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How do you get better at phone interviews?

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Posted January 5, 2016 by
Category: Job Interviewing
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I've had a lot of phone job interviews lately, because I guess employers want to screen applicants better before bringing them in for an in-person interview. However, these interviews make me more nervous than in-person interviews!

It bothers me that I can't see the other person, so I don't know how they are reacting to what I'm saying. Plus, I always freak out whenever there is a pause. I know they are probably writing down the things I am saying, but in my head it makes me think they just don't have a reaction to what I said because it was so terrible or they are waiting for me to say more. Often, I just start rambling to fill the void, which I'm sure makes me come off as desperate and not well spoken.

So... any tips on how to improve?
Tags: job interview, phone interview, interview

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Gita Kumar
Posted January 11, 2016 by Gita Kumar
Hi K,

Firstly, congratulations on your phone interviews. Even getting to that step is a huge achievement with the number of job applicants to any particular position.

Second, it sounds like you need to relax and have more confidence. As you said, most pauses over the phone are so the interviewer can take down your information. Without body language cues, it can be hard to determine this; but just trust in the fact that 99% of the time this is what is happening. The same goes for the interviewer though - they can't see your body language to tell how confident you are. They can only hear your voice, so it's important you sound as confident and calm as possible!

Next, practice the questions you think they will ask you. Practice giving your answers in a concise way. Since it's a phone interview, you can even make notecards to have on hand so you don't forget any information. That way, when you do answer a question and are finished talking, you won't feel tempted to keep on talking when there is silence as you will know you have answered the question fully.