Dial-up Your Phone Interview Savvy

by F+A Staff

March 26, 2015

The following five tips for a fruitful phone interview will quell anxiety and set you up for success:

  • Location is key. Conduct the interview from a location other than the office, where it’s easy to get distracted by emails, phone calls and visitors.
  • Have a one-sheet of key messages available to reference during the interview – just be sure not to read them verbatim to the reporter, which can sound overly rehearsed and insincere.
  • Be comfortable. Many people find it more comfortable to stand during a phone interview, which also projects more authority in their voice.
  • Act as if the reporter is in the same room. Smile when appropriate. The warmth from a smile is heard by the reporter and, therefore, the audience. Gesturing also add emphasis, which can help draw attention to key points.
  • Listen for non-verbal clues. With phone interviews, it’s often possible to hear the sound of the reporter typing. An increase in typing indicates that the reporter is intrigued. Take that as a chance to slow down and re-emphasize your key messages.

While phone interviews may seem less intimidating because there is no visual component, they can actually be more challenging because it is more difficult to convey personality and create visuals in the reader’s mind. With these tips in mind, you can pave a pathway to achieving your ultimate goal – an authentic portrayal of your key messages that reach your target audience.

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Dial-up Your Phone Interview Savvy