The simple tricks for your next phone interview

Aileen McCarney - 30/05/2018
Telephone interview

I recently read about the increased popularity of telephone interviews and how they're regularly used as a selection tool for first round interviews. Whilst they share many features of the traditional interview, they have their own unique characteristics and understanding these will help you maximise your performance.

Stand for attention

It's no joke! You’ll sound more self-confident and dynamic if you stand while you speak than if you sit. Walking around a bit, but not too much, also keeps the call going smoothly. If your body is confined, your speech sounds different than if you have run of the room. It’s one reason that the best speakers walk around instead of standing in one place at a podium.

Attend to your surroundings

Don’t take the interview when you are at your desk and can’t talk freely. Don’t take the call when there is too much noise in the background. And don’t rush from room to room or up and down the stairs because you don’t want to become breathless as that can subconsciously convey a lack of authority to someone who doesn’t know you.

Effective communication

Phone interviews remove body language from the equation. This means you need to work harder with voice and actual words to communicate your message across. Make sure to enunciate clearly, to choose your words carefully and to minimise filler words like “um” and “ah”.

A smile says a thousand words

I can’t stress enough how important it is to smile on the phone, it may seem silly but it really does engage the person on the other end of the phone, portrays enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Try doing a test run with a friend and you’ll notice you really can tell when they are smiling!

Cheat sheet

You don’t have this luxury at a face-to-face interview but you do during a phone interview. Have a copy of your CV, the job description, relevant notes and a pen and paper to take notes.

Positive close

Don’t forget a key component of a successful close, even for a phone interview, a follow up thank you email is essential.


Hopefully the above tips will help you to ace your next telephone interview. Please do not hesitate to contact us at La Crème recruitment for further advice.

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