Recruiters today are looking for new ways to test their potential employee, that help them understand the person on both a personal and professional level to determine if they’d make a good fit for the organization. Telephonic interviews are becoming increasingly common in this day and age as the first step in the hiring process, especially when the interviewer and the candidate are based in different geographical locations.
Irrespective of your industry and job types, telephonic interviews have become a common practice whether you’re an entry-level candidate on a hunt for law graduate jobs or an experienced professional looking for a career change. Let’s go over a few things you should keep in mind before you get on-call with a potential employer:
- Listen to the employer:
The most fundamental thing to remember while attending a call that will decide your career trajectory, is to make sure you listen to the instructions and questions posed by the employer very carefully. Wait for them to finish his entire question instead of jumping off to answer right in the middle. If you’re confused about the question and need further clarification, convey the same to them.
- Language and tone of voice:
A telephonic interview is all about having a good command over your communication skills and how fluently can you express your thoughts. Since the interviewer does not know you in person, the only way you can make a lasting impression is by maintaining a polite tone of voice, attempting to answer anything directed towards you with confidence, using industry jargon wherever required, staying professional throughout your conversation, and not rushing the employer. Always remember to speak clearly and assertively. Pace yourself while speaking and avoid being too fast or too slow. Eliminate the words ‘um’ or ‘like’ from your vocabulary altogether, and use them as little as possible.
- Brevity is your friend:
Make sure you answer everything addressed to you within 2 to 3 minutes. Highlight the important points, keep your response to-the-point, avoid cross-questioning the employer, and conclude well. Most recruiters are time-bound, and will not appreciate a candidate taking longer than usual to prove their skills and mettle.
- Don’t forget the basics:
This may seem pointless, but if you are expecting the interview call make sure you have the following things sorted:
- Written print out of your resume, job description and company details.
- Stable internet connection.
- A writing pad and pen
- A fully-charged mobile phone or connected landline handset.
- A quiet room with negligible distractions.
- Don’t talk about money right away:
Unless the topic is touched upon by the interviewer, don’t try to force the aforementioned issue. While having clarity on your expected compensation is appreciated, you can always let the employer know that you’re open for negotiation or quote them a salary range you’ll be comfortable with. You can also offer to discuss pay scale-related details in person, or at a later stage in the hiring process.