Phone & Skype Interviews
A phone interview may be a preliminary interview to screen candidates, or it may the primary interview itself. You should approach a phone interview as formally as you would an interview on site, preparing as we recommend above.
Because of the unique nature of a phone interview, there are a few other guidelines you should consider:
- Smile as you speak—it will change the tone of your voice to make you sound positive and enthusiastic.
- Make sure to have your resume, cover letter, and the job description in front of you.
- If you dress appropriately and sit at a desk or table, it will remind you that this is not a casual conversation.
Be sure to treat a Skype interview as an in-person interview. Dress up and have your resume/questions for the employer/job announcement there in front of you. But further, make sure your computer is charged/or plugged in, and that the background that will appear behind you is bland or blank. And yes, you still need to send a thank you afterwards.