You may think that having a phone interview is far easier than a more traditional face-to-face interview, but you are mistaken. They are just as daunting and challenging, but in a different way. Face to face, you can generating rapport, make eye contact and use a number of non verbal techniques to win over the interviewer. On the phone, you don’t have these tools at your disposal. Here are a few things you can do to improve your chances at acing a phone interview.

Remember to smile! 

You’d be surprised to hear that smiling, even when you’re not face to face with someone, can make yourself sound happier and more confident. You’ll sound friendlier and more attractive to the interviewer.

Speak Clearly and Slowly 

Sit up straight when speaking on the phone. Your posture can heavily influence the tone of your voice. Always try and sound alert and ready.

Have your Documents ready 

Keep your resume in front of you, along with any supporting documents you may require. You don’t want to be shuffling between notes on the phone whilst the interviewer is waiting. The phone interview demands succinctness, just as any traditional interview.

Be Confident 

Just as in a face-to-face interview, you will be judged on your confidence. Whilst on the phone you cannot show this through physical means – eye contact, a strong handshake, etc – you can do it through your voice. The best way is to just behave as though you were actually sitting opposite your interviewer. Don’t be afraid to turn on the speakerphone and use hand gestures, even if it may look silly in a phone interview!

Prepare for the silences

You know that there will be the inevitable awkward silences. You can do your best to avoid them through your responses, however when that fails you need to have some backup. Have some questions about the company and the job read in waiting. This also shows that you’re interested in the position and are excited about the prospect.

Don’t do anything silly… 

Just as you would in a regular interview, remember to make references to past experiences. Be succinct and have a strong voice. Avoid speaking about compensation and pay rates, or your current employment situation.

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