Job candidates are increasingly finding that part of the job application process includes a telephone interview where companies seek to screen candidates efficiently, reduce their costs and at the same time reduce the number of applicants invited to a face to face interview.

If you do not prepare for telephone interviews, then you could seriously lose out on that ideal next career move. A telephone interview is a chance for you to put across your personality and to make a good first impression. Most interviewers make up their minds about a candidate within the first 10 seconds so it’s important to be prepared!

How to prepare for a telephone interview.

To achieve real success in a telephone interview you must take time to prepare. Whilst it may not feel as important as a face to face interview – it certainly is.

Mock Telephone interview

It is essential before you undertake the interview to practice beforehand with a mock telephone interview. Ask a friend or member of your family to assist you and record on your mobile phone the session. Then listen back to the recording and check how enthusiastic your voice sounds – if it sounds flat then you need to change the pitch of your voice during the interview to show how enthusiastic you are. Smile when you dial!

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