Telephone interviews are just that, a telephone conversation with a recruiter. These usually take place at the start of the recruitment process so that the recruiter can get a feel for the candidate. These are at a time pre-agreed upon by you and the interviewer and most don’t last longer than 30 minutes. There’s no cause for too much concern at this point, really. Recruiters mainly use telephone interviews to screen for weaker candidates in as cost-effective a way as possible, before whittling it down to the gems in the later stages of hiring.
Making sure you nail your telephone manner, communicate your knowledge, and come across in a clear understandable way is really important.
The important thing with telephone interviews is to not forget the fundamentals. As much as having a good grasp of the knowledge you’ll need later on in the interview process will help you here, making sure you nail your telephone manner, communicate your knowledge, and come across in a clear understandable way is just as important. You’ll be surprised, recruiters can tell a lot about a person’s organisation and personality from one phone call. Here’s a few tips on being successful at this stage: