As an active job seeker, it’s important to be prepared to conduct a phone interview with a potential employer. Initial contact with a recruiter may feel a bit uncomfortable, especially when these calls typically catch people off guard. Nevertheless, employers consider them a significant part of the candidate pre-screening process.

Individuals who are successful at their phone interviews are very likely to be contacted for an in-person interview, which is the opportunity a candidate has to truly show all of their skills and charisma. You may already know the basics to a good phone interview, but with the following refresher course, you’ll learn how to be even better:

Prepare yourself: Have your resume in clear view. Most phone interviews ask similar questions, such as your strengths, weakness and experience. Be prepared with answers to their questions.
Practice: Try to rehearse your conversational speech’s pace, tone, and speed before the interview. This will help you sound more eloquent and confident to the recruiter.
Take it seriously: Treat the recruiter politely and respectfully. Take your time in answering each question and do not interrupt the interviewer. Ask the recruiter for their contact information, as the phone interview is a gateway to an in-person conversation.
The follow-up: In many cases, this is the “forgotten step” when it comes to a phone interview. Write down the main topics discussed during the conversation for future reference in order to send a follow-up email or a thank you note that not only reinforces your interest in the position, but can help you land an in-person interview.
With these tips, you’ll feel more confident and excel during your next phone interview. At Burchard and Associates, a premier St. Louis recruiting firm, we can help prepare you for your new career. Visit our website or contact us today to get started!