How to Prepare for Your Next Phone Interview

Over 60 percent of the tech managers we work with use phone interviews as a ‘get-to-know-you’ pre-qualifier before setting up an in-person meeting. This allows employers to maximize their time in the first round of interviews and reduce your travel time and expenses. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare!

It’s an important step that can set the tone for the rest of the interview process. And because you can’t convey the same energy over the phone as you can in a face-to-face meeting, you’ll want to find ways to compensate. Here’s how to put your best foot forward in a phone interview:

Show Your Confidence with Body Language

Showing that you’re confident and comfortable with yourself is one of the best skills in life, whether you’re looking for a job, date, or success of any kind. Confidence really does start on the inside, so start by being self-aware and unafraid to simply be the man that you are. However, body language can help you demonstrate this confidence to others, and it can also help reinforce and build confidence within you. Here are some great ways to use body language to show you are confident:

The Interview Technique Hiring Managers Want to See

Here at ProFocus, hiring managers tell us that interviews get tough for candidates when they start to ask behavioral based questions. We’ve heard that the candidates especially struggle when given the “tell me about a time…” type of question. Hiring managers ask these questions to let your past work performance prove what you’re capable of doing in the future.

The best technique for responding to these types of questions is the STAR technique. It works so well because it gives such a simple but powerful structure to demonstrate examples of how you handled applicable situations in the past. And the acronym STAR really helps you remember how to respond when you’re in the middle of a stressful interview! STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result.