It’s critically important to put your best foot forward during your phone interview. This is the first (and hopefully not the last!) time the company interacts with you. It’s your time to shine.
Technique #1: Have notes available
The significant advantage of a telephone interview is that you can keep various notes right in front of you during the interview (this would be awkward during an in-person interview!).
Your notes should include the job requirements, your resume, a few questions that you want to ask the interviewer at the end (always ask questions at the end of your interview), and high-level details about the company.
Technique #2: Stand up during the call
Believe it or not, standing up during your phone interview will make you sound more confident and engaging.
If you can’t stand, at least sit with proper posture. Yes, your interviewers can tell just by the sound and inflection of your voice if you’re slouching or seem bored.
Technique #3: Prevent distractions and background noise
Find a quiet room in your home and make sure your family knows that you’re interviewing over the phone.
Background noises distract everyone on the call (including you!), and too much noise can prevent you from interviewing well and getting the job. Whenever possible, use a closed-off room with a locking door.
Technique #4: Control your mute button!
Many of us use the mute feature on our phones when we aren’t actively talking but forget to unmute ourselves when we’re ready to speak.