“Hello, hello, baby, you called? I can’t hear a thing. I have got no service, in the club, you see, you see. Wha-wha-what did you say, huh? You’re breaking up on me. Sorry, I cannot hear you, I’m kinda busy.”
Telephone interviews…why you should choose an opportune place and time to make or receive a call with an employer.
Telephone (or Skype) interviews are used by employers as a low-cost way of finding out more about applicants, before inviting them to a face-to-face interview or assessment centre.
- Keep your CV and application form in front of you so that you can refer to it.
- Have a pen and some paper near you so you can make notes.
- Make sure you are not going to be interrupted – find a quiet room, and switch off call waiting if you have it.
- Take your time – it’s fine to take time to think!
- If you are using your mobile, make sure it’s fully charged – there’s nothing worse than your phone cutting out!
- Prepare yourself by taking some deep breaths, be positive and think about the unique qualities that you can offer to the company.
- Have a look at the Careers and Employability Service’s webpage on How to perform well in a telephone or Skype interview for more hints and tips!