You have a stellar resume, outstanding achievements, and unrivaled skills — in short, you’re amazing.

By virtue of that, you caught a potential employer’s attention. They decided that they want to know you better, then knocked at your inbox:

“Can we have conduct a phone interview?”

A phone interview is as important as the direct ones, so you should prepare for both of them with the same effort. What are the do’s you should prepare to nail a phone interview? Read more to find out.

  • Preparation is important. Prepare required necessities usually needed for a face-to-face interview, such as your resume and a notebook.
  • Anticipate the questions.  Similar to the direct interview, you have to make sure that you are really interested in working at the company. Do some research about the company’s background including their mission and vision, browse related news, down to researching the board members.
  • Craft your answers. In a phone interview, it’s important to prepare your readiness in answering questions. Crafting your answers beforehand helps in answering more confidently, and it will reflect in your voice (because stuttering in an interview is never a good thing).
  • Nail the greeting. The beginning of conversation set the nuance for the entire interview. Pay attention to your opening lines, instead of saying “Hello?” try to say, “Hello, this is [your name] speaking.”
  • Don’t trail your answer. How often do you find yourself trailing answers? In an interview, finishing, or conjoining your answer with trail words such as “….so, yeah.”, “um…”, or “uh…” is bad, bad idea.
  • So what should you do? Use verbal cues. Instead of trailing your answer, finish your response by “That’s how I thought about [the problem].”
  • Speak clearly during the interview. Never, ever, interrupt the interviewer. Take your time to collect your thoughts, then answer.
  • Make your answer short and concise. Answer it curtly with necessary elaboration. Avoid rambling your answer at all costs.
  • Take notes. Jot down on what’s important regarding your potential job responsibilities.
  • Don’t forget to say thank you. Too often, this small gesture is overlooked due to nervousness. It’s too easy to take something for granted — don’t.

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