In the busy and often international nature of management consultancy it is quite common for the first contact with the company to which you have applied to be a telephone conversation or interview. A telephone conversation with someone you have not met before comes with its own challenges, least of which is the inability to read the body language of the person to whom you are talking. The following tips will help you make the telephone interview go as smoothly as possible. They are all common sense but you would be surprised how often they are overlooked!
- Prepare in the same way as you would a face to face interview (see the Face to Face Interview Prep Sheet) even if the call has not been portrayed as an interview.
- Find somewhere to take the call that is quiet and where you won’t be disturbed. Train stations and airports are not good places!
- Use a landline to avoid a poor signal disrupting the call.
- Make sure you have the telephone number of the person you will be speaking to in case you need to reschedule the call at the last minute.
- Allow 10 minutes immediately before the call to get focused. It won’t help if you jump straight from a business meeting into the interview! Similarly allow some time after the call in case it overruns slightly and to make notes of might be helpful for a face to face interview.
Good luck and please let us know how the call went.