Phone InterviewTelephone interviews are commonly used to narrow down the list of candidates for a job, to talk to candidates who live at a distance, or even to completely replace an in-person interview.

Phone interviews need to be approached with the same attitude as normal interviews. This means that you need to prepare for them in exactly the same way. Plan out the main points that you want to say, particularly any examples of work you have done in the past that proves you can do the job you trying to get. As you will be talking over the phone you can keep a list of these points handy, but don’t be tempted to plan entire answers, as you will probably sound stilted when you read them out.

Make sure that you are ready when they call. If you have arranged a time for the phone call then you should prepare a quiet space and get rid of any distractions or background noise. Arrange for anyone who lives with you to be out of the way during the interview. If you are not sure exactly when they will call then make sure you are quick to answer the phone, do so in a professional manner- and make sure that anyone else who might answer the phone will do so politely.

Having a good phone manner will be important. Speak slowly and clearly, and be polite and professional. This will be especially important when you are applying for a job that will involve dealing with people over the phone as the interviewer will be assessing your ability to do so as well as learning more about you.

It can help to sit at a desk or dress as if this was a face-to-face interview. If you feel professional, you are likely to sound more professional too.

Phone interviews can be followed up with a letter or email to thank the interviewer and show them how keen you are to get the job.