The telephone interview is another tool that many employers may utilize in their candidate selection process. In most cases a telephone interview will be part of the screening process that will occur early in the employers search. Telephone interviews may be used if an employer has a large pool of applicants and needs to narrow down the field or used to screen applicants that may be out of the employers' geographic area. If the position requires a significant amount of telephone work, the employer may use this opportunity to analyze your professionalism over the phone.
You as an applicant may see advantages to the telephone interview; convenience, you don't have to get into your interview attire, no travel, and the interview is probably going to be conducted in an environment in which you are comfortable. The disadvantage is that you will not have the personal face to face contact with the interviewer, which puts more responsibility on you to communicate verbally in a positive and strong tone. Your voice inflections will be what the employer will be using to judge your interest and motivation for the position. Keeping these things in mind, here are a few suggestions to assist you in preparing for a telephone interview:
Remember, you will probably not get a job offer as a result of a telephone interview but you may be eliminated as a candidate. Treat the phone interview as seriously as you would if you were sitting directly across from the employer in their office. Follow up with a thank you note to the interviewer(s).