Tips for a Successful Phone Interview


Phone interviews are popular these days for a good reason: efficiency. They save everyone’s time and effort.

However, they also miss communication cues that are present during typical face-to-face interviews, which makes phone interviews a little trickier.

1. Remove distractions

Distractions are your worst enemy. Beware of anything that might take your attention away, whether its sound or vision.

Try making the phone call indoors and pay attention to the slightest sound, like traffic or washing machine, as smartphones might pick them up.

Turn off phone notifications beforehand. Make sure the area is clean before you start the phone call. The less distraction, the more focused you’ll be.

2. Set the mood 

Although a phone interview does not require you to dress up, it is always a good idea to dress like a professional. Appearance might be key to helping you portray the confidence you need.

3. Prepare beforehand 

Perhaps the best thing about doing a phone interview is that you get to keep a “cheat sheet”. Take note of all the things you want to say, including answers to possible questions that you research in advance.

Place your resume, company information, and job description at your fingertips. Keep a notepad with you and take notes. Also remember to prepare a 30-second elevator speech, explaining why the company should accept you for the position.

4. Recheck your tech

The last thing you want is for the phone signal to break or your video to lag. Find a place where the signal is strong and internet connection is reliable. And then do a test run to make sure your mic and camera are working properly.

5. Be aware of your body language

Your voice sounds warmer and friendlier when you smile. Smiling is also proven to improve your own mood and attitude, which leads to a successful interview.

Another helpful tip is to stand up during the phone call. Standing up when talking results in a clearer voice. This can also channel your confidence and determination.

6. Never interrupt

A challenge in doing phone interviews is not knowing when to start or stop talking. Insert longer pauses between your sentences and let the interviewer finish before you reply to ensure a smooth conversation.

7. Always ask questions

Take note of some questions that popped up during the phone call and ask them before you wrap up. Questions like “How will my work performance be evaluated?” might help you appear interested and engaged with the conversation and the job.

8. Follow up

Make the time to send a “thank you for your time” email after the interview. Keep it short and simple. Doing this can help you stand out from the rest of the candidates and show that you are enthusiastic and organized.