Tips to nail a phone interview
Many modern employers are opting for preliminary phone interviews before inviting applicants to the office for an in-person chat. Lucky for you, you won't have to iron your slacks just yet, but you should keep in mind that phone interviews are just as, if not more, important than face-to-face talks. They are the stepping stone to getting you into the office, and most recruiters consider the first impressions of these long-distance conversations to be extremely lasting. Here are a few ways you can secure the chance to get an in-person interview:
Do your homework
The best way to show an employer you want the job is to do a bit of research. Not only should you look at the company's website, but you should also look at their social media outlets, whether they're on Twitter, Facebook or even Pinterest. Get a feel for their online presence, because they're likely looking at yours.
Research your interviewer, too. That doesn't mean you should leaf through their Facebook photos, but definitely look up their LinkedIn profile, check out which school they went to or their job experience - you never know when you could find a commonality to break the ice during the phone conversation.
Try to avoid being a goody two-shoes and just be yourself. You don't have to shamelessly plug your credentials, which your interviewer has already read through, but you should instead focus on letting your personality ring out through your voice. Being articulate and clear is important as well. Another great way to sound positive over the phone is to look happy - keep a smile on your face to ensure your tone is light and conversational.
Akin to sending thank-you letters to grandma and grandpa after they send you yet another box of homemade preserves, interviewers appreciate a simple token of your appreciation after a phone call. You don't have to email them seconds after you hang up, but you should write a quick, casual note and send it either the next day or before the work week is done. If you still haven't heard from your prospective employer in a week or more, don't be afraid to call them and give them a friendly reminder that you're still interested in the position.