So we've sent your resume to a great company, and the hiring manager wants to schedule a phone interview with you. Congratulations!
Interviews can be nerve wracking at times. You may feel that there is even more pressure with a phone interview. After all, an employer cannot see what you look like, or your facial expressions, etc. On the flip side to this, you cannot see the employer's face to gauge how the interview is going.
At Liberty Staffing, we want you to succeed professionally. Here are five things that you should do in preparation for your phone interview.
1. Research the Company
Before any interview, whether in-person or over the phone, you should research the company. Look up a company's history. For example, when was the company first established? Also research what services/products the company provides. What are the company's morals and values? See if they align with yours.
2. Be on Time
You should be on time to any interview. Phone interviews can be tricky if you need to access login information online. Complete this task before your scheduled call to ensure that you are on time. The last thing that you want to do is be late to your phone interview because you're having trouble logging in to the system online.
3. Find a Quiet Place
This is a big one to remember. Scope out a quiet place to speak with the employer for your phone interview. Avoid public areas with lots of background noise, like busy coffee shops, or retail stores. You may also want to avoid talking outdoors, especially when it's windy.
The best place to have a phone interview is the comfort of your home, in a quiet room.
4. Have a Notepad and Pen Handy
Always be ready to take down information during your phone interview. The hiring manager should go over details of the position, and the company, with you. It's good to jot down this information so that you have a clear understanding of the position and what it entails.
5. Write Down Your Questions
Normally at the end of the interview, the employer will ask you if you have any questions. It's best to prepare a list of questions you have about the role before your phone interview. Typical questions you may want to ask include: what is the timeline for the hiring decision, when should you expect a call from the employer, and what the salary would be for the role.
6. Charge Your Phone
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to charge your phone before your interview. You don't want your phone to die on you in the middle of the interview. Most hiring managers/employers have busy schedules, and may not be able to reschedule another interview appointment with you if this happens.
If your phone is prone to dying, keep your phone charged during the interview.
Need more phone interview tips? Contact a Liberty Staffing branch nearest you! One of our recruiters would be happy to help you. We wish you the best of luck in your phone interview.