Phone interview advice: Five tips for landing your dream job

Phone interviews are becoming increasingly common. They’re quicker and more convenient than their face-to-face cousins and can be very revealing if a job relies on communication skills, personality or phone manner. Which most do if we are being honest. They can also be tricky. Countless job seekers have been hindered by crackly reception, unexpected interruptions or have simply struggled to respond appropriately without visual hints. However, if a job you are applying for involves a phone interview you’ll need to know the dos and don’ts or that will be the end of your application. Want to know how it’s done? Read on for our top pointers for how to impress at a phone interview:- 1 Perfect your phone manner and make sure you are on guard at all times Not many people realise they need to work on their phone manner – but plenty do. We recently advertised for a position at our company. We didn’t conduct any formal phone interviews but we did ring applicants on the phone and it’s human nature to make an initial judgement about someone after just a few seconds of conversation. Well it’s our nature anyway – maybe we are just mean. One applicant abruptly asked “who is this?” when we asked if we had the right person. It wasn’t the end of the world but it put her on the back foot for the rest of the conversation. We all get frustrated with cold calls but it pays to be friendly – at least until you know who’s on the other end of the line! As soon as you send off your...