Phone Interview Tips Series

Table of Contents

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 1 -- Check Your Voicemail Greeting

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 2 -- The Best Time to Set Up Your Call

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 3 -- Where’s the Best Place for a Phone Interview?

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 4 -- How To Keep Your Focus

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 5 -- How to Build Your Confidence

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 6 -- How to Project Enthusiasm

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 7 -- Use Cheat Sheets

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 8 -- Research the Interviewer

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 9 -- Research the Company

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 10 -- Prepare Answers to Common Phone Interview Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 11 -- Practice Your Phone Interview

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 12 -- How to Hit Your Phone Interview Goals

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 13 -- The Best Phone for Your Phone Interview

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 14 -- Your Phone Interview Voice

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 15 -- How to Give the Interviewer What They’re Looking For

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 16 -- How to Project the Right Image Over the Phone

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 17 -- Help Them Qualify You for the Face-to-Face Interview

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 18 -- Speak the Right Body Language

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 19 -- Secret Tricks to Phone Interview Success

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 20 -- Ask Questions

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 21 -- How to Listen Well

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 22 -- Don’t Talk Too Much

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 23 -- Watch Your Language

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 24 -- Phone Interview Etiquette

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 25 -- Getting the Face-to-Face Interview

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 26 -- How and When to Follow Up

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 27 -- Biggest Phone Interview Mistakes

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 28 -- Small Phone Interview Mistakes That Cause Big Problems

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 29 -- Things You Should Never Say

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 30 -- Make a Phone Interview Checklist

  1. Phone Interview - Tip 31 -- Relax, Be Calm, and Make a Good Impression

  2. Phone Interview - Tip 32 -- Good Telephone Communication Tips

  3. Phone Interview - Tip 33 -- Typical Phone Interview Questions

  4. Phone Interview - Tip 34 -- Thank You Notes

  5. Phone Interview - Tip 35 -- The One Question You Should Ask

  6. Phone Interview - Tip 36 -- How to Keep Them From Screening You Out

  7. Phone Interview - Tip 37 -- How to Prepare for a Phone Interview

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What hiring manager doesn’t want to choose someone who is sincerely enthusiastic and excited about the job?  They all do.  If you’re excited about the job, you’ll try hard and probably do better than someone who isn’t.  Plus, your genuine enthusiasm will make them like you more.  If they like you, they’ll be more likely to hire you.
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The trouble is, projecting enthusiasm is a little more difficult on the phone than it is when you’re facing someone in person.  They can’t see how big you’re smiling, or how often you’re nodding in agreement, or how much you’re leaning forward in your seat.  Those things are powerful body language signals of enthusiasm in a normal conversation, but lose some of their power in a non-visual medium like a phone interview.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t bother with those things.  You absolutely should.



Always smile during your phone interview.  Even though they can’t see your smile, it will show up in your voice.  You will sound warmer, friendlier, and more enthusiastic.  If you need reminders, sometimes it helps to keep a mirror in front of you to remind yourself to smile.  If that’s what it takes, do it.  Smiling helps you sound more confident, too.

Be Alert

Get a good night’s rest before your interview, and eat a good breakfast or lunch.  Sleepy or distracted are deadly sins in a phone interview. Try to be animated. If you talk with your hands normally, then talk with your hands (even though they can’t see you over the phone).  If you want to walk around while you talk, do it.  In fact, standing while you talk can lend you power and confidence.

Ask Questions

Nothing projects enthusiasm like asking questions that show your interest.  Ask about the process, the job, and the company.  All your questions should be based on your research--not questions that could be answered in the job description or by Google.

Thank the Interviewer for Speaking With You

Sincere gratitude also projects enthusiasm.  Always thank the person for taking the time to speak with you while you’re on the call.  Then later, also send your thank you note.

Tell Them You’re Interested

Don’t assume the hiring manager knows you’re interested in the job.  It should be obvious, because why else would you be bothering with this interview?  But it really isn’t obvious.  Maybe they think you’re on the fence about it…so going forward with you might be a waste of time.  So tell them how much you’re interested in the job.


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