Are you going to be in your car or somewhere away from home when you are initially doing this phone interview? If so… use HEADPHONES! Its seriously a life saver. The quality of the call will be so much better in case there could be any signal issues. Also, if your like myself to where you have done phone interviews in your car its the perfect way to block out any noise. Also the person conducting the interview will have so much respect. As a former recruiter, I KNOW how difficult it could be when a potential candidate isn't in the most peaceful area.
You can easily have those answers right in front of you! The 3 important tabs on your computer, or printed out (if your on the go) should be your linkedin profile, the job description and of course your resume. There is no reason to be nervous or to not be prepared when everything you can need or have is right in front of you.
Hello?..... Yes….This is Janice from “X” company. Listen guys, how you answer the phone is EXTREMELY important. You already know who to expect and the time so it isn't a surprise phone call. The best way to professionally answer the phone is “Hello, this is Jenny Red speaking” its casual and you avoid the obvious question of the interviewer asking “This is “X” may I please speak with Jenny.” You get right to the interviewer introducing themselves and having the professional conversation.
The person who is interviewing you will ask if you have questions in the end, SO BE PREPARED TO ASK QUESTIONS. Just like a face to face interview be prepared with at least 3 questions. Some great questions to consider asking could be:
* What are the top skills you believe would make the potential candidate successful in this role?
*If hired, what should responsibilities should I expect to handle in the first 3 months?
* Is there opportunities for professional development?
*What would a typical work day entail?
*When can I expect to hear from you?
*What are the current biggest rewards of this job and working for this company?