Telephone interviews are often the first step in an interview process. The main difference between these and a face-to-face interview is that you cannot see the people or read their body language and nonverbal cues.
The main benefits for you include
Having your materials in front of you for easy access.
Feeling less pressure since it isn’t in person and can be on your own “turf.”
Accessing opportunities without having to travel to them initially.
You should prepare for a telephone interview just as you would for an in-person one. This includes
Dressing professionally—when you dress professionally you tend to speak, act, and feel more professional.
Smile—interviewers can “hear” the smile in your voice.
Avoid distractions—roommates, pets, television, and other distractions can take your focus away from the interview. Find a quiet, private location for your phone interview.
- Have a good connection—make sure, if using a cell phone, that your signal is strong. It might hurt your chances if an employer has difficulty hearing you or the call gets disconnected as the result of a dropped call.