4 Phone Interview Tips
Phone interviews can be a little scary. They're your ticket into an on-site interview and if all goes well, a job offer. As a soon-to-be graduate, I've gone through my fair share of phone interviews that have gone well and some that probably could have gone a little better. These are my 4 phone interview tips from an interviewee's perspective:
1) Toot Your Own Horn in a Timely Manner
It's important for an employer to know your accomplishments. After all, they want to see your capabilities and gauge how you would preform in their company. Keep in mind, it's important to always remain humble.
Don't talk too much about yourself. I know you may get carried away listing down everything you accomplished but be mindful of the interviewer's time. After all, they are busy too and most likely have a call right after yours. If you don't let them talk, they can't ask you questions and hence, can't get to know more about you.
2) Be Yourself. Be Organic.
I know, a bit cliché but this is an important tip. Employers want to have a conversation that flows. So if you are reading off your perfect candidate responses off a Word document you made before the interview, it's obvious. Trust me. I've made this mistake before.
Employers aren't looking for a perfect response. Employers are looking for someone who is eager to grow, learn, thrive and is ready to add value to the company.
3) Ask questions. A lot of them.
Questions show interest. Sometimes the interview goes so well that I can't think of any questions at that moment, but every time a phone interview ends, I think of a couple questions I could have/should have asked. Here are some of my favorite questions to ask:
• If you were the CEO of this company, what would you change and why?
Let the interviewer tell you the company's flaws. Once you know the problems (or my professor likes to call it "points of improvements") of the company, you can try your best to figure out a solution.
• What do you enjoy about working at this company?
You are gaining an employers insight about the company. You want to be confident that you will enjoy your job. I'm a firm believer of the phrase "Do what you love, love what you do."
• Can you tell me more about the team I'll be working with?
This shows that you are already imaging yourself working alongside the company's team. It's worth mentioning that you are capable working independently but also as a team player.
4) Have A Can-Do Attitude
Approach any kind of interview with a can-do, positive attitude. Remember that you may not have everything an employer is looking for at the moment and that's okay. You have time to learn. You have time to grow.
Whenever I get stumped on an interview question, I always tell the interviewer that whatever I may lack in experience, I compensate with my willingness to learn.