phone interviews… tips?
Wear a suit.Posted 5 years ago
Don’t leave long unexplained pauses; if you’re having to think about something say “Let me think about that” or similar.
Notepad and pen in front of you to jot things down as you think of them or as they are asked.
Try and think of it as a normal intervew but without the opportunity for the interviewer to see what you are doing. Worst case scenario if it’s all going horribly wrong you can do the “Hello? Hello? Can youi hear me?” them put the phone down trick.
Good luck & try and relax. xFuzzyWuzzyMember
Do it from a quiet place, I did some interviews last year and some of the people I called were obviously on a busy street, I effing hate straining to hear people on the phone let alone when they’re looking for a job so they instantly all went into the no pile (worryingly it was about 50% of people called from noisy environments).Posted 5 years ago
And be prepared for “what do you know about the role?” and “what do you know about the company?” type questions right at the start, at least try and be fluent answering those and then you’ll make a decent initial impression and sound like you’re taking it seriously rather than just someone who got swept up in a crappy agency’s attempt to throw bodies at a role they clearly aren’t suited for.legendMember
Make sure you speak slowly and clearly, they’ll be writing/typing so going too fast may lose some of what you say.
If you have a strong Newcastle/Liverpool accent, just give up now.
Turn the tv off. Make sure you keep anyone else in the house (or whenever) as far away as possible.
If it’s a femme on the other end, defo picture what they look like whilst bashing one out.Posted 5 years ago
ugh, just back from a very long train jourey… it went ok, i think…
i was pretty nervous, and blabbed on a little bit (he thanked me for being concise with one of my shorter answers 😳 ). the technical questions were all answered fine, which was a relief. the interview lasted 50-odd mins, which i reckon is a reaonsable sign, as he could easily have cut it off shorter at a number of points.
we’ll see next week how it really went though!Posted 5 years agoscaledMember
I got asked if i could do a phone interview for my current job with about 24 hours notice and we had a holiday planned.
I had to drive from Manchester to Cornwall and stop at the side of the road to take the call with my gf/daughter in the car, interview only took ~2 hours 😐Posted 5 years agodruidhMemberthisisnotaspoon wrote:
Stand up during the interview, makes you sound better all round rather than slowly slumping into a chair. That and it makes getting distracted almost impossible. I did mine from a deserted top floor corridoor so I could walk up and down to relax.
I used to take part in lots of tele-meetings and I preferred to walk around whilst talking.Posted 5 years ago
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