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.
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.
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.