Video interviews are more popular than ever, but phone interviews still happen quite frequently, too. Often, a phone interview comes first, followed by video interviews and then in-person interviews. So, how can you sell yourself in the right way during your next phone interview? Here are four tips:
#1: Craft an elevator pitch.
There’s a good chance the first thing the hiring manager will say to you is, “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” This is the perfect opportunity to give your elevator pitch. Come up with a 30- to 60-second blurb about yourself, what you do, your experience, and what sets you apart from other candidates. You can include some personal information as well if the hiring manager asks for it. The goal of the elevator pitch is to clearly and concisely get across who you are, what you stand for, and why you should be the company’s next hire.
#2: Quantify your achievements.
Rather than saying, “I helped improve patient outcomes as a part of my team,” say “My contributions to the team helped boost positive patient outcomes by 25% over the last fiscal year.” Quantifying your accomplishments in this way is a proven method for making an impact on hiring managers. They want to be able to visualize what kinds of differences you’ll make if you’re hired on—putting it in numbers and figures is the best way to do that.
#3: Ask good questions.
Almost all interviews, including phone interviews, wrap up with the hiring manager asking if you have any questions. Saying “no” is never a good idea. It makes you seem disinterested and lackadaisical about the position. Ahead of the interview, come up with a few targeted, unique questions about the job and the company at large. You’ll learn more about the role and make a good impression at the same time.
#4: Be friendly.
It might sound obvious, but being friendly and approachable over the phone is always recommended. Pay close attention to your tone of voice, your inflection, and your body language. Even though you’re not visible, the person on the other end of the line can tell a lot about your attitude simply through your voice. You don’t want to turn the hiring manager off by sounding guarded or defensive. A friendly tone of voice, on the other hand, will always make a good impression.
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