How to tackle that pesky Telephone Interview…

Take the telephone interview call in a quiet location. This is very important because you don’t want to be worried that you might be disturbed during your telephone interview. Also you really want to avoid any unnecessary background noise as this may distract you or even worse, be heard by your interviewer! Think loud music, embarrassing Dad jokes or TV noise. Distracting and not very professional. Try and avoid it as much as possible!

Charge your phone and make sure you’re in an area where you get good network coverage.

This may sound obvious, but you don’t want your phone dying on you whilst you’re giving the best answer to the question ‘Why do you want to work for [insert company name here]?’

Be prepared for your telephone interview.

A telephone interview is one of those situations where there is no harm in doing as much research as possible, however you also want to sound natural and like your answers aren’t being read from a script. A great way to tackle this is it to sit somewhere where you can have notes out in front of you. These notes should be bullet points and keywords as opposed to large paragraphs of writing, as this is likely to throw you off when talking in your interview. Things to consider for a telephone interview include:
  • Researching the company as much as you can
  • Think about your own strengths and weaknesses and how your values match the company’s values.
  • Really think about why you want to work for a company
  • Write down any questions you might have for the interviewer. Do you have any concerns about the role? Do you want some clarity on something the job description refers to? Don’t be embarrassed to ask them! They will appreciate your questions and it will show that you’ve really put a lot of time and consideration into

Be professional.

When taking a telephone interview call, try to be as professional as you can. This means thinking a little bit more about your language and how you say things and perhaps leaving some of your usual slang out if you can, lol.

Be yourself!

Telephone interviews can be scary, we understand that, but if you take our advice, you should hopefully at least feel slightly less worried about it. Try and channel your nervousness into excitement and remember, be yourself because it’s you they want to get to know better after the amazing application that you sent! Still looking for an apprenticeship or similar opportunity? Take a look at our latest jobs here Good luck!  ]]>