Telephone Interview Tips

Telephone Interview Tips

  • Clear the room so you have no distractions.  That means no kids or pets and no TV or music in the background.  Ask anyone who might interrupt to respect your privacy and then shut the door.
  • Use a land-line phone where possible. If using a mobile please ensure your phone is fully charged, or possibly plugged in.
  • Have your CV in front of you.
  • Have the Job Description and/or advert in front of you.
  • Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.
  • Have your diary handy in case they ask for your availability for interview.
  • Be polite, calm.
  • Don’t smoke, eat or drink during the call.
  • Stand up – it will make you feel more alert.
  • Use the interviewer’s name occasionally throughout the interview, but don’t overdo it.   
  • Listen carefully.  If you mishear what is being said, politely ask the interviewer to repeat the question.
  • Sound interested and energetic and enthusiastic.
  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and re-iterate your interest in the opportunity.


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