We all know how dreadful interviews can be – whether they’re face to face or over the phone – however here at Kiwi Recruitment in Chichester we have the best advice to help you through a phone interview.
Of course, every industry is different, but our Top 3 Tips for acing a phone interview can be applied to any job role. A phone interview is normally employers’ way of shortening their candidate list before conducting any face to face interviews, thus saving money and time, but don’t let that discourage you! In some situations, if the role would require you to relocate then a phone interview may be the only way for the Company to get to know you better as a candidate so no face to face interviews will take place.
Tip #1 – Do your research!
Every company is different, so it is always good to do your research beforehand – look at what the company stands for and what their mission statement is. This will give you more of an idea as to what their vision for the company is as well as what they believe in. When searching for information about the employer, make sure to look at their products and services as well as what they get up to(if they have regular blogs/news etc.), it may give you an idea of what they are like as a team and if you will fit in. (All this information can also give you ideas on questions you can ask the interviewer too!)
Tip #2 – Take your time, make sure you’re prepared!
When the interviewer is asking you questions, don’t be afraid to take your time to make sure that you give them the best answer. Interviewers understand that sometimes you need your get your thoughts in order, especially if they are asking about a specific role that you previously had or a specific detail about your CV.
Having your CV in front of you is always a good idea, it will help you if they ask anything about your CV. Also have a notepad ready for you to make any notes necessary or jot down any questions you may have for the end of the interview. Remember to always be respectful and wait for your turn to talk, you don’t want the interviewer to feel like you’re talking over them!
Tip #3 – Always follow up
You may think this isn’t as important but always make sure to follow up after the interview to thank the company for your time. Writing an email is probably the best thing to do, it will also give you the chance to clarify anything that was missed in the interview – look at this as a chance to sell yourself following the interview.
And that’s it! Those are our top tips for acing a phone interview. If you’re currently looking for work make sure to check out our website for the latest roles here.