1. Attend to your surroundings.
If you have an interview scheduled, take precautions beforehand to get in a good spot physically.
Donít take the interview when you are at your desk and canít talk freely. Donít take the call when there is too much noise in the background. And donít be walking from one place to another because the breathlessness that comes from walking and talking at the same time subconsciously conveys lack of authority to someone who doesnít know you.
2. Stand up.
No kidding. Youíll sound more self confident and dynamic if you stand while you speak than if you sit. Walking around a bit, but not too much, also keeps the call going smoothly. If your body is confined, your speech sounds different than if you have run of the room. Itís one reason that the best speakers walk around instead of standing in one place at the podium.
3. Prepare for the most obvious questions.
A resume is to get someone to pay attention to you. An in-person interview is to see if people like you. Somewhere in between those two events, people need to make sure you are qualified and you donít have any huge red flags (ie major disqualifications). So in a phone interview you can expect people to focus on those two areas.
4. Give concise and well-structured answers/responses to interviewers.
This is true for in-person interviews, but even more important for phone interviews. If the interviewer is interested in more detail, he/she will ask. Phone Interviews are mostly shorter than face to face interviews and may be used to eliminate unqualified candidates
5. Smile when you pick the phone.
It is amazing how much smiling can influence the tone that is projected over the phone lines. When you smile, the person at the other end can hear it. This is a subtle, but critical, component of a phone interaction where the only cues available to the interviewer are auditory.
6. Be Ready
If you applied for any job always expect a phone call from the recruiting firm. That means at all times especiallt during the day your phone should be on and reachable. Many job seekers have lost chances of getting jobs because when the hiring company called they either had their phone switched off or werenít around to answer the phone
When weíre nervous, we have a tendency to talk fast. Make an effort to slow your speech and speak normally. Your interviewer will appreciate your articulation and your brain will have more time to think about the right things to say.