Interviewing for a new job is always stressful. It can bring up feelings of anxiety and make you feel overwhelmed. While typically this interview process is held in person, some will do interviews over the phone as well. Below are some tips to make sure you master your next phone interview.
Rise and Shine
Wake up early so that you are awake and alert for the interview. It will also give you time to prepare and have something to eat before you begin. It can also help to stand up during your phone interview, this will help the tone of your voice sound stronger and give off the impression of readiness and preparedness. Don’t forget to smile, although they can’t see it, they will be able to hear it in your voice.
Eliminate All Distractions
Even though the person on the other line won’t be able to see you, it is important that you are focused. Be sure to take your call in a place that has little to no distractions. Be sure there is no computer unless you need it for the call, or television. You don’t want to be wrapped up in looking at screens while trying to focus on your call.
During your phone interview, you should have a pen and paper handy. Make sure to jot down the name of the person who is interviewing you. This is extremely important when you have many different people on the call. Be sure to use their names if possible when you are answering questions. You want to make sure that they feel like they are the most important thing at the moment.
Be Professional When Handling Stress
If stressful situations arise during your phone interview, for example, your dog starts to bark or someone is at your door, stay calm. Quickly put yourself on mute, or if you need a moment, politely ask for a moment. You could even apologize and say I’m so sorry may I put you on hold for one moment. Apologize again when you return and go on with the interview. Just because the person on the other line won’t be able to see you, that does not mean you should not be fully prepared. Keep these tips handy for the next time you have a phone interview.