How to crack your telephonic job interview
The telephonic interview is not a new concept but COVID-19 accelerated this trend as neither employers nor candidates were available for in-person interviews. Here are a few of the tips to help you ace your telephonic interview like a pro.
The telephonic interview is not a new concept; large companies usually conducted the initial rounds over the phone to save the candidate’s time and effort. This telephonic trend accelerated during COVID-19 when neither employers nor candidates were available for in-person interviews.
Once you have ignited the interviewer’s interest, it is time to put forth your best effort to get through the telephonic interview round. The interviewer’s primary goal is to narrow the list down and eliminate candidates who are unsuitable for the job. Here are a few of the tips to help you ace your telephonic interview like a pro.
If you are notified of the interview ahead of time, make sure you choose a location that is free of noise and distractions. You will be distracted by sound and will be unable to concentrate on the interview. To improve your voice, wear a headset. Make sure you have a good internet connection if your interview is via Skype, Zoom, or another similar service.
Research about the company
Before any interview, conduct extensive research on the company for which you have applied. You should be familiar with the company’s vision, mission, goals, and products. Don’t forget to research the position you’ve applied for.
Practice as much as possible
This applies to any type of interview, whether it is telephonic or personal. Practice as many basic questions as you can. Certain basic questions are asked in all types of interviews, such as “tell me about yourself,” “your family background,” “educational qualifications,” “strengths and weaknesses,” and “hobbies,” among others. Read about the latest news, current events, and job-related questions.
Have a pen, paper, and resume on hand
Before the interview, pull out your resume and keep it nearby so you can respond. Keep a pen and paper nearby to jot down important points.
Speak clearly and concisely
When answering the interviewer’s questions, try to speak clearly so that the interviewer understands what you’re trying to say. Speak confidently and passionately Also, avoid using long sentences and instead speak in a concise manner. And convey your enthusiasm for the position.
Whenever you are giving a telephonic interview, pay close attention to your interviewer. Don’t rush and don’t interrupt him/her in the middle. Allow him time to speak and, if necessary, pause for a few moments before answering the question. Try to listen, comprehend, and then speak.
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