Phone interviews are an important step toward your dream job.
Thus, you want to learn what their specifics are and how you can master them. Practice makes perfect. The more and intense you are probing, the better your get. Yet training alone is not sufficient. Test your skills in the fields on a regular basis. Hence, take many phone interviews. Even if you think, you have already found your dream job: It is worth to evaluate interesting offers from attractive companies.
If it is only for the more experience you gain or network, you are expanding.
Consider interviews as pitches. You are pitching your capabilities to a potential buyer. This mindset plus to expertise to sell yourself will help you in many situations in life. What are you waiting for? Take phone calls!
Get to know your cover letter, your resume, as well as the job posting by heart. Not necessarily word by word.
In the next step, document your personal answers to the most common interview questions. These are
Tell me something about you!
Why do you want to leave your current employer?
Why have you applied at our company?
What do you know about our company?
What do you want to achieve in the next 3, 5, and 10 years?
Why are you the best fit for this particular job?
What are your personal strengths and weaknesses?
What do you not like on others and how do you deal with it?
How much do you want to earn?
What do you do in your spare time?
Know your answers to those questions by rote as well. Something else: Who is your interview partner? Is it a recruiter or your future boss? Talking to HR is different from to the specialty department. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and think about which questions might be asked in addition. Finally think about 2-3 questions you are planning to ask too.
Finally, you take 30 minutes right upfront the phone interview. Place the job posting, cover letter, resume as well as questions and answers on your desk – and skim over the content. Ensure that you have talked to other people already on that day.
Try to have the conversation at a quiet place alone. Usually you are being called. Smile before you pick up the phone. This will put you in a relaxed and positive state of mind. In addition, increase your energy level slightly.
Many people reject invitations to phone interviews in case they have recently changed their employer or are “generally” satisfied with their current job. Consequently, they miss the opportunity to improve their verbal application skills and to expand their professional network.
“I have written my cover letter and resume myself. Why do you want me to know it inside out? This will actually sound rehearsed.“ The more thorough you prepare, the more likely you will pass the phone interview.
Talking like a waterfall. Cutting someone off all the time. Delivering as much information as possible in a short timeframe. This is a short cut to blow off interviews.