Understanding the anatomy of the 30-minute phone interview is one of the most important parts of your job search. You need to make it past this phone interview if you are to be advanced to the face to face interview round.
The Role Of The Interviewer
If the interviewer is not properly skilled to conduct the phone interview it can adversely affect the outcome. As a job candidate understand that your number one goal of a phone interview is to sell the interviewer on advancing you to the next phase of the hiring process. What follows is what should be discussed during the anatomy of the 30-minute phone interview.
The Anatomy Of The 30 Minute Phone Interview
Introduction (5 min): When the Interviewer calls there should be a formal introduction. During this interview introduction, you should be provided with the structure of the 30-minute interview and what to expect. This introduction allows the Interviewer to tell you about their company (if it is a Search Firm) and the role they will have in the interview process. This time can also include sharing their experience and qualifications. The Interviewer should let you know that they have a copy of your resume and have reviewed it. You should have been provided hiring company information to allow you to prepare for this phone interview session.
Job description (5 min) this time is intended to allow the Interviewer to share all of the information about the hiring company. This would include the job description, benefits, compensation, training, and expectations.
What Role Do You Play During The Anatomy Of The 30 Minute Phone Interview?
Candidate input (15 min) this is your time to share your relevant experience as it pertains to job qualifications. For the next 15 minutes, you have the opportunity to share why you should be hired. This time can seem like an eternity so be prepared. It is acceptable for the Interviewer to interrupt with questions as you review your qualifications. Be prepared to support your comments with facts and documentation (verbal at this point). Be sure to have the job description in front of you to assure that you have addressed everything that is listed in the description. This gives you the confidence to know that you haven’t omitted anything during your discussion. We recommend that you come prepared with index cards. These index cards are filled with notes and other information that may slip your mind during the interview.
Be Prepared To Ask Questions
Questions (5 min) These 5 minutes are to be used to ask relevant questions. This would include questions such as “So…what are the next steps”? You know what the next steps are. What you don’t know is if you will make it to the phase in the process. Instead, ask about their training program. Or better yet ask the interviewer what s/he likes about the company? Are “what are the companies plan to remain competitive in the market place”?
ABC Always Be Closing
Close You must “ask for the business”. Make no mistake about it. You are selling your qualifications to the prospective employer. Your close should go something like this: Mrs.Jones I want to thank you for the opportunity to present my qualifications for this position with ACE Industries. I know that my experience and successful past performance will allow me to immediately contribute to ACE sales performance. Can I count on your support to advance me to the next phase of the interview process?
Understanding the anatomy of the 30-minute phone interview will help you as a candidate. You are now prepared to move one step closer to your new career.