Tips to handle a telephonic job interview

If you are a job seeker who has applied for several job postings and waiting to get calls from prospective employers, here are some tips to help you nail the telephonic job interview well.
 
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In today's digital times, the initial job screening process involves getting on a video call interview. However, there are still many employers who consider first taking the first round of interviews in a telephonic discussion. If you are a job seeker who has applied for several job postings and waiting to get calls from prospective employers, here are some tips to help you nail the telephonic job interview well.

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1) Prepare yourself well:

So if you have applied for seven jobs in a day, write down each job title, company name, and something important about the company you have noticed on their website or in news. When you get a call from any of the companies, you can open your notepad or word document where you have done your research and start relating to the job as the employer asks questions to you. Please remember the company name well even if you don't have access to your word doc or notepad when the call comes. Because it becomes really embarrassing when you sound confused when the HR says that she got your resume or application and you have no idea which company she is talking about.

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2) Listen carefully:

When you are not in a face-to-face meeting, all you have access to is the verbal communication that gets passed on to you in a telephonic job-related call. So, take a paper and pen or open a word document to listen carefully to whatever your HR wants to share about the job opening and her questions related to your profile and then start responding.

3) Speak confidently:

Your body language may not be seen by the employer during the telephonic round of the interview so you can chill even if you are in informal attire. But all you would be judged during the telephonic round of interviews is how confident you speak and how assertive you are when HR asks questions that may also involve the salary expectations. Remember you need to be specific and not confused when the part of salary or job timings come. If you stay in a location that is quite far from your company location, you need to be clear about how much you can travel and how many days you can get to work from home right from the start. This will create a transparent rapport between you and the employer.

4) Ask for the next steps in the call itself:

Your employer may ask her a round of questions and may want to close the conversation by saying they will get back to you soon. But you have all rights to know how soon their follow-up would be and if at all you get selected, how you would be contacted. You need the answers right away so that you can plan for your job ahead. So, asking for details about the next process of the job interview will only show how interested you are to take up the job.

Good luck with your job interview and please don't get dishearted if you are still not getting the right call from the right company. Keep trying and you will surely get the best out of the lot.