Preparing for a Phone Interview
You put in an application with pure knowledge that you’ll be receiving a phone call or email to confirm an interview time, hopefully.
But what are you supposed to do when your phone rings from an unknown number? With the job flashing in your head and your mouth going dry, how do you sound good on the phone? Your first impression is through your voice and that’s the first idea an employer receives about who you are as a person.
A new study by University of Chicago Booth School of Business researchers, to be published by the Journal of Psychological Science, found that job candidates were more likely to be hired if they make their pitch using their voice rather than text. So guess what this means for you? An Interviewer is more likely to hire you when they are talking to you rather than just reading your resume.You can use this to your advantage and sell yourself over a phone interview.
So here are six tips on how to land your phone interview and get a second call back:
- Look in the mirror and give yourself a mini pep talk to help ease your pre-phone getters. You don’t want to sound nervous. You applied for this job and you know what you can offer. Yes, the employer knows what you put down on your application, but they don’t know you. Your voice serves as an outlet to who you are, and that needs to be confident and strong.
- Don’t sound boring or cut straight to the point. A future employer needs to know that you can hold an interesting conversation without giving them a short answer or boring them with a long story.
- Envision yourself getting the job. This isn’t to get your hopes up, but rather to help you relax. According to a 2003 study in the Journal of Managerial Psychology, applicants who envisioned getting the job before their interview were less stressed and got better evaluations. Better evaluations mean a better chance of getting hired.
- Don’t sound disinterested. Smile when you talk because I promise you, they can tell. Have you ever called a restaurant and were greeted by a grumpy host? No, because the first thing they learn is that costumers can hear your attitude. Smiling while on the phone affects your voice pitch and can help you sound engaged and happy.
- Don’t pace while you’re on the phone. Pacing gives your body one more thing to worry about other than your interview. Sitting down can help you focus on the questions they’re asking and what to say. You need to be in moment and present in the conversation by shutting out any distractions.
- Take notes! At the end of any interview, a future employer always asks, “Do you have any questions?” This is not when you need to go blank. Later those questions will pop in your head, and you’ll regret not asking them. So, take notes on any questions appear during the interview and if they say anything that you need to remember, like future times and dates.