Some employers may make the decision to interview you over the phone before meeting with you for an in-person. In this case, it’s important to prep the same as you would for an in-person interview – but with a emphasis on a few different things. By skipping all the preparations with appearance and transportation, you have more time to focus on studying your experience and the company itself!
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1. Do your research – Take the time to get to know the company/organization you are applying with. Visit their website and check out the mission, upcoming events, and blog or newsletter. As aspiring Communications professionals, your tasks as an intern or employee will most likely involve working these portions of the business. It’ll be easy for you to relate your previous professional experiences to the company’s events, writing, and promotions.
2. Find an appropriate place to take the call – Make sure you have an area where you can sit down and take the phone call for an extended amount of time without being interrupted or distracted. Being distracted by the things and people around you could alter the way you answer a question, or simply leave you forgetting something important you really wanted to mention to the employer. It’s best to be alone when taking the phone call.
3. Listen – The heart of the interview is all about listening. Even though you are not sitting across from this employer at the moment, it’s essential that you are still 100% invested in the conversation. If you do need the interviewer to a repeat a question though, do not be afraid to ask; it’s better to have heard and understood the question correctly, then to answer it thinking it were a different question.
4. Articulate – Speak with the utmost interest and energy. Just as you are listening intently, the interviewer will be as well. It’s possible that the connection could be bad or a surrounding sound could interfere with your conversation, so by articulating, you are already preparing to be heard clearly no matter what. Make sure to smile throughout the conversation – the interviewer will hear smiling in your voice!
Would you prefer being interviewed over the phone or in-person? Why? Let us know!