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    Phone Interview Things to note

    Today, majority of the companies in gulf region conduct phone interviews before

    inviting for a face-to-face interview. Perhaps the key decision maker of the interview is

    in some other country or travelling and may not be able to meet you in person. In this

    case too, a phone interview would be conducted. Considering the fact that a lot of work

    happen over the phone in the current work environment, assessment through phone

    interview is as crucial as assessment through face-to-face interviews. Here are few tips

    on how to effectively manage a phone interview

    1) Always provide a second contact number to the interviewer

    Always provide a second contact number saying if in case, my number xyz is

    not reachable , please do call me on abc. In an unforeseen situation of your

    primary number not being reachable, this will make sure you will never miss the

    interview.

    2) Confirm the day, time and time zone

    Given the probability that interviewer and recruiter could be in different time

    zones or if you are new to the gulf region, there could be possibility for confusion

    and hence miss the interview. Missing the interview is never a good sign. In

    order to avoid that, confirm the interview day, time and time zone with the

    recruiter or the person who coordinates the interview.

    3) Confirm who calls whom

    Make it clear if the recruiter would call the candidate or the candidate needs to

    call the recruiter. In 90% of the cases, recruiter calls the candidate. But however

    to be on the safe side, confirm who calls whom.

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    4) Confirm if its a direct call or telephonic conference.

  • Most of the times it would be a direct call to your mobile or landline from the

    interviewer but few companies follow tele-conferencing. In tele conferencing,

    you would be given a dial in number and access code. Dial-in 5 minutes prior to

    the start of the interview. Never dial in late and make the interviewer wait.

    5) Dress up as you would dress for a face-to-face interview

    You might attend the interview from home, while commuting or you current

    office. Its advisable you dress up and prepare just like how you would go for a

    face-to-face interview. This would help you feel professional and serious about

    the interview.

    6) Find out a silent place with no signal problems

    Nobody, especially the interviewer would like to have disturbances on the call.

    Find out a place where there would be least or less disturbance at the same time

    do not have mobile signal issues. If you are taking an interview from your

    current office, make sure you are in a place where none of your colleagues would

    come in between and disturb you.

    7) Make sure your mobile phone has sufficient battery charge

    There are chances that interview might go further beyond the expected time. So

    keep your mobile phone fully charged before the interview. Itd advisable you

    use hand free to talk as this would help you scan through your documents at any

    point of time if the interviewer asks so.

    8) Keep all your documents handy including resume

    Keep all your educational as well as employment documents handy including

    your resume. You could have a quick glance if you are stuck somewhere.

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    9) Be confident

    Be confident in your conversation. Confidence level is one of the key parameters

    evaluated in telephone interviews. Points like how well can you communicate,

    how effective you are in your conversation, how good are you in persuading

    others on phone and how capable are you getting things done through the phone

    would be evaluated.

  • 10) Do not interrupt the interviewer.

    Telephone interviews calls for the sixth sense to understand what the other

    person intends with every word. While the interviewer speaks, never interrupt

    him. In you accidently have interrupted, apologize and let him complete.

    11) Make sure you are a good listener and respond appropriately

    Make sure you are a good listener responding appropriately to the interviewer.

    Maintain a clear balance between your listening and talking.

    12) Inform the recruiter and interviewer if you are unable to make it.

    If you think you would not be able to make it to the telephone interview, inform

    the recruiter and interviewer beforehand with an apology. Last minute excuses

    and not turning up for the call diminishes your chances of being interviewed

    again unless and until you have a strong reason to prove it.

    13) Keep the recruiter informed once the interview is over.

    Send a Thank You Note to the recruiter and interviewer once the interview is

    over. Also, inform the recruiter that the interview is over.

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