How to Master the Telephone Interview



Telephone interviews are getting more common these days.

A phone interview will give the employer an idea of what kind of person you are.

If you are nervous, you will come across as not being confident, and probably not the right candidate for the job.

In this article, I want to discuss five tips to help you excel and master your phone interview.


Be Prepared

Be prepared for the interview. Even if you are at home and you don’t feel like getting out of your pajamas, it’s important that you prepare as if you are going to meet the person face to face.

Dressing up will make you psychologically ready, and you will have the right mindset.


Avoid Multitasking

You need to focus all your attention on the interview.

Avoid doing household chores like laundry, feeding the baby or pet when you are interviewing.

A friend of mine was doing a phone interview and cooking at the same time. Some hot oil jumped off the pan, and she used a curse word.

The interviewer suddenly had no more questions for her, and she did not get the job.

It is best to sit down and do nothing but talk on the phone.

You can easily misinterpret the questions asked if your attention is divided.


Smile as much as you can. Smiling will make you sound upbeat and engaged and you will come across as being more positive.

When you smile you sound more confident.


Control your Environment

Make sure the background is quiet.

There is nothing as bad as a loud TV show or loud music in the background of a telephone interview.

Background noise  is not professional and may put-off the interviewer.

If you live near noisy traffic, you want to close the windows and door and go to the quietest part of your house.


Ask Questions

At the end of the interview, you want to ask a couple of questions, however, avoid asking questions about your salary as this is usually a preliminary interview.

If you start talking about your pay, this may give the impression that your interest is more about the money and not the job.

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  1. WNJ says:

    Who does an interview while cooking or frying? Better concentrate on the interview. And also asking the interviewer about the salary, that’s a big NO nurses! Better ask something else if you need to clarify something,or just no, you should know the full details on the job before you applied.

    • Joyce says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. You need to concentrate fully on the phone interview.