During the recruitment process, the first impression is important. Thanks to the digitalization of the process, the first contact is often made by phone. This first contact can be complicated because both parties are discussing virtually.
The candidate’s voice can reflect several emotions (fear, self-confidence, hesitation…) and the recruiter is already starting to evaluate the level of the interviewer. So, what are the tips you should follow to succeed in a phone interview and give favor to a second appointment?
Before any contact with a recruiter, it is essential to collect as much information as possible about the entity: its activity, its geographical location…
In addition to reviewing the company, it is also possible to gather information about the recruiter. In most cases, it is possible to find their profile on LinkedIn. You will be able to find out about their background, their work history in the company and what assignments they carry out.
To make a successful first impression, it is necessary to prove to the recruiter that you are familiar with the company’s world. An analysis of the company will allow you to answer the recruiter’s questions calmly and will boost your self-confidence during the phone call.
Secondly, a telephone interview requires the right equipment. Make sure you have a stable network and that your phone is working properly (battery, microphone, volume, etc.) to avoid any unpleasant surprises during the call.
Having the right equipment also allows you to stay focused during the interview without any disturbance.
Another very important aspect : Punctuality. In most cases, the recruiter makes several phone calls in the same day and organizes himself according to a schedule. A delay of a few minutes means lost time that could have been used to express your motivations during the call. In addition, it projects a bad image on the candidate.