7 tips for mastering the phone interview
Prepare your materials
A few days before the phone interview, spend time familiarizing yourself with the job, company, and industry of the organization. Peruse the company blog and browse their PR and media links. Print anything that sparks questions and have it with you during the interview. Also, write a few questions down about the job, company and for the interviewer. A good question to ask a hiring manager is what made them want to join the company.
If you are not a morning person, don’t schedule the phone interview too early in the day. Shoot for the time of day where you are able to focus the best and don’t calendar anything right before or after the phone interview.
Tune in to a podcast or listen to an audio book for 15 minutes each day before the interview. Play back what you heard in your mind and write it down on paper. Check your notes by replaying what you heard. Learning to narrow your hearing will ensure you won’t miss a word and keep you from having to ask the interviewer to repeat himself.