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How to Prepare for a Telephone Interview

In recent years, as a society we’ve become more and more reliant on using technology as part of our everyday lives. The same is true in the recruitment industry, with technology proving to be incredibly useful in connecting candidates with the right clients.

At JS Recruitment we have found that telephone and video interviews have become a pivotal part of our recruitment process, without compromising on our personalised approach. Technology means we are not limited by location and can therefore connect with potential candidates more conveniently regardless of geographical region, removing any constraints.

Candidates tell us that the telephone interview is useful as they find this part of the recruitment process less daunting, having had some form of contact with us prior to a face-to-face interview.

So how should a you prepare for a telephone interview?

1 Preparation

Preparation for any kind of interview is key! Check your diary and pick a time that is suitable for you so that you can put all your focus on the interview. If you are juggling a busy calendar, perhaps set a reminder on your phone so that you will be organised on the day.

2 Don’t get caught out

On the day make sure that your phone is charged! As brilliant as technology can be, we can often be caught out by battery life so make sure if you’re using your phone beforehand, have a charger ready just in case. It’s also worth having a pen and paper handy in case you need to make notes or jot any important information down.

3 Do your research and ask questions

Take the time to find out about the company you are interested in working for and/or the recruitment consultancy you are working with. Think about questions you may want to ask during the interview as this shows you are serious about your career and interested in the role you’re applying for.

4 Find a quiet space

On the day of the phone interview it is important that you can present yourself as best as possible. Find a space where you can talk without distractions or interruptions and therefore give yourself the best possible chance of selling yourself. Have a glass of water on hand to keep nervous dry mouths at bay!

5 Be yourself and try to relax

Under pressure people can sometimes feel that they have to act differently to impress recruiters. You wouldn’t have been considered for a telephone interview if we weren’t impressed with your CV – so use the opportunity to fill in the gaps and show us your personality. Easier said than done, but try to relax and don’t speak too fast – we don’t want to miss out on something important!


If you have any questions about telephone interviews or would like to contact us with any other recruitment enquiries, please do not hesitate to call the team on: 01977 269069.

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