It’s all in the preparation
It may not feel as formal as a face to face one but a phone interview is definitely every bit as important so prepare as if it is. Research the company, the role, and also your interviewer and then decide on a couple of questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Why have a phone interview?
Phone interviews are often used as an initial, screening part of the interview process, usually to cut down the numbers to a shortlist of possible candidates who will then be invited to attend a face to face meeting. Alternatively, if the company headquarters is not local to you, you are moving to the UK from overseas, or even if the interviewer is not local to where the role will be based, you may only interview over the phone, so this could be your only chance to really sell yourself.
What to expect
Phone interviews will usually consist of a short set of questions, usually competency and/or strengthsbased, which the interviewer will ask all candidates so that they can judge each interviewee on the same level. Competency based questions mean you will be expected to provide an example of how you performed in certain situations, for example, how you worked effectively in a team to achieve a specific result.
However, more companies are now adopting a strengths-based interview approach. This focuses on finding out what kind of activities engage and inspire you. The theory being that when you are using your strengths, you perform at your best and also more rapidly learn new information.
Here are some tips to make the most of phone interviews:
In summary, take a phone interview as seriously as any form of face to face one and ensure you get the time to ask your questions too. If you want some practice then give us a call – the Park Street People team interview candidates by phone on a daily basis so we’re well versed in giving you some advice on this!