10 tips for cracking telephonic interviews

August 29, 2017

Does the idea of giving an interview in pajamas tempt you?

While the idea may seem fascinating, it actually may not benefit you.

The way you dress is the way you feel. Dressing up for a telephonic interview can improve your performance, and make you sound professional and sincere.

Often, a telephonic interview is taken very casually by job applicants. It is treated like a normal conversation that can be done while lying down in bed. But, should telephonic interviews be taken so lightly?

A telephonic interview may seem to be a very easy process, but surprisingly, many job applicants fail to clear this round.

Recruiters normally take a telephonic interview first so that they can shortlist the best for the face-to-face round. Since they cannot see you, recruiters judge you on the basis of how fluently you communicate, your tonal voice, and how prompt you are when you speak in a given scenario.

Practice and preparation are the two things that can help you get successful in a telephonic interview. Here are 10 tips that you should remember for cracking telephonic interviews:

  1. Be available

This is the first thing that you have to keep in mind while you are scheduling a telephonic interview. Choose a convenient time and a day when you are sure that you will be able to answer the call. On the scheduled day and time, be available and keep your phone handy. Also make sure that your phone is adequately charged. You would not want to run out of battery in the middle of the call.

An unanswered call can leave a very negative impression about you, many a times resulting in losing out the opportunity. On Interviewfox.com you get to initiate the pre-screening interview at your convenient time, thereby eliminating the risk of missing a scheduled call.

  1. Choose a place without distractions

An interview is a very important part of the hiring process, be it in person or via telephone. Ensure that you are in a place where there will be no distractions or disruptions in the interview process.

If you are at home with your family or pets, lock yourself in a room during the interview process.

In case you are outside, make sure there are no background noises like chattering of people, sound of machinery, strong winds or even rain that can prove to be a hindrance.

  1. Be optimistic and smile

You will not be seen by your interviewer, but your smile will definitely reach out to him/her. Be it a smile or a grimace, it will always reflect in your voice as you speak. Smiling over the phone is said to create a positive image. At the same time, it gives out your impression as a professional and confident person.

  1. Speak clearly

Your interviewer is probably speaking to you for the first time, and will not be acquainted with the way you speak or the speed at which you talk. If you are a person who speaks very quickly, make sure you slow down in a telephonic interview.

Remember that your body language cannot be read via telephone, so what you say is what will be considered. The responses you give must be clear, detailed and minus hesitation.

Do not answer questions with just a yes or a no.

People from different regions or countries have different way of speaking. You have to make sure that you are comprehendible over the phone.

  1. Keep your language and tone professional

A telephonic interview is a professional call and so, your language should also be kept professional. Do not start your conversation with ‘Hey’, ‘yo’ or ‘what’s up’!

Your first impression has to make a mark in the mind of the recruiter. Keeping a professional tone is appealing, and it will convey your seriousness as a potential candidate for the job position.

Refrain from any casual or careless talk.

Keeping your language professional does not mean that you have to use big or heavy words. Say what you have to say in simple but clear words. And definitely avoid words whose meanings you do not know.

  1. Be attentive

Just like you have to speak clearly, it is also very important to listen keenly. Pay attention to what you are being asked, and then respond.

Do not prompt in between when your interviewer is speaking or has taken a pause.

Do not rush with your answer, take a few moments to decide what you are going to say and then speak.

  1. Keep calm and be patient

For many people, the thought of an interview process is a very tense and stressful matter. However, if you want to fare well, you have to be calm during the process.

Make yourself free at least 30-45 minutes before the scheduled time, so that your mind is calm and relaxed. This also makes sure that you can focus well when giving the interview.

When you are relaxed, you will understand the questions that are asked more diligently and in return give proper and better answers. Remember that an interview is also a skill test, where recruiters check your ability to react when under pressure.

  1. Keep certain things handy

There are some interviews where you may be provided with some data and you have to come up with a solution. Be prepared beforehand for such situations so that during the interview, you do not have to keep the interviewer waiting while you keep looking for things.

A pen and a paper is a must. Even if there is no written work involved, you can note down any important point that comes up during the interview process. It is better to keep your laptop handy too in case of any requirement.

Keep a glass/bottle of water with you in case of a parched throat or sudden hiccups or choking.

  1. Be honest

It goes without saying that you must be honest with the information that you provide about yourself and the answers that you give. Portraying yourself as someone that you are not really will never help in the long run.

"Don’t simply tell recruiters what you think they want to hear."

It is also not a good option to pass on the questions to your friends beside you and take their help for answers that you are meant to give.

  1. End well

Once the interview process is over, acknowledge the interviewer for giving you his/her time. Be polite even if you think your interviewer was harsh or rude with you. Also enquire what the next step would be and you can note it down, so that you do not forget later.

You can also request for a face-to-face interview at this point.

This will show your eagerness and enthusiasm in what you are doing. Your interviewer will not be able to see you in a telephonic interview, so this enthusiasm will be the way he/she will understand your interest in the job role.

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