Telephonic Interviews: Know These Vital Tips To Crack The Initial Screening Process

Posted On January 11,2020

“We will schedule your telephonic interview on XX date at XX time. Be prepared.”

If you have applied for a job recently, you must have heard this line from the recruiter.

The recruitment process is expensive and time-consuming. That is why the interviewers have begun conducting a telephonic round as the first screening of a job application. The goal is to examine if a candidate matches the minimum requirements expected. 

You can not pick up the interviewer’s call without adequate preparation - your answers will decide whether your candidature will be moved ahead for the face-to-face interview. 

Our today’s blog throws light on some vital tips you should remember while giving a telephonic round of interview - 

Ensure a peaceful surrounding - We know you already understand the importance of a quiet environment. But, it was necessary to emphasize. You would not want an interviewer to hear the background noises or any interruptions.

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Choose a peaceful environment in your home where you can answer the questions without getting distracted. If you can not find a place in your home, you can also book a place in a near-by coworking space. Also, make sure that the network bandwidth should be available, else your conversation with the interviewer can break down. 

Listen to the interviewer patiently - You are eager to present your best answers and highlight your skills in the most compelling way possible - that is good. But, listening is essential to understand precisely what the interviewer is trying to communicate. 

Do not cut-off the interviewer. Hear him out patiently and then answer the question. 

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Skip the “What are you expecting” conversation - Interviewers also use the telephonic interview round to assess if a candidate fits into the company’s budget. But, if you quote a specific figure, it might curtail your chances too early. You could instead say, “ I am expecting the salary as per industry standards. Also, I would be keen to know more about my role, responsibilities, and avenues of growth.” 

Avoid usage of fillers and slang words - Slang words like “Heyaa, whatzz up, Cool, Okkzz, etc” can create a negative impression in the mind of the interviewer. Also, fillers like “umm, like, see, etc” show your half-hearted preparation. Do not use these words while speaking. 

Interviewers conduct telephonic screening for usually 20-30 minutes. “You should avoid giving too long answers as it can lose the interest of the interviewer,” says Neeraj Puntambekar, Co-Founder of Skill Prodigy. 

Adequate preparation can help you avoid any trouble in giving a telephonic interview. On the Skill Prodigy app, you can record your answers and feel more confident by getting feedback from the mentors.

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