Common Phone Interview Mistakes

In this globalized economy, it is inevitable that job seekers will apply for positions outside of their immediate proximity. Interviews can take place over video chat and by phone. The phone interview is the least intimidating of the two. You don’t have to dress up, watch your posture, maintain eye contact, or do any of the things necessary in an in-person interview. Yet, a phone interview can become a haphazard presentation. To ensure this does not happen, take note of the following common phone interview mistakes:

1. Not Having A Reliable Phone Connection

This mistake will ultimately make or break a potential hire. Most will be surprised how frequently this mistake occurs. If you are scheduled for an interview and cannot ensure an uninterrupted phone time, reschedule it. The common adage is to use a landline; however, this is unnecessary if you are in an area where your cell phone’s signal is 100% and your phone is charged. Do not pace as you might end up where service may be unclear.

2. Having Distractions

Chances are if you have distractions, you will be distracted and will sound distracted. Employers are looking for focused employees so don’t leave them with a first impression of you as someone who is distracted. Find a quiet place away from distractions for your phone interview.

3. Ranting

Your interviewer is busy. For your phone interview, answers should be in the most condensed format without sparing necessary details. Time is money and the spoken word is not an exception. Practice your answers or make a checklist with bullet points you would like to address about yourself so you do not rant.

4. Not Communicating Confidence

In an in-person interview, body language is the primary gauge of reading a person. In the phone interview, your tone of voice and delivery will be the measure. Practice sounding enthusiastic. Create variety in your pitch and tone by modulating your voice. This avoids sounding very monotonous.

5. Not Sending A Follow Up Thank You

Get your interviewer’s information and send a ‘Thank You’ email. Ask for a business card at the end of your interview or make sure you write down their contact information. This will make a huge difference and will certainly communicate that you are responsive person. Not sending a thank you email shows your ambivalence towards the job.

The phone interview involves just as much prep work and mindfulness as a sit down interview. Remember to avoid these mistakes for success. 

Patrick Coughlin is a marketing intern with Consultants 2 Go.