I always like to have a few that I use for every interview, and based on my research ahead of time, I’ll do a few questions specific to the company.Got the phone interview blues? Here are 5 tips to help you rock your phone interview. Click To Tweet
4. Do a Test Run
As great as technology is, cell phones aren’t always the best way to do a phone call. If you have headphones or a microphone you can use with your phone, do a test run with a friend. The wired headphones that come with your iPhone? Those have a built in microphone that works pretty well. During your test run and during the actual phone interview, make sure you’re in a quiet area. No music, no loud pets (if you can help those), nothing.
5. Write Down Your Key Points
What are some of the biggest things you’ve done that make you qualified for this job? Write down some key talking points on a sticky note or on a copy of your resume. If anxiety or nerves are getting a hold of you, having notes can be something you can rely on while you speak.
But, there are a few things you should avoid.
1. Please, don’t play on your computer
Like I said before, technology is great, but don’t be on your computer while you’re on the phone. At my job now, I’m required to talk on the phone and work a computer at the same time. After four months of doing this every day, I still can’t efficiently do it – so if you’re trying it one time for your phone interview, it’s not going to work. Trust me.
2. No Loud Noises
Find a quiet space. It’s a pain to talk to someone on the phone when there is a lot of background noise. It also looks unprofessional in a phone interview, so whatever you can do, do your best to find a quiet spot.
Finally, the most important thing?
Take a deep breath. They wouldn’t have asked for an interview if you weren’t impressive on paper, so you’ve got this. Be smart, know your stuff, and you’ll be awesome!