Telephone interviews seem ideal, you can sit in the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to stress about how you look or what your body language is showing, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows!

Telephone interviews are on the up, they are a cost-effective way of interviewing lots of people in the early stages of the recruitment process, quickly & efficiently.

Telephone interviews tend to be much quicker than face to face interviews so take some time beforehand to think about exactly what you want to say and take the opportunity to make notes, there’s nothing stopping you referring to them during the interview..

Auckland CV writer King of CV says: “Keep it short & to the point!”

Try to keep your answers concise and to the point, telephone interviews are often about ascertaining your level of confidence, how you hold yourself in conversation, and how well you get your point across.

If you’re applying for a sales position but you can’t quickly sell the interviewer on your past experience then they’re not going to have much confidence in your selling ability.. They don’t want all of the fine details, just stick to the vital facts & always think about the type of terminology they use.

You might want to consider basing your responses off your CV, as this will re-affirm the same points they will have already picked up on in your CV, you might also wish to consider a professional CV service to give you a good boost of confidence and seriously help you to “ace your telephone interview”.

You can always add more..

Remember you can always add more to your response,  It can be a lot harder to determine a person’s reaction through a phone interview so questions like “would you like me to go on further” or “do you have everything you need” are good practice.

Some good steps to follow:

  • Pick a good time, a lot of people are at their optimum in the morning, make sure to clear the time before your interview too, you don’t want to clutter your thoughts..
  • Prepare some questions to ask them, it’s good to sound interested and enthusiastic, especially if they can’t see your body reactions.  – Remember that it’s only the early stages and you have plenty of time to ask questions like start-dates, salary and so on.. Try to find unique questions that others wouldn’t ask, this will show your enthusiasm & dedication to the job.
  • Make sure you are relaxed and focused before the interview, smile as you would in a real interview, you’ll be smiling to yourself but it can make you feel a whole lot more confident and positive!  Don’t allow yourself to slouch though, just like a real interview your body confidence has a huge effect on the confidence in your discussion
  • Take your time and don’t be afraid to gather your thoughts, there’s no point giving a half-hearted response because you rushed yourself, and if you need to always ask for clarification.  Interviewers are aware that you might need the time to think about a question, so use this to your advantage..