How to Win Your Next Phone Interview

Interviewing can be nerve-wracking, especially when it’s over the phone and you don’t have the benefit of sitting across from the interviewer to pick up on subtle cues or body language. However, there are plenty of ways you can win your next phone interview. We asked our consultant advisors their top tips and advice. Here’s what they had to say:

“As far as to ace an interview, I would go with two things — make a great start and a great end.”
— Dimple Kochikar

“One of the top things you need to do is smile. You can hear someone smile through the phone and they know that you are enthusiastic about the job and that you want the job.” — Christine Woods

“Have your resume on hand with the ability to take notes. Conduct a practice interview with a co-worker or a friend.” — Andy Bryant

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“Keep your answers short and concise, but be sure to emphasize your experience.” — Neika Powell

“Listen to what they have to say. A lot of times you already have a formulated answer, but that’s not where they are taking you with the question.” — Justin Couch

“Make sure that your interview space is quiet and that you use a landline if possible.” — Christine Woods

“The worst thing for an interviewee is competing with background noise.” — Neika Powell

“It should be your skills that shine through.” — Christine Woods

“It’s always good to end the phone call saying, ‘Have I answered everything’, so the can come back and ask you things they may have missed.” — Dimple Kochikar

We want you to get the job that you want. On your next phone interview, remember to start strong, smile, take notes, emphasize your experience, and ask great questions.

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