Telephone Interview

Most employers use telephone interview as a mode to screen potential employees, especially if there are many applicants to a post. A telephone interview should be treated in exactly the same way as any other type of interview. It is important to follow certain etiquette while facing a telephone interview.

Always be prepared for the interview. It is important to prepare beforehand the anticipated questions and their answers. It is important to keep your resume handy for reference as well as make a list of your strengths and weaknesses as well as your accomplishments.

While on a telephone interview, it is essential to ensure that you are in a quiet place, where there is no noise and you can talk without being disturbed. Moreover, if you have children or pets, it is best to send them out of the room and lock yourself inside. Always make sure that there call waiting is discontinued when you are on the line.

It is important to remember to have a glass of water nearby, while facing a telephone interview, in order to wet your lips if they become dry. However, remember never to let the interviewer know that you are drinking water. Moreover, it is essential that you do not eat or chew gum during the interview as this will create a bad impression.

Speak clearly and slowly so that the other person can understand. If you do not understand a question or have not heard it properly, then it is important that you ask the person to repeat the question, instead of assuming. Time is of essence in a telephone interview therefore be concise with your answers.

Lastly, it is important to thank the interviewer and once you have put down the phone, take notes of all that was asked and your responses to those questions.



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