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4 Ways to Ace a Phone Interview

Feb 6, 2020 |
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Mitchell Riley |
Maintain a good posture

Whether you’re looking for a desk job or applying for a construction job, there’s a common denominator to all kinds of jobs that sends a chill down your spine—an interview.

Sweaty palms, shaking legs, and a stuttering voice are some ways through which the anxiety manifests for the dreaded interview—especially now that phone interviews are becoming an important part of the recruiting process.

A phone interview can be an unnerving experience, perhaps even more so than a face-to-face interview in some ways—and that’s why we’re here to help you prepare for them!

If you’re a job seeker and want to polish your phone interview skills, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you out. 

Maintain a good posture

Let’s start with an uncanny one—how is a posture going to affect the phone interview? It’s not like the interviewer can see how you’re sitting, right? 

Much like how someone can detect a smile in your voice, an interviewer will be able to gauge how disciplined you are over the phone. If you want to convey a professional demeanor over the phone, an appropriate body language is the best way to do it.

Rehearse your answers

Perhaps the best thing about phone interviews is that you can make notes or pointers on what you’d like to say during an interview without the interviewer finding out about them. However, most of us take this for granted and end up reading the answers off a piece of paper. We fail to realize that an interviewer can tell if your voice gets monotonous. 

So while you can keep a few notes to remind yourself of what to say next, it’s always best to rehearse the answers to ensure that it doesn’t sound like you’re reading them out loud.

Pause before answering

Since phone interviews are still somewhat unconventional, most people can’t figure out the right ways to answer questions—and in doing so, they end up answering immediately, which may make them sound unprofessional and lest.

By taking a small pause after a question, not only will you demonstrate your patience to the interviewer but you’ll also give yourself some time to collect your thoughts and give a confident answer. 

Maintain a balance of emotions

3 Silhouette of Man Under White SkyOne of the most common mistakes made by candidates is that they fail to take the tone of their voice into account. 

Since candidates are used to controlling their facial expressions in an interview, with phone interviews, they need to work extra hard to infuse their voice with the right amount of enthusiasm for the job as well as professionalism—this must be done to ensure that you don’t sound too phony or uptight during the interview.

Now that you have these tips to help you ace a phone interview, all that’s left to do is to start applying for jobs!

If you’re on the lookout for restoration jobs, our residential and commercial recruiting job seekers service can help you out! OPS Staffing specializes in matching talent with relevant opportunities. Get in touch with us today by calling us at + 1 (888) 482-6019. 

Posted: Feb 6, 2020
Posted by: Mitchell Riley
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