Tackling a Telephone Interview

Today a telephone interview is a screening interview to rule out or verify whether the hiring manager thinks you’re the perfect candidate for an in-person meeting.

In the time of the COVID-19 outbreak working remotely from home, using Zoom and Microsoft Teams online to conduct meetings, and being interviewed via telephone were all common practices. Expect to see a rise in telephone interviews and Zoom meetings.

Dress in business clothes when you’re being interviewed on the phone. A study revealed that individuals who dress this way “could think faster on their feet and had more creative ideas.” These skills are coveted on the job.

A telephone screening is a way to determine if you’re the right fit for the company. Talk up your unique skills, abilities, and strengths. You should’ve researched the firm to uncover the hiring manager’s hidden pain in filling a need the business has. Give specific examples of how you think you can come up with a solution.

Smile when talking on the phone to convey energy and sound more upbeat. Remember that like with an in-person meeting you have the right to “interview the interviewer.” Ask questions. You can use the telephone chat to rule out or verify that this is the ideal company for you.

Today a video interview is more common. Up next tactics for a Zoom meeting.

Author: Christina Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the new book Working Assets: A Career Guide for Peers. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health.

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