Companies sometimes put applicants through a phone screening process before scheduling them for an in-person interview. This is an efficient way for an organization to find potential candidates who are fit for the open job position.
If you’ve recently applied for a job and your recruiter wants to schedule a phone interview with you, follow these tips to ace your screening and move on to the next stage of the hiring process.
Prepare for an Unexpected Interview
Some phone interviews come unexpectedly. Once you apply for a position and state your availability, the recruiter can call you at any time. The best way to respond to this phone call is to politely ask for a reschedule so you can be in a quiet and secure place when you’re ready. If you do want to have the interview, relocate yourself to a quiet place as quickly as possible.
Make A Professional Voicemail
In the event that you miss the interviewer’s call (which you should never do), make sure you have a professional-sounding voicemail. Make it a standard message, such as:
“Hello, this is Kelli. I’m unable to come to the phone right now. But please leave your name, number, and a brief message, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!”
Research in Advance
The better you know the company and the recruiter, the more of an impression you’ll make throughout the hiring process. Get to know the company by researching all of the latest news and information about them. And look up your recruiter on LinkedIn so you can put a face to the voice you’ll be talking to.
Use Professional Language and a Clear Voice
You may not be able to see the other person’s body language, but your spoken voice still goes a long way. Make sure that you speak clearly and remain enthusiastic throughout the call. Positive language really helps. Use a pair of headphones if you need some extra help projecting your voice with clarity.
Keep Your Resume Handy
Pull up your resume on your computer while you’re speaking with the recruiter. You will likely need to refer to it multiple times to talk about your past work experiences or skills you’ve developed on the job. Bonus points if you have your resume available on a LinkedIn profile, which you can direct the recruiter to by the end of your call.
Near the end of the phone interview, you will be asked if you have any questions for the recruiter or the company. Make sure to come up with some thoughtful and intelligent questions that will prove your enthusiasm for the job. And before you hang up, make sure to thank the recruiter for this time and let them know that you are happy to converse further in person.
Pass this Hurdle with Flying Colors!
The phone interview is the first of many steps that will get you closer to landing your dream job. While you may not be the only applicant the company talks to over the phone, you can stand out amongst the crowd by utilizing these tips and remaining professional at all times.