5 ways to impress during your telephone interview

With the summer in full flow, there are thousands of graduates and school leavers looking for a new career and many are turning to an apprenticeship. Make sure you’re fully prepared for a telephone interview during your apprenticeship hunt with these five great tips.

1. Make sure you prepare

Although your interview isn’t face to face, speaking to a potential employer over the phone can be just as daunting.

As the interviewer can’t see you, prepare a number of visual aids to help you answer some of the more difficult questions that will be thrown at you. Use your CV and the apprenticeship description as your guide to acing your phone interview.

2. Create the right atmosphere

This is a no-brainer but make sure that you are in a quiet environment where you won’t be interrupted. Make sure that your family or flatmates won’t interrupt you during your big moment, so put some form of do-not-disturb sign outside your door.

3. Dress for the occasion?

You may think I’m mad for writing this, but dress smartly for your phone interview, even though your interviewer won’t have the slightest idea about what you’re wearing.

Many training professionals believe that you should dress for a phone interview the same way you should dress for a face-to-face meeting. By wearing a suit or something of similar smartness, you will develop a professional mind-set, making it easier for you to answer difficult questions.

4. Understand what sort of telephone interview you are having

When taking part in a telephone interview, there are two major types of phone interviews:

a)     Informal chat:

Potential employers and recruiters will want to have a brief chat with you to determine whether they want you to come in for a face-to-face interview. These interviews are usually very light and informal, whereby you outline what you’re looking for in an apprenticeship.

b)     Pre-screening interview:

These types of interviews will be scripted and will test your knowledge of your own skills, as well as the history of the firm in question.

5. Be polite

It goes without saying that you should be polite during your telephone interview, but you should also be polite afterwards as well. Send your potential employer a polite thank you note or email. This will add a more personal touch to your application, something that will also make you stand out from the crowd.