When an interview
is a call away
ONE of the hiring trends in vogue is the telephonic interview. Here are some tips to survive these.
Today, you can definitely count on the telephonic interview as one of the screening rounds while conducting your job/internship search. Employers choose telephony for reasons such as distance from the work site or for making first cuts and to determine if they want to arrange a face-to face interview. Telephonic interviews could be awkward, for you can neither see the person interviewing you nor can you be seen. The challenge is to sell your qualifications and experience mainly through words and the tone of your voice.
As 90 per cent of human communication is non-verbal (body language, eye contact, etc), you’re in a sort of limbo while giving a telephonic interview. However, the upside is you can make use of such an arrangement to summarise your achievements and skills with the prepared notes.
An unscheduled call
If an employer calls you up and wants to conduct an interview immediately, you’ll have two options: Either you proceed with the call or politely suggest another time (could be after a few minutes or so). In case you are in a reasonably private environment and have your r`E9sum`E9 ready, probably it’s best to proceed with the call right away. On the other hand, if you’re in a noisy ambience, it’s always good to let the interviewer know that your circumstances aren’t ideal and request for another convenient time.
If you have your time and date scheduled much ahead of time, be at your phone early and ensure you’re available for a longer period of time. At times, the scheduled interview could take more time than you think. Keep a copy of your r`E9sum`E9 along with note cards with information about all employers you’re actively pursuing by the telephone. Keep a notepad and pen to take notes during the conversation.
Do’s and don’ts
Actually, all the usual tips for preparing for and handling interviews hold good here too. In addition, you can try recording your answers to the possible questions. Doing so will allow you pay more attention to what the tone of your voice is communicating. Here are some points to keep in mind:
Upon successfully completing the telephonic interview, you may just as well land a chance for an on-site interview. So, make the most of a telephone interview to move successfully ahead in your job-seeking process.