What to Do—and Not Do—During Phone Interviews

By Dennis McCafferty
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    What to Do—and Not Do—During Phone Interviews

    What to Do—and Not Do—During Phone Interviews

    If you think you can wing it during a job interview over the phone, think again. Here are 10 mistakes to avoid in order to ensure you make a good impression.

For both job candidates and employers, a phone interview is a great way to get acquainted. It gives both parties a timely, efficient way to sense whether the job seeker is a good match for the company ... and vice versa. However, before the conversation, many job applicants fall into the trap of thinking that the less-formal phone interview allows candidates to under-prepare, lapse into casual mannerisms or otherwise "coast." To avoid this potentially job-killing situation, we've come up with the following list of 10 things that you should never do during a phone interview. The tips were adapted from a recent article from Glassdoor, and they cover everything from background noise to acceptable discussion material, as well as preparation and proper phone etiquette. By recognizing these miscues and adopting the best practices included here, you'll better position yourself to make it to the next step—which hopefully will be an in-person interview. "These days, phone interviews are an unavoidable part of the job interview process, and for good reason: They save everyone involved time and effort," according to the Glassdoor article. "But that doesn't mean that phoners require zero energy on the part of the candidate. … Many companies treat phone screens as the official first round of the hiring process. That means candidates are expected to go into them prepared with as much information about the company, position, and their own skills and strengths as possible."

This article was originally published on 2017-09-14
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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