Phone Interview Tips

Congratulations on your upcoming phone interview! Here are some updated tips to help you succeed:

  1. Prepare for a phone interview just as you would for a regular in-person interview.
  2. Confirm all the details before the call, including the date, time, and who you will be talking to.
  3. Review the job description and research the company. Use this information to highlight your relevant qualifications and tailor your responses to the company’s needs.
  4. Compile a list of your strengths and weaknesses as well as a list of answers to typical interview questions
  5. Prepare answers to common interview questions and create a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
  6. Make sure your voicemail message is professional in case you miss the call.
  7. Choose a quiet, comfortable, and private space with no distractions so you can focus on the interview.
  8. Have your resume, a copy of the job posting, and a pen and paper handy for note-taking.
  9. Practice speaking clearly and confidently. Ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview and record it so you can improve your verbal communication.
  10. Answer the phone professionally and let others in your home know that you are expecting an important call.
  11. Listen carefully to the interviewer, take notes, and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
  12. Be honest but positive when answering difficult questions about your weaknesses or reasons for leaving your current job.
  13. Ask thoughtful questions about the company culture, job responsibilities, and opportunities for advancement.
  14. Avoid smoking, chewing gum, eating, or drinking during the interview.


SMILE. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice.

STAND UP: It can also be helpful to stand during the interview since this typically gives your voice more energy and enthusiasm.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are you looking for in your next job?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What does a normal day/week/month look like for you?
  • What is your availability for an in-person interview in the next few days?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Why are you looking to leave your current company or make a career change? This last one can be hard to answer. Be honest but stay positive. Companies are looking for problem solvers and people who overcome challenging situations.

Questions to Ask the Interviewer

  • How would you describe the responsibilities of this position?
  • What qualities are you looking for in the person you hire to join this company?
  • What do you view as the most challenging part of this job?
  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • What are the opportunities for advancement with the company?
  • Is there anything else can I tell you about my qualifications for the job?
  • What is the next step in the interview process?
  • When can I expect to hear from you?
  • Are there any other questions I can answer for you?

Follow-Up After the Interview

As the interview winds down, make sure to say thank you to the interviewer. Ask for the interviewer’s email address, if you don’t already have it. Send out an email thank-you note immediately, thanking the interviewer and reiterating your interest in the job. You can also use your thank-you note as a way to provide information on anything regarding your qualifications you didn’t get a chance to mention during the phone interview.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for your phone interview and increase your chances of success.

Good luck!