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How to prepare for a phone Interview

Ed. note: We’ve been on break for a while. This is a post from Lekan Olude who is currently away on business in London. We will shortly return with more updates

Though we rarely have phone interviews in Nigeria because of the huge number of people applying for a position, we should also put to note that sometimes, we would have chances to apply for International jobs and most time, the only way to conduct these interviews is through the phone.

So, phone Interview Ethics are increasingly becoming important for upwardly mobile people. Let’s look at some of the things you have to put to note when preparing for a phone Interview

1. Note the Time

It is always better if you note the time and date rather than having the Interviewer call you while you are in the Molue or BRT! This gives you an opportunity to make sure that you have all of the necessary materials and to discourage any interruptions from family members and friends. If, however, the interviewer says that he or she must call between a large window of time — for example, between noon and five o’clock — you’ll have to decide how you want to plan your day around the eventual call.

2. Choose the Best Spot
Be smart about deciding where you want to conduct your phone interview. In the kitchen while you are eating or the sitting room while you are watching a match? Pick a place that suits you but have it at the back of your mind that the spot where you have your interview can either make or mar you. If you have a room to yourself, try to be in there when the interviewer calls, and make sure that you’ve informed other people in the house that you aren’t to be disturbed. If it is a skype call, you should definitely choose an environment with good lightening. You can find a useful LED spot guide here.


3. Gather Materials

Just because you are on the phone doesn’t mean you won’t need supplies at your fingertips. Have a blank pad of paper and a pen, handy, so that you can take notes and a copy of your resume in front of you. If it makes you feel better, you can also jot down answers to potential questions so you’re prepared for whatever the interviewer decides to ask.

4. Watch your Voice and Tone
When people are nervous, they often talk too fast, or the tone of their voices goes up. The phone tends to magnify these problems, so you want to speak in a straightforward, normal tone of voice. When you answer the phone, try to sound relaxed and confident, and glad that you’re going to have a chance to do this interview. Set the tone early on. As you talk, remember this is a job interview. If you’re too relaxed, you many find yourself slipping into an excessively casual tone, and become too “buddy-buddy”. This isn’t your new best friend, so you shouldn’t get into the details of your personal life. Remember, you’re basically doing a sales job here – you’re selling the interviewer on you.

5. Be Focused

It is important to focus on the conversation and hear what the person is telling you. You can use the pen or pencil with the paper to take notes during the conversation. Listen. It is important to be attentive and sound interested in the opportunity while sounding positive and demonstrating your politeness. Focusing on the person answering the phone and taking part in the conversation could mean the difference of obtaining those “vital signals” which are often missed – especially when having a conversation over the phone.

Enough from me – let’s have a feel of your thoughts.

WRITTEN BY
Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell