3 Ways to Nail the Phone Interview

November 9, 2017

Career Advice

Phone interviews can be awkward. Without that prime face-to-face interaction, it’s hard to get a good read on someone’s personality and reactions. But the truth of the matter is, you’ll be hard pressed to land a job without landing a phone interview first. Here are some tips to keep in mind that can help you move on to the next round with flying colors.

  1. Keep it short and sweet.
    Remember that this is an introductory call. All they’ve seen is your resume and maybe your LinkedIn profile and a cover letter. It’s up to you to sum up you experiences in three to five minutes and really touch on the career highlights that are super relevant to this position. Don’t assume that the person on the other end of the line knows everything about you. But also, don’t ramble. Your goal is to simply get to the next round by proving you’re a worthy candidate.
  2. Get excited.
    Since you’re not face to face, you can’t show off your enthusiastic smile or handshake. Those feelings have to be expressed in your tone of voice and your word choices. Every interview–no matter how small–should end with you reiterating your interest in the position and asking what the next steps are. It shows that you want to stay in the game.
  3. Find the happy medium.
    Throughout the entire interview process, you should keep things as professional as possible. But don’t forget to add a little bit of personality–especially during something as “cold” as a phone interview. You can open the conversation by commenting on the weather or last night’s big team win. Or, if you’ve done a lot of research, you may know that you and the interviewer have something in common. Break the ice with that bit of information and the rest of the interview may go a lot more smoothly.

Image via Adam Rosenberg/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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