How to nail your phone interview

13 tips to help you nail your next phone interview

9 Jun 2017

Have you got a phone interview coming up soon? We’ve got some tips to help you out.

Job interviews can be daunting enough, what with having to choose the right outfit, remembering to smile and listening without nodding too much.

After all, your body language can affect how well you do in a face-to-face job interview.

However, that doesn’t make the dreaded phone interview any less scary. Just because you can’t see your interviewer and they can’t see you, doesn’t mean you won’t be nervous.

There are a couple of additional worries that come with a phone interview. Will you be able to communicate your point as well as you would in person? What if your voice sounds weird on the phone?

It’s natural to be nervous, but don’t worry – there are a few techniques and tips to help you nail a phone interview.

Not only that, but there are actually some benefits that can come with doing a phone interview that don’t translate in person – not worrying about your body language for a start.

The other positive to your interviewer not being able to see you is that you can have some bullet points written in front of you.

This can be a cheat sheet with some information about the company, or it can be a list of skills you want to remember to hit when talking.

The key to this is to keep the reminders to one or two words, so you’re not left searching for the information. They may not be able to see your piece of paper, but they will be able to hear it in your voice if you’re reciting something.

You should also keep a pen and paper handy for any notes you might want to make during the actual interview.

And while we did say body language isn’t as important with a phone interview, there are a few physical things you can do that will make you sound more confident, from smiling when you talk to sitting up straight.

For more tips to help you nail your phone interview, check out the infographic below from NetCredit.

Phone interview infographic

Infographic: NetCredit

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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