Landing Your Dream Career: The Phone Interview

Now that you have applied and the company is interested in moving forward, a conversation needs to happen in order to ensure you are a good fit with their team. Three types of interviews could take place: phone, video, and face-to-face. Each of these types of interviews has pros and cons, but we’ve been doing this for a long time and know how to approach them differently. Over the next few weeks, we will cover tips on how to crush all three types of interviews.

A phone interview can be less stressful because you’re not actually in front of a person, but at the same time can be the most challenging because your voice is all they get and personality and passion might be hard to get across.

Here are our tips to make sure your phone interview is a success:

Do Your Research

You have the job description and a resume that they loved, but make sure you know what they represent, what they want you do to do in your position and how you are equipped to do so. How do you find this out? Check out their website, what the news has covered on their company, check out the staff pages on their website and get a feel for who they are, and lastly take the hiring manager’s name and do personal research on them. LinkedIn and social media sites are a great place to start. Once you have all this gathered, study it and even have it in front of you to reference during your phone interview.

Dress Professionally

Yes, we are well aware that your interviewee is not going to actually see you in this phone interview, but if you are dressed professionally, got ready, ate a good breakfast, and are ready for a full day, you will come across like you are ready to work in your tone. If you are in your pajamas and haven’t really gotten out of bed, you’d be surprised how your tone can imply that.


Again, they aren’t going to actually see a smile, but when you smile while you’re talking, your tone appears happy. This little trick can get your personality across a lot clearer. Pauses are also good. A pause after a question to think of your answer is much better than belting out a long “um.”

Where have you seen success in your phone interviews? What are some questions that have stumped you?

Make sure to check out our first post about landing your dream career!