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Pre-interview

Pre-interview

You must prepare thoroughly for a telephone interview. Ensure you understand the role and the organisation and make sure you have prepared a suitable location for the call.

It is really important that you prepare for a telephone interview in the same way as you would for a face-to-face interview. Follow these rules to make sure you are ready and waiting for that phone call.

The Rules:

  • Do your research. Think about why you want this particular role with this particular company and be ready to use this information.
  • Read through the person specification. Prepare examples of where you have used the skills and qualities the employer lists as essential for the role.
  • Read through the job description. Make sure you understand what the job entails. Prepare examples of relevant experience you have.
  • Check your phone. Are the ring tone and voicemail message appropriate? Make sure the battery is charged.
  • Have a pen and paper ready.
  • Prepare a suitable place to take the call – a quiet room with no noise or distractions.
  • Dress for the occasion. This may sound strange but taking the call dressed appropriately will help your mind set.
  • Treat it like a face-to-face interview. Don’t sniff, chew, eat, drink or smoke.