Got a Phone Interview for a Job? How to Ace a Phone Interview


First of all, congratulations and well done! Nothing beats the feeling of getting an interview invitation, except perhaps getting a job offer. However, you want to make sure you’re ready to smash it.  So that means scheduling the interview at your convenience so you can be prepared.

Below is a list of things you need to know in order to be prepared for your phone interview. These are essential tips you definitely don’t want to overlook.


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12 things that YOU need to know to ace you audio-only interview


1. Get dressed as if going to an in-person interview. Why? Because it creates professional attitude and mindset.

2. Answer the phone correctly. eg. “Good morning/afternoon. This is FULL NAME speaking.”

3. Find a quiet room with no interruptions.

4. Wear earphones or pods to eliminate background noise.

5. Silence all other notifications on your phone and laptop (if open).

6. Keep your laptop, pen and paper, and a copy of your CV/Resume at hand.

7. Have written prompts ready especially for the questions that you wish to ask.

8. Don’t slouch on the couch. Chair and table/desk, or stand and/or pace. Standing promotes voice projection.

9. Don’t eat, smoke or chew gum.

10. Have a glass of water at hand.

11. If it’s a phone panel interview, you need to attach voice to name very quickly, and use them when you address each interviewer.

12. Thank the interviewer(s) for their time at the end of the call. Send a follow-up “Thank you” email within 6-8 hours. Smiles can be seen but also “heard!” All other usual interview protocols apply.


Pro-tip: Remember that interviews are a 2-way conversation, so don’t YOU perceive them as interrogations!


Comment and share your thoughts if this list has helped you with your interview


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