Top tips for telephone interviews

Avoid background noise – stay away from crowded or noisy environments when conducting a telephone interview. You may like the idea of nestling up in your favourite coffee house to settle your nerves, but your interviewer won’t appreciate having to distinguish your voice from the whistle of a milk steamer.

Don’t rush – You may be tempted to speak more rapidly on a telephone interview than in real life, but it’s important that you set a steady speech pace. The interviewer will need to be able to understand what you are saying. Also blurring your words together will make you seem nervous.

Don’t ramble – Although a telephone interview may feel more relaxed than a face to face scenario you shouldn’t treat it like you’re having a telephone conversation with your friends. Remember you are in a formal situation and you must treat it as such. Most telephone interview questions can usually be comprehensively covered in 2-4 minutes.

Smile – Yes we know the interviewer won’t be able to see it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing it. Smiling will alter the tone of your voice and make you sound happier and uplifted.

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