Employers receive 100+ resumes for every 1 job they post. The whole process of posting a job, reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, extending a job offer, and training a new hire is very long and tiring. So, employers use phone/Skype interviews to assist them with the process. By using these tools, employers are able to narrow down the potential candidates to the top 3 they want to bring on site. That being said, there are certain things to consider with each one so that you make the most of the interviews.
1) TREAT THEM AS REGULAR INTERVIEWS
They are still interviews and should be taken just as seriously as a regular interview. Remember, you have to pass this stage to get to the next stage which is the on site interview.
2) NO NOISE OR DISTRACTIONS IN THE BACKGROUND
For phone interviews, you should not have any noise in the background i.e. music, dog barking, roommate talking, phone ringing, etc. For Skype interviews, there shouldn’t be any distractions in the view of the camera i.e. messy desk, tv on in the background, etc.
3) PRACTICE IN ADVANCE
Have a friend call you on the phone and ask you some questions so you get used to answering questions over the phone without seeing the person you are speaking to. For Skype, practice speaking so you will know how to adjust the volume. See what colors show up best on the computer to help you decide what to wear.
4) EXPECT MORE THAN 1 PERSON TO CONDUCT THE INTERVIEW
Because they don’t have the luxury of interviewing you face to face they will more than likely have someone else sit in on the interview to help them get a feel for you. So, don’t be surprised if you are interviewed by more than 1 person.
5) SMILE AND BE ENTHUSIASTIC
Use your personality and enthusiasm to make up for the fact you are not there in person. Your excitement should be “felt” through the phone and the computer screen.