Many people see the phone interview as a simple screening, but in reality it may be your first and only chance to make a positive impression on the hiring manager or company as a whole. For this reason, it is important be prepared, engaged, and ready to ask questions throughout the entire interview.
While some phone interviews are weighted more heavily than others, never downplay any interview’s significance. The phone interview is the first step in the door and, for this reason, can be more important than the in-person interview. Without making a great first impression during the phone interview, the in-person interview may never take place.
To ensure a successful phone interview, the recruiters at Baker Tilly Search & Staffing recommend following these key steps:
- Find a quiet environment with strong cell reception
- Research the company and people you will be talking to
- Prepare a list of questions
- Avoid questions about money or benefits if this is the first step in the process
- Keep responses detailed, yet brief
- Ask questions that may arise throughout the interview, not just at the end
- Show your enthusiasm
- Dress professionally, like you would for an in-person interview
- Stand up when trying to make an important point
- Tailor your speed and approach to that of the person you’re talking to
- Follow up with a thank you email
- Close by showing excitement and asking what the next steps are
While a phone interview alone may not land you the job, making light of the situation may cost you the opportunity for a second in-person interview.
For more information on this topic, or to learn how Baker Tilly Search & Staffing recruiting specialists can help, contact our team.