Friday fun: Hello, hello, baby, you called? I can’t hear a thing…

“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.

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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.

Top tips:

  • 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!
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2 thoughts on “Friday fun: Hello, hello, baby, you called? I can’t hear a thing…

  1. As an employer who regularly conducts telephone interviews I would have to really reiterate number 4. Students are often scared of silence on the phone. If you’re one of these people then say ‘I’m just going to take a few moments to think about that one’ and take your time – the interviewer will appreciate you considering your answer.

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