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Recruiters often do their first screening interview over the phone. The result of this process will be the basis whether to give the aspirant a chance to move on to the next application process or not. According to Target Jobs, the questions given during phone interview process will more likely cover the general skills and competence of a person.
That is why, it's important that one should aim to show his or her commitment, enthusiasm and passion in taking hold of this opportunity to get hired. However, because of how visual clues are absent in a phone job interview, it would take more effort for an aspirant to stand out and impress his or her employer. It would be more difficult for him or her to nail this process without proper preparation.
To give every aspirant an idea on how to do well in a phone job interview, here are the tips that can be of great help:
When answering a phone call from an interviewer, one must take in consideration the place where he or she is during the interview proper. The setting has to be quiet, with minimal or no distraction at all. The online business website, LinkedIn, shared an advice that says, "DO NOT answer when you are with the kids at the amusement park, or in the grocery store, out with friends, or enjoying a BBQ with the family." So better stay away from disturbances. Besides, background noises are known as interview kryptonite.
According to the research conducted by Paul Bailo, author of The Essential Phone Interview Handbook, posted in Cosmopolitan, "People's voices change when wearing business clothing as opposed to casual stuff- your tone, inflection and word choice automatically become more professional if you look spiffy." That's why it is still important to wear the best outfit as if one is meeting with the manager in person face to face. Choose something decent, professional and one is comfortable with.
Express thankfulness through writing
After the interview, it is better to exercise a simple yet powerful courtesy like expressing gratitude. The best way to do it is not by just expressing it over the phone but by exerting some effort and put your appreciation in a letter. You can mail it or send it through an email. Whatever manner is perfectly fine.
You can never nail a phone job interview without preparation. So make sure to use these tips to strengthen one's edge in the midst of job market competition. Remember, never depend your success on just mere luck — start preparing for it as soon as possible.