Phone interviews are a great way of finding potential employment. You have the opportunity to ask questions about the company and learn about them, as well as proving to the company why you are the one for the job. It also means you don’t have to waste time trekking to their office (and you can keep your sweatpants on, as long as you don't tell anyone)! Here are some top tips on how to succeed:
a) What is the biggest problem that your staff are currently facing? This allows you to gauge if there are any office politics that you would not want to be involved in. If the employer answers that there is only one coffee machine working at the moment – then you know that it must be a great place to work?
b) What have you most enjoyed about working for X? Similarly to the previous question, you get to know the perks of the office, and the feel for what the company does well.
c) What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? You can find out exactly what skills the company is looking for, so that if they pick you, you can brush up on these skills to then bring to the office when you join. If you are unlucky and don’t get the job, then at least you know what experiences they would have liked you to have had and you can pursue these experiences: and work on the skills.
d) Do you have any hesitations about my CV? This is a great question to ask as it has a dual purpose: firstly you are showing you are confident in your ability to be applying for this job. Secondly if they do have any hesitations then you can benefit from learning what the hesitations are.
e) What is the next step in the process? This should be your final question as it shows that you are keen and eager to learn more about what the next step in the process of getting this job is.
7. Follow up with an Email: After you have finished the interview and thanked them, you should send them a quick little email. This should just thank them for their time and show them you are quick, efficient and polite. Manners are something a company can never be too short of.
And finally, try and smile as you talk – it’s amazing how happiness can come across in your voice!