Telephone Interview Tips to Help You Land the Job

Now more than ever, many employers are choosing to screen candidates via phone call or video chat. Tele interviews are convenient, effective, and safe during the pandemic.

If you are actively searching for a job, whether it be at a physical location or a remote position, you might find yourself scheduling telephone interviews with employers. Do feel comfortable talking to hiring professionals virtually?

7 Tips for telephone interviews

A telephone interview is much like an in-person interview. But, there are several things to consider that are unique to virtual interactions with employers. Make sure you’re ready for your next tele interview.

Prepare ahead

Just as it’s important to prepare when meeting employers in person, it’s equally crucial to do so for a telephone interview. It’s harder to build rapport with someone over the phone, so being prepared and knowledgeable can help you increase your chance of success.

Research the company you are interviewing for ahead of time. Take a look at its website and social media channels to get a sense of what the company does and values. Be ready to ask about the company and offer your point of view.

Charge your devices

Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a telephone interview and your phone dies. Take a look at what platform your interview is taking place. Is it a phone call? Will you be on a video Zoom meeting? Figure out which device makes the most sense for the interview and make sure it is fully charged.


Even if you’re not in the same space, employers can tell when you are unsure. Gain confidence by practicing answers to common interview questions ahead of time. Recruit a family member or friend to practice interview questions with you. Be able to speak on topics such as your background and job training, why you want the position, strengths and weaknesses, and what value you offer.

If you are interviewing on a video call, make sure that you are comfortable using the video app. Practice using video to figure out what space has the best lighting and where to position yourself in the camera. That way, you can focus on the conversation and not worry about navigating the video during your interview.


It’s easy to become more relaxed on the phone. During a telephone interview, make sure that you speak clearly and enunciate your words. Watch out for talking too fast, trailing off-topic, or saying things like “um” repeatedly. Keep your answers clear, friendly, and concise.


Interviewing from the comfort of home can also mean the opportunity for a lot of distractions. Since you’re not in the same room as your interviewer, it’s extra important to listen carefully to fully understand their meaning. If you are confused about a question, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

Write down notes

An advantage of a telephone interview is that you can have notes in front of you. Try to keep them neat and concise so that you can reference them quickly. Be sure to not sound like you are reading when answering questions.

Find out the next steps

Near the end of the interview, ask the employer about the next steps. This will give you an idea of what you can expect in the coming days and weeks. It also shows that you are interested in the position and ready to move forward with the company.

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