5 tips for success in a telephone interview

05 July 2018

LinkedIn ShareShare


In many ways, telephone interviews can seem a lot more daunting than face to face interviews. You can’t see expressions, therefore, you may not be able to determine how the interview is going. It can be easy to consider telephone interviews as a quick chat, but you should treat them in the same way as a face to face interview. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to dress for the occasion but you still need to act professionally. The telephone interview is quite often a stepping stone to a face to face interview, so it is important to create the right impression. These are some tips for success in a telephone interview.


Preparation is key

With any interview, the interviewer wants to be sure that you know about the business, the role and what is expected from you. If you don’t know anything about the company, you are putting yourself on the back foot from the very beginning. It is important to be prepared. Take time to research the company and any recent news related to them. Read the job description and be sure you know what the expectations are and how you can contribute to the business. The more prepared you are, the greater your chances of impressing the interviewer. The bonus is that you can have this information in front of you while the interview is taking place, so there really is no excuse for a lack of preparation.


Take notes

As the telephone interview is usually the initial part of the process, there is scope here to get some useful information for the face to face interview. You have the advantage of being able to take notes, so make sure you listen and write down as much information as the interviewer gives you.


Schedule time

The interviewer will allocate a suitable time with you to conduct the interview and it is important that you are ready and waiting to take the call and in a suitable, quiet location. If you are not ready or prepared to answer the call, this will be a red flag to the interviewer, who will have taken time out their schedule to speak to you. You may not get a second chance if you are not ready for the interview.



Be upbeat

The interviewer only has your voice and general attitude to go on during a telephone interview, so it is important to be enthusiastic and clear with your answers. A lack of enthusiasm is highly off-putting and you may not get any further in the process if you sound disinterested. In addition to this, you should also be as clear as possible during the call and take time with your answers.


Social media

If you have any good testimonials on your LinkedIn profile or a relevant portfolio, this is a good opportunity to direct the interviewer to it. A strong presence on social media is important these days and you may give yourself some extra credits by showing the interviewer your positive contributions.


Looking to discuss new career opportunities? Arrange a 15 minute career call with us today






Helping Manufacturing Professionals across the UK to find their next career move




Currently there are no comments. Be the first to post one!

Post Comment


Featured Jobs

Managing Director / General Manager - Precision Engineering

Managing Director / General Manager - Precision Engineering  Bonfire Recruitment have a significant opportunity for a experienced Managing Director / General Manager for a truly unique opportunity at its retained metal finishing client based in Aberdeen.   Reporting to the...

Full Details

Managing Director - Engineering

Managing Director - Engineering  Based in South Yorkshire Bonfire Recruitment is retained in the recruitment of a Top Tier Manufacturing General Manager / Managing Director for its exceptional heavy engineering focussed client, a high value...

Full Details

Sales Manager - Flexible Packaging

Sales Manager - Flexible Packaging  Bonfire Recruitment are working with a market leading supplier and manufacturer of flexible packaging products to recruit an experienced Sales / Business Development Manager based in from home in the UK....

Full Details

Site Technical Manager

Site Technical Manager  Bonfire Recruitment are working exclusivley and retained with a leading food manufacturing company based in the North West, to recruit a Site Technical Manager. Reporting to the Managing Director, the...

Full Details

Head of Innovation

Head of Innovation  We are working with a well established food production business to recruit a key position, Head of Innovation based in Lancashire. This is a Leadership Team role, a great opportunity...

Full Details

Field Based EPC Project Manager - Minerals , Process , Chemicals

Field Based EPC Project Manager - Minerals , Process , Chemicals  Bonfire recruitment is retained with a UK multi-disciplined capital equipment manufacturer in the recruitment of a permanent field based Project Engineering Manager to focus the build of multiple high value...

Full Details