Throughout my 18 years in recruiting, a question I get from candidates is how they can showcase their personality in a phone interview. Some 1st interviews can be over the phone, making it tough to make that connection that you could otherwise face-to-face.
For example, on a phone interview you can’t reference something you see in the room to break the ice. One suggestion is to ask a question that will force the interviewer to talk a bit about himself/herself. One of my favorites is: “I did a little research on LinkedIn before our call and noticed that you were at X before you joined Y. I’m sure you had many opportunities; what made you decide to come here?” This allows you to make that personal relationship with your interviewer by prompting them to share their own experience.
Another basic piece of advice is…SMILE!! Even though the interviewer can’t see you, they will be able to pick up on your energy. Smiling is proven to affect your vocal tone, causing it to be more positive/friendly. Positivity is contagious and can help you stand out in the crowd.
With some companies choosing to use phone interviews at early stages of the screening process, this presents a great opportunity for candidates to stand out in the crowd by making that personal connection.
Kent Elliott, Principal, About Kent
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