Top tips for preparing for a Telephone Interview

Top tips for preparing for a Telephone Interview

When applying for jobs you may be asked for a telephone interview before a face to face interview. Phone interviews are great way for the interviewers to get a better of idea of the candidate they’ve seen in the C.V and job application, plus it’s much more convenient for the interviewer and you.

It’s important to take the phone interview seriously, as providing you make a good impression you will hopefully then be asked to attend a face to face interview. Although a phone interview may sound daunting, it needn’t be like that so long as you are prepared.

Here at KennedyPearce Recruitment, we’ve provided our tops tips for telephone interviews:

  1. Be Prepared

Like you would for a face to face interview, it’s important to prepare yourself. But with the telephone interview, there’s an extra bonus – you get to have notes, CV and material in front of you to help with composing your answers!

Here’s a few things you may need:


We recommend you compile a list of your strengths – are you a good team worker, motivator or organiser? By making a list you have a point of reference for interview questions. It’s important to get across to the interviewer all you strengths, so by making a list you can refer to those strengths at points in the interview.

A list of a few of your weaknesses will also be a good idea, in case you get asked that dreaded interview question: ‘What are your weaknesses?’.


In addition it’s also good to have a copy of the C.V you sent or the Job application form you filled in. Your interviewer will likely ask you questions based on you application so its good to see what they are looking at.

Job Description

Have a copy of the job description too, that way you can be reminded of what skills and qualities they require and make sure you get the ones you have across in your interview. You can also see if there are any question you would like to ask about the job or the company.

Pen and paper

Have a pen and paper ready so that you can take down any relevant information or notes during the interview itself.

2. Get rid of distractions

Your interviewer will schedule your interview in advance, so make sure you prepare your environment.  If you’re at home, tell anyone you live with to be quiet. Turn off all TVs, radios and background noises. Some of you may find it easier to stay in a quiet room with the door shut; others may find it easier if you are walking around the house or in the garden. If the latter make sure you’re not pacing so much the interviewer can hear your footsteps or your breathing!

Telephone interview3. Practise Interviewing

Talking on the phone can be harder than it seems. It’s a good idea to practise your phone interview technique to make sure you sound confident and that the interview can hear you clearly. After all, during a phone interview you only have your voice and how you come across to make a good impression.

A good method is to use the record function on your actual phone. Have a list of questions or someone to ask you questions and speak your answers into the phone. Then you can play back the recording and assess how you sounded. You’ll be able to hear the ‘ums’ and ‘errs’ and ‘likes’ and ‘okays’ and work on reducing them. It will also prepare you for answering common interview questions, so you have an idea of some sentences you want to use in your answers.


If you’re asked for a phone interview soon, we hope that our tips on how to prepare will help. Do you have any other tips that you’d like to share? Why not let us know via the comments section below.

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