This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet. It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.
I hate talk over the phone. It is a most annoying way of communication for me. This is a reason, why it is always a big challenge for me to have a phone interview. Phone interview usually takes 20-75 minutes, so plan each for 90 minutes.
- The company has a very limited amount of time to read your CV, so don’t feel offended, if they ask a question about things that you wrote in your CV. Actually, it is a good thing as you can add useful information about your experience that is relevant to a position that You are applying for, but you omitted in your CV.
- If an interview is not in your native language then I suggest … a bit of practice with answering typical questions and practice name of common technologies.
- Practice pronunciation (I still remember my embarrassment during the interview with the developer, who didn’t disconnect after my few attempts to pronounce “Atlassian” :).
FIND a very QUIET place to talk. I actually have done one interview in noisy Costa coffee and my interview ended in 2 minutes! I guess you must be shocked to read that I haven’t been invited to next stage.
- FIND s place, where is a good range coverage.
- Don’t do a few phone interview one after another. Ensure you have at least 45 minutes break between interviews. It is very stressful when during the phone interview to get a call from another company. It will increase the chance to messed up both phone interviews.
- Find a QUIET place to talk.
- It must in place when you have GOOD phone range!
- Practice PRONUNCIATION… before the interview (to avoid embarrassment).
- THINK, before you answer! After a question, think about the question and then answer.
- When you talk about skills REMEMBER to match with experience and vice versa.
- Do not laugh, if somebody has a funny accent or behave weirdly.
- It is a great opportunity for a phone interview to link skills in bullet points in your CV with experience.
- Have a bottle of still spring water with you.
- Don’t do phones interview marathon