Dialing in: How to Ace Your Phone Interview

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Phone interviews can be tricky because you can’t observe your interviewer’s nonverbal cues and body language. This makes it even more difficult to gauge how terrifically or inadequately you’re doing. To ensure that you leave a promising impression, here are ways to convey your earnestness during your phone interview:

Sound Confident and Enthusiastic

Besides your resume, your voice represents you. Be conscious of your tone of voice and speak clearly. Although you may feel nervous, refrain from using “um” or “ah” as fillers during silences. Take your time when answering questions and avoid rambling or trailing off at the end of your responses. By being mindful of these tips, you will show your interviewer that you have satisfactory communication skills.

Research the Company

One of the inevitable interview questions is, “Why do you want to work/intern for us?” If you have no idea what the company is about or what they do, then your answer may sound uninformed and insincere. Make sure you know enough about the company to show your interviewer that you care and are serious about obtaining the job/internship.

Prepare Your Answers Beforehand

There are interview questions that employers often reuse because they reveal a person’s character and personality. Sometimes interviewers may ask you to tell them about yourself. You can elaborate about your personal goals or interests that are relevant to the position. Other common interview questions pertain to your strengths, weaknesses, and qualifications.

Ask Questions

This is your chance to learn more about the company and demonstrate your genuine interest. Not only will you have a better understanding of what your prospective employer expects, but you’ll learn about the work environment and your potential colleagues. 

Follow Up With a “Thank You” Email or Note

Depending on when you’ll receive the employer’s final decision, you can either opt to snail mail a thank you note or send an email. It can say something as simple as, “Thank you for considering me for this job/internship position. I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you soon.” This gesture will increase the likelihood that he or she will remember you.


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