The Essential Tips for Phone Interviews


One important tool employers are relying on more and more is the phone screen interview. It requires less time and money for the company and allows them to gauge if a candidate should be asked for an in-person interview.

Make sure to take these phone interviews seriously, too! This can be the key to getting your foot in the door at a company.


1) Treat this phone interview the same as an in-person job interview.

-Have your resume, paper to take notes, any company/job research you’ve done in front of you and questions you have about the position and company.

2) With cell phones, make sure to go to a quiet area with good reception and be sure your phone is fully charged.

– Students can reserve a room at the Career Center if they need a place for a phone or skype interview!

3) Dress the part for the interview.

-Experts say if you’re dressed in a professional manner, you’ll speak that way.

4) Stand up to talk.

-Your position affects the quality of your voice. If you are sitting down or relaxing, you don’t project the same readiness and intensity as when you stand up.

5) Eliminate any distractions around you.

-Turn off the computer speakers, find a babysitter or roommate for your children. Be sure that your roommate(s) know to leave you alone in order to make sure your sole focus is on the interviewer and what you are saying to that person.

6) Make sure you let the employer end the interview.

-Tell them thank you for their time and remember to once again express your interest in the opportunity.

7) Go the extra mile and write thank you notes to anyone who was involved in your interview process.

These tips were provided to you by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and


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