Have you ever had a phone interview or video interview that just felt awkward? Maybe there was a weird silence or a baby screaming in the background. Well if you have a job interview on the phone or video coming up, no fear – this post will tell you how to how to ace it. Promise!
It’s unlikely that we’ll be heading back to our offices anytime soon with the pandemic. But even if we do in the future, a lot of recruiters want you to do a telephone interview before going on to the official job interviews with hiring managers.
I’ll be honest; there is something smoother about being in person for job interviews. You can read the interviewers body language, maybe have some non-video/phone small talk at the beginning while you walk down the hallway. But, there are disadvantages as well. At home, you can have your notes right in front of you. You can have a glass of water nearby so you avoid vocal fry. Heck, you can even look at yourself (if your on video) while you are speaking to make sure there’s no food in your teeth.
Ring ring, let’s dive in. Here’s eight ways to ace your next phone or video interview.
Eight Ways To Ace Your Next Phone or Video Interview
Confirm The Logistics
During your next phone or Zoom interview, make sure you confirm the logistics in advance. There is nothing more awkward than having your interview wait on Zoom (or calling you and you not answering). If you having a phone or video interview coming up, make sure you confirm the logistics with your interviewer before hand.
This can be as easy as a pre-meeting email confirming the time, date and method of interview. Easy peasy!
Research Your Interviewer
If you have a phone or video interviewer coming up, make sure to research your interviewer. This is especially important over the phone because you can’t make that face to face connection.
In any interview, one of my favorite preparation tricks is to make sure you are researching your interviewer. You heard me, Google, LinkedIn and try and get a good gage of who you’ll be talking to during the interview. If you can drop in the conversation that you did your research, even better.
Preparation is an important part of any interview, and you should treat a phone or video interview the exact same.
Dress The Part
Make sure you dress the part (professionally) for your next phone or video interview. Dressing professionally (at least on top!) is a huge part of the video interview process. It will not only make you seem more prepared, but definitely have more of an effect on your appearance in being professional.
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If you can, use headphone with a mic when you are doing a phone or video interview. I find this eliminates a lot of the background noise. The white apple headphones that have a mic near the volume button are perfect for this.
If you don’t have headphones with a mic, you can also follow the below step to make sure you are all set for your phone or video interview.
Test Your Sound in Advance
If you have a phone or video interview coming up, consider testing your sound or video in advance. A lot of times, companies will have a specific platform that they need to conduct the interview on.
Whether its Zoom or Hangouts, you may need to download new software onto your computer in order to be able to have your interview. Figure this all out in advance and even test your sound. The worst would be to waste time during your interview doing that awkward, “I can’t hear you can you hear me” situation.
Know Your Resume
One of the most important areas of an interview is to make sure you know your resume inside and out to talk through it. You can even have it up on your laptop while your talking. This way – you will hit all your talking points. Most likely, you’ll be asked, “Tell me about yourself” and you want to be able to talk through your resume during that time. A phone interview doesn’t mean that you can take the interview any less seriously.
Keep Your Notes on your Laptop
One of the major advantages of phone or video interviews is that you can sneakily have notes on your laptop. I’ll say this once – you don’t want to make it seem like you are LOOKING at notes, so definitely pay attention to how you place your notes on your screen. That being said, it’s a great way to be over-prepared for your interview if you have your phone up on your computer.
I personally like to make a Google doc with notes about the interview and will always have them up while on video or on the phone.
Lastly, don’t forget to still ask questions at the end of your job interview. This will show that you have great initiative and really care about the job. Make sure you get a good sense of what they are looking for as well. This way you can be even more prepared for a second round of interviews.
What will you do differently in your next phone or video interview? Comment below!