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Tips to Ace the Phone Interview

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Since time immemorial, the telephonic interview has been like a prelude that allows the employer a tête-à-tête with the candidate for scheduling the face-to-face interview. However, with hundreds of candidates often vying for the same job these days, the recruiters are increasingly resorting to the telephonic interviews for posing the kinds of in-depth questions that were earlier reserved for the finale. This is because the employers feel that the bar has been raised much higher for the next level, catching candidates off-guard. They feel that even the stakes are much higher than before!

So Read On To Know Our Tips on How to Avoid Any ‘Trouble on Line’

Prepare like it is an in-person interview:

Until lately, you could often breeze through most telephonic interviews in 15 minutes or less by answering a few softball questions. Only a slight groundwork was needed and a large chunk of people could anticipate an invite for the ‘real interview’ before hanging up. But these days you need to set aside half an hour or so for the telephonic round. So try prepping for the phone interview as much as you would for the actual round. The interviewer might ask you to talk about your work at length and cite examples that illustrate your strengths for the job you are applying for.

Always keep a print out of your resume in front of you:

In a world where we rely on the Internet for virtually everything, it may be hard to imagine a time when it won’t be around to access any important information. This may sound old school or obsolete to most people but a hard copy could just be the thing to help you sail smoothly through the interview. Although chances are bleak that your Internet would suddenly crash during your telephonic round but it is always good to have a physical copy for your reference to help you stay more organised during the conversation.

Choose a quiet spot for the call and avoid any distractions:

Turn off your computer, T.V and do away with any random object near you. The less clutter you have around you, the more focused you’ll be on your conversation and will be able to craft more eloquent answers.

Don’t talk gibberish:

Most candidates often start talking fast out of sheer nervousness as it is not possible to comprehend the nonverbal cues that your interviewer sends in person, like looking at you while they talk or adjusting their posture. So try keeping a tab on the time and avoid speaking for more than a minute at a stretch. Take pauses while you talk so that you sound coherent and give out details only which are useful for the interviewer.

Ask about the next steps:
At the end of the phone call, you might be so excited to get off the phone that can forget to ask what happens after you the call. So, ask your interviewer when you might hear from them next and if there is anything else that they require from you.

Just remember, the employers are digging deep to identify the best candidates among bigger lot. They are also in pursuit of weeding out the ones who seem likely to change jobs as and when the economy turns grim. So, brush up your phone etiquette, don’t give canned answers and avoid the common faux pas. Just sound confident and always know your conversation path!

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