Ready for some phone interview tips to open up new doors for more exciting and lucrative career opportunities?
Many phone interviews serve as a way to screen for candidates for the face-to-face interviews.
There are, however, plenty of contract jobs and freelance projects offered to qualified candidates after phone interviews.
It’s also a regular procedure for translation agencies to interview freelance job applicants.
In any event, a successful phone interview depends on many factors, but the most important ones are:
- How well you are prepared
- Your phone etiquette
- How well you use your most powerful asset – your voice
So here are a few phone interview tips to help you get over the butterflies in your tummy:
1- Know what you’re going to say before you say it
Before the interview, you need to gather as much information as possible. Research the company or client, know their background and the project.
What are they looking for in a job candidate? What is your strength and weaknesses? What makes you qualified for this job? What do you like about your current job? What do you not like about your current job? Why should they choose you over others?
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If this is a screening test, they may just want to get an idea of your language skills over the phone. You may be given a certain topic and do your presentation freely. The interviewer will look at your speech, choice of words, fluency and overall attitude and rate your performance afterwards.
Just keep this in mind – one of the most important phone interview tips is to be yourself, stay calm and remain positive.
2- Know the dos and don’ts
Even though nobody can see you over the phone, you still need to treat a phone interview with the same precision as a face-to-face one. Here are a few dos and don’ts when you are on the phone:
- Do have your notes handy, but don’t read from the notes
- Do use a landline when possible
- Do turn off all background noises (TV, baby crying, dog barking etc.); if necessary find a quiet room for the interview
- Do avoid yes or no answers to the questions – try to elaborate
- Don’t give long-winded answers – if it takes 5 minutes for you to answer a question, it’s too long
- Do ask questions but avoid discussing money and benefits until you have cleared the initial interview
3- Use your voice to your advantage
You can have all the phone interview tips in the world, but if you don’t know how to use your voice properly, you are not going to give a winning impression.
Your voice is the best tool you have during a phone interview, so let your passion shine by doing the following:
- Keep good posture throughout the whole interview
You can choose to sit or stand, but generally you project your voice better in a standing position
- Keep smiling during the interview as it transmits into your voice and the interviewer will notice
- Speak slowly and clearly
Many people, translators in particular, somehow believe if they speak faster, people will think they speak more fluently. False! If your interviewer has trouble understanding you or catching you, you have serious problem. Speed is not an issue, clarity is.
- Speak from your heart