Many of Kinetica’s clients request that suitable candidates have a telephone interview prior to a face to face meeting. This is an opportunity for employers to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the employer and the position, before a commitment to the time and expense of an in-person interview is made.
With telephone interviews, your appearance doesn’t matter, you’re body language doesn’t matter, you can’t even look potential employers in the eye or shake their hand! So, ensure that your voice makes up for this and consider the following key points to establish an excellent telephone interview technique –
- Don’t mutter
- Think before you speak
- Don’t waffle
- Make sure you listen to what the other person is saying, do not be pre-occupied with thinking about what you want to say next
- If you jump in before somebody has finished what they’re saying, it gives the impression that you have an inflated opinion of your own thoughts
- Match the tone of the other person, don’t mimic, but gauge a suitable level
- Ensure you will not be interrupted, you have your CV to hand and if using a mobile phone, it is fully charged
- Pace yourself, a good interviewer knows you may need a little time to compose a good response, so do take time to think about answers
Although you are not visiting your potential employer face to face, a telephone interview is still very important, as it is another stage in potentially securing a new job position! You need to be as prepared and well presented as you would be for a face to face interview and remember, you can always hear a smile!