Telephone Interview Guidelines

Here are a Few telephone interview guidelines and tips to help you with your Telephone Interview.

Practice Interviewing

Talking on the phone isn’t as easy as it seems. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview and tape record it so you can see how you sound over the phone. You’ll be able to hear your “ums” and “uhs” and “okays” and you can practice reducing them from your conversational speech.

It is also often helpful to rehearse answers to those typical questions you’ll be asked.

During the Phone Interview

Female nurse on the phone while using a computer– Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.

– Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice

– Speak slowly and enunciate clearly – remember “English” might not be the  interviewers first language (mother tongue)

– Take note of the interviewer’s name (s) and use the person’s title (Dr.  Mr. or Ms. and their last name.)

– Don’t interrupt the interviewer.

– Take your time – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to collect your thoughts. – When the interview is concluded, thank the interviewer and ask when you will hear whether or not you have been successful.

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