Are you applying for jobs right now? Get ready to spend a lot of time on the phone. Phone interviews act as a way for the company to get to know a little bit about you without both parties spending the time and energy on an in-person interview. It can be pretty low-pressure, but it’s a big opportunity for you to express your interest and skills.
I’ve been doing a lot of phone interviews, some better than others. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
1 . Have key documents open on your computer
The person interviewing you is looking at your resume and cover letter – you should have those open in front of you as well. If the interviewer refers to specific bullet points in your resume or an interest you mentioned in your cover letter, you want to be able to see what they’re talking about, especially if you applied a while ago. I also like to have the description of the position open as well so that I can tie in what I’m saying to specific requirements or responsibilities. Have these all open in easily accessible tabs before the interview starts.