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How to have a successful telephonic interview

Prepare well

  • Never jump to take an unexpected or unplanned call. Excuse yourself and ask for the call to be rescheduled.
  • Keep your resume handy.
  • Rehearse answers related to your accomplishments as this is a commonly asked question and a good way to impress the recruiters.
  • Keep your research material ready to act as reference point.
  • Stay ready to take notes.
  • Keep yourself calm in body and mind.
  • Make sure you need no break during the call, not even for getting a glass of water or attending to nature’s call.
  • Turn off call waiting on your phone.
  • Turn off your stereo, TV and any other possible interruption.
  • Have a glass of water handy. Warm up your voice while waiting for the call.
  • Finally, be ready with the answers to the basic questions and rehearse them in front of the mirror to gain confidence.

 Perform well

  • Listening skill is a crucial component during the interview process. Comprehend the questions well and give to the point answers.
  • Avoid talking in between and let the recruiter complete his thought or question before you speak.
  • It is important to speak at a slow pace and be clear so that the interviewer can understand what you are saying.
  • Do not use unprofessional language and sound courteous and polite. Thank the interviewer once the interview process is complete.

 Most importantly keep your tone pleasant as most interviewers are experienced and can easily judge the comfort level of the candidate, so it is important to smile and stay relaxed.

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