Telephone Interview Preparation

In preparing for your phone interview, there are several things you can do. To prepare for an unexpected contact:

  • Tape your resume to a wall where you can view it while on the phone. It will be there for any call (planned or unplanned) and will be a constant reminder for your job search.
  • Keep all of your employer research materials within easy reach of your phone.
  • Have a notepad available to take notes.
  • Keep a mirror nearby (you will understand why in the next few pages).

If the phone interview is to occur at a set time, there are additional steps you can take:

  • Place a "Do Not Disturb" note on your door.
  • Turn off your stereo, TV, and any other potential distraction.
  • Warm up your voice while waiting for the call. Sing an uplifting song to yourself.
  • Have a glass of water handy, since you will not have a chance to take a break during the call.
  • Speaking of breaks, if your phone interview is at a set time, make sure you answer nature's call first.
  • Turn off call waiting on your phone.