Phone Interview Tips

A company will schedule a phone interview with a candidate when the candidate’s resume resonates with the hiring manager, and they are interested in knowing more about the candidate’s skills and recent experience.

The company’s goal during the phone interview is to screen the candidate on various levels, and avoid wasting time and overhead that goes into scheduling a personal interview. Your goal is to build upon the initial interest and make the company excited enough to invite you for a personal interview. These tips will help you in getting to the next step.

Phone Interview Tips: Ace The Phone Interview To Get A Personal Interview

  • Before the phone interview, go to the company’s website and get as much detail as possible about the company, their products and services, and anything else interesting about the company and their leadership. Not only will this information make you feel more confident during the interview, you will leave a positive impression by mentioning something that you learned about the company during the phone interview.
  • It is also helpful to learn who will be calling you and address them by name as if you were expecting their call and are enthusiastic about the phone interview.
  • Ensure that you are in a quiet place, without any distractions, where you will be able to give 100% of your attention to the phone conversation.
  • Keep a copy of your resume handy, keep a pen or pencil handy to take notes, and smile during the interview. Even though the interviewer cannot see your smile, it projects in your voice.
  • During the conversation, listen carefully, speak slowly and clearly. Do not sound rushed. Keep your answers short and concise. It’s better not to ramble long responses. If you get the feeling that the interviewer is expecting more, ask them if they want you to elaborate.

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Landing a job interview; it’s a big opportunity in your professional journey. After all the hard work of job search, resume submissions, and phone interviews, you are going to a face-to-face interview for an excellent position that you really want. Now the big question, what should you wear to the job interview?

What you wear to the interview will make the first big impression with the interviewer and the company that you will be joining in the near future. The reason you have been called for a personal interview is because the company likes your resume and background and wants to gauge your skills in detail, but also gauge your overall personality as well. For the hiring manager to feel that you are right for the job, you have to dress that part. Like it or not, the hiring manager does not know you personally, so they are relying on what you present as the basis for making up their mind. What you are wearing is a big part of your presentation.

According to some studies, it takes only a few seconds for someone to make a first impression, positive or negative, about you based on your appearance itself. You want to communicate a positive, friendly, confident, and well polished appearance. The company is looking to make a significant commitment in both time and money by hiring you. You don’t want to give them the wrong impression by not dressing up for the interview. Especially, because unlike most of the deciding factors that goes in an interview, this one is in your control.

Rule of thumb, dress to impress. I cannot stress this enough. Regardless of what the company dress code is, in my experience you are not going to be penalized for being overdressed. I have not heard of someone not getting a job because they were overdressed. You dress up not just for the way you look, but also how it makes you feel. You want to wear something that will make you feel confident, and if you are feeling confident, it will reflect in your verbal and nonverbal cues that you give out during the interview.

What to Wear to a Job Interview: Men
In my opinion, regardless of the company culture, men can never go wrong wearing a suit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s summer or winter, suck it up for a few hours. Wear something in dark and sober colors. Stay away from a loud and flashy appearance. You don’t want to take a lot of chances by experimenting, and wearing a dark colored suit with matching (polished) shoes is about taking a traditional and safe approach.

What to Wear to a Job Interview: Women
This same point applies to women. Whether it’s a pant or skirt suit, the outfit will portray confidence and professionalism. It’s easy to say that women have more choice in the matter, though. A simple blouse and bottom combination would work as well. Pants made of quality material, printed skirts, crisp button-downs and classic shoes are all options. Just be aware of the cut and material; you don’t want to appear too casual. Also, make sure there’s not a piece of the outfit that screams for attention over the others. You can be unique, but you’re taking a chance by being too loud.

Always make sure that you try out what you are going to wear a few days or weeks before the actual interview to make sure that everything still fits properly. This gives you time to find alternatives. If needed, get the outfit dry cleaned before the interview. Also, make sure your shoes are polished and match your suit.