Etiquettes to Follow for a Telephonic Interview

It is extremely rare for a job applicant to get selected or appointed simply through a telephonic interview. Nevertheless, if you’ve been shortlisted by your prospective employer as a potential candidate for the advertised job position and he or she wants to conduct an interview on telephone first then you should give it your best shot. Your telephonic interview is in fact, a screening process or an elimination procedure to be more precise, as it helps your employer decide whether to shortlist you for the final round. Therefore, if you want to sound convincing and confident to your interviewer or employer over the phone, then there are quite a few etiquettes that you should follow.

1. Do Your Homework Much Before The Scheduled Interview
You might not be aware that the individual who’ll be taking your phone interview is conversant with holding such interviews. So, never underestimate the person who is on the other side of the phone. He or she’ll be able to make out whether you’re browsing through the organization’s website while answering the questions. Needless to say, you should do your homework well in advance and not leave anything to chance. Try to gather as much information as you can about the establishment you’re looking forward to join. Also keep yourself updated about current affairs by going through the newspaper everyday.  

2. Avoid Munching on Snacks While The Interview is On
A telephonic interview can make you feel nervous or jittery even though you cannot see your interviewer. In order to keep your cool and soothe your frayed nerves, you might be tempted to munch on snacks or chew gum. You may be under the impression that gorging on foodstuff while fielding the posers is perfectly all right as you are not visible to the interviewer. However, he or she can always pick up the sound of your munching or chewing. Drink water or have a cup of tea if you feel stressed out.

3. Always Give a Landline Number as Your Contact Number
Giving your cellphone number as the contact number could more often than not, put you in a spot. You’d be required to keep your mobile phone constantly with you as the interviewer may not necessarily tell you in advance the time when he or she would give you a call. Giving a landline number would mean that you’d have to confine yourself to a room and wait for your employer or interviewer to call up. You can also take preparations to seclude yourself during the interview.

4. Be Inquisitive But Only Upto a Point
You should always allow the interviewer do most of the interrogation while you’re on the phone. However, that does not imply that you cannot ask anything by yourself. Have a list of scrupulously composed questions ready beforehand. And write all the questions on a single sheet so that you don’t need to shuffle papers.

5. Never Interrupt
Try to be as patient as possible during your telephonic interview. Pay heed to all the questions that are being asked. Don’t hesitate or feel embarrassed to request the interviewer to repeat any question that was not audible to you. Never interrupt or stop your interviewer in the middle of a question.

6. Dress Up or Rather Dress Down
You’re most likely to be in your home and in your pyjamas when the call comes through. Consider dressing up formally as you’d do for a face to face interview.  Being in business attire will get you in the groove and make you feel professional.

7. Keep All Your Documents Handy
Although your interviewer may have copies of all your testimonials, he or she would still like to hear from you about your academic and professional qualifications and past work experience. Keep all your documents handy. Better if you can paste them on the wall in front of you.   

Remember, your telephonic interview is as good as your face to face session. Just follow the above guidelines if you want your interviewer to select you for the final round.         

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