Telephone interviews are an increasingly popular way of companies pre-screening candidates in a low-cost, time saving way. Don’t be fooled though, they’re still an important part of the interview process and still require thorough preparation. Quite often, telephone interviews can be more intense in terms of the questioning style. More often than not, in face-to-face interviews, the situation develops into a friendlier conversation style, however, the telephone interview doesn’t allow the body language and contact to enable you to do that. Instead, you will find it more of a quick-fire questioning technique.


Here are our top tips to make it through the telephone interview process:

  • Treat it like a face-to-face interview – sit in a chair, in a quiet place without any distractions
  • Be positive and smile – this will resonate in your voice and make you more confident
  • Remain professional – this will be their first impression of you, so make it count and get through to the next stage of the interview process
  • Preparation – this is key, you need to prepare as you would for a face-to-face interview. Have any notes you’ve made, as well as your CV to hand, to help if you get stuck. Remember not to read from your notes, this conversation needs to flow as it would if you were meeting the interviewer face-to-face
  • Ensure your phone is in signal and you’re ready to answer at the agreed time

Good luck with your telephone interview!

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