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Preparing for a PHONE INTERVIEW
Before you begin your phone interview make sure that you are confident in your understanding of the position you are
applying for and the company you are applying with. Do extra homework on the company’s history and research recent
company news. Preparation is the key and will make a great impression on your interviewers.
Prepare your interview location. Make sure you’re in a comfortable place with no distractions. Keep your resume in clear
view, have a pen and pad to take notes and a glass of water sitting close by. Minimise any outside distractions that could
potentially take your mind off the interview (HOT TIP) Disable call waiting on your phone. Dress the part so you feel
and sound professional. The more professional you feel the more professional you will come across on the telephone.
Most importantly – practice interviewing! Rehearse and Practice. There are many ways to help you prepare for the
telephone interview. Have a friend/ family member conduct an interview. Ideally, rehearse with someone from the
same industry. The best way to hear how you sound is to tape yourself. Remember the more preparation you put into the
interview the better prepared you will be.
Preparation is the key! Write down answers to questions you believe are going to be asked. Have questions ready to go so
when the interviewer says “Do you have any questions to ask us?” you’re ready and prepared.
What to do during the phone interview:
• Remember to smile. Experts say that smiling puts you in a better state of mind and will project a positive
image to the listener
• Speak in a steady voice. Don’t rush what you’re trying to say. Ensure that you sound enthusiastic and
• Don’t forget to breathe. It will help you stay calm and sound more relaxed.
• LISTEN. Answer the questions which are being asked. Do not make the mistake of telling the interviewer
what you want to tell them. Give them the answers to their questions.
• Keep a glass of water handy. Nothing is worse than having a dry mouth.
• Address the interviewer in the appropriate way. Do not shorten people’s name. They are your potential
employer not your “mate”.
• Take your time – don’t rush the interview. This is your time to shine. If you’re feeling nervous take a
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This note was uploaded on 06/07/2013 for the course BA 202 taught by Professor Cuongvu during the Fall '13 term at Copenhagen Business School.
- Fall '13