So you have developed an awesome resume and cover letter that shows off your skills and talents on paper and you got the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter. As a result, you have just received an email inviting you to take part in a 15 to 20 minute telephone interview. You start to get a little nervous thinking ‘oh crap… now I actually have to really show myself!’.
Well, fear not!
This guide will show you how to prepare for the telephone interview.
Where In The Process Am I?
Note: This application process above provides an indication of what your application process may be like. Please visit your prospective employers website for their actual application process.
What is the Purpose of the Telephone Interview?
The telephone interview is a fantastic way for the employer to be able to quickly determine your potential suitability for the role. As the interview is conducted on the telephone, it is a much more efficient way of screening a large volume of candidates while still enabling you to demonstrate your interest and suitability for the role.
What Do I Need to Demonstrate In the Telephone Interview?
Typically, telephone interviews are designed to cover some key aspects, including:
- Your communication skills
- Your interest in the role and the Company
- Confirm information in your resume and cover letter
- Assess your competency for the role
How do I Prepare for the Telephone Interview?
One of the most important things about the telephone interview is your communication.
Communication is key.
When it comes to hiring graduates (particularly for graduate programs where employers are looking for the next generation of leadership talent) you need to demonstrate your strong communication skills. With the absence of being face-to-face and being able to see body-language, it is your articulation, choice of words and your tone that will determine how the recruiter perceives your communication ability.
One of the best ways of communicating more effectively is to be prepared!
1. Make sure you have researched the Company, the role, the industry and the application process that you will be going through. To help you get prepared, check out our guide for the graduate interview and make sure you subscribe to Gradrecruit to access your free Career Launch Toolkit.
2. You also need to know yourself. What experiences and skills can you bring to the table? Make sure you have thoroughly prepared examples of where you have demonstrated behaviours that the employer might be looking for, such as leadership, teamwork, innovation, drive for results and dealing with conflict.
3. Make sure you have scheduled a time for the telephone interview that works for you. It’s best if you’re in isolation (eg your study or bedroom) with no distractions.
4. Make sure you have all of your skills and experiences written down and have them with you for the telephone interview. This will enable you to quickly and easily refer to them during the telephone interview and help you answer each of the questions that come your way.
5. It’s also important to have your resume and cover letter printed and easily accessible so you can refer back to them. Often, the interviewer will want to confirm some aspects of your resume so having it handy will enable you to keep on the same page and communicate more effectively.
The interview is easy! Preparing is the hard part. If you’re fully prepared, I’m sure you will ace the telephone interview.
Get ready for the soon to be posted article on the Top 10 Tips & Tricks for Acing the Telephone Interview… it will be online shortly!
Here’s a sneak peak:
Hot Tip: When talking on the telephone, make sure you are dressed as you would for a face-to-face interview. Dressing appropriately will help you subconsciously get into ‘the zone’ and be in the right mental state for your interview. Doing a telephone interview in your dressing gown can be done and the recruiter won’t know, however it may prohibit you from feeling ready, committed and engaging on a professional level.
As always, the main thing for acing the telephone interview is to be prepared, be relaxed and be yourself.
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Have you checked out our other Career Launch Guides?
- How to Write a Resume
- How to Write a Cover Letter
- How to Prepare for an Interview
- How to Prepare for Psychometric Tests