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Telephone Interview Advice


The telephone interview Objectives Your objectives for the telephone interview need to be: • • •

Obtain enough information to decide if you want to proceed with the interview process if you are invited to do so Give sufficient information to answer the interviewer’s questions, persuading them you are worth interviewing face-to-face Close the interview effectively and agree a time, date and place for your face-to-face interview

Preparation Preparing for a telephone interview is just as important as preparing for any other form of interview or meeting. The impression you create in the opening moments, and the manner in which your present yourself throughout will determine whether or not you will be successful. Preparation checklist: • Research the company website to find out about its products, service and markets • Prepare written answers for typical questions you may be asked • Make a note of questions you want to ask • Have a pad and pen with you to make notes • Keep your CV in view, so it is at your fingertips when you need to answer questions • Have a glass of water handy • Make sure your phone is charged and you are in an area with reception

The call • • • •

If you have been asked to call at a specific time, call at that exact time. Too early or too late could give the interviewer the wrong impression and get your interview off to the wrong start Speak slowly and clearly. Sound interested and interesting Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice Before the call ends choose an appropriate time to enquire about a face-to-face interview


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Telephone Interview Advice by Greythorn UK