Tips For Nailing A Telephonic Interview

Today telephonic interview become a crucial step in candidate selection. It is is the first contact the candidate establish with the company. Making it right will help you to short list for face to face interview. Follow below tips to avoid common mistakes.


1.  Should i use earphones?

Yes. It will help you in listening interviewer’s voice clearly. Moreover, it will also push background noise away. Both your ears will support you to understand & hence you respond effectively.

2. Where should i be physically?

This is one of the crucial factor in telephonic interview. Choose a place where

  • No/less disturbance.
  • Better mobile network coverage.

Ignoring this may lead to a plenty of distractions and disturbances. For example: Not been able to understand what a recruiter is saying frequently & thus letting him/her doubt your listening skills.

3. Should i turn the mobile data off?

Yes. You should. Without any doubt. Mobile internet does affect the reception of the call. You may not be given a second chance. So let it hibernate. Your WhatsApp friends can wait.

4. How i should i speak?

Keep your speed low, pay attention to your words and take time to make your interviewer understand your answers. Your speech is the most importing deciding factor for cracking any telephonic interview.

5. Should i use verbal nods?

Yes you should. Verbal nods like hmmhmm, aanhaan, okkay will make the recruiter feel that you understand what he or she may be saying. It builds a flow in the conversation.

6. Should i apologize for interrupting?

Absolutely. One of the important telephonic interview tips perhaps.

7. How should i close my answers?

Since you and the interviewer do not see each other, so it is important to close the answer in an effective way. Best way to do is to end it with phrases like “and this is why …., that’s about my experience etc. It will let the recruiter know that you have finished answering & it is his turn now to speak.

8. What if i feel thirsty?

Mute the call & sip. Make sure you are still listening to what he recruiter is saying. Using earphone will make it easy for you.

9. What if the call gets disconnected?

Do not call back immediately. Most likely, the interviewer will call you back. Two parties dialing each other at the same time land in no man’s land. So wait for the recruiter to revert.

Apart from above tips, always keep a pen and notebook with you.

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