How to Make a Punching Introduction in a Telephonic Interview

You only have one chance to make a first impression, and that includes the telephone interview. When an employer asks you to do a telephonic interview, assume the stakes are high. When they don't want to take the time to bring you in for an in-person interview just yet, one possible reason is that they have a number of qualified candidates and they're looking for a way to weed out candidates without investing a lot of time. Prepare as you would for a face-to-face meeting.

Do Your Homework

Research the job ahead of the interview. Review the job posting and any websites or blogs about the company to find out as much as you can about the company and the position. Write down a list of the qualities about the job that you like, which you'll be able to share during the interview. As explained by jobs website LinkedIn, enthusiasm is every bit as important as your professional credentials. By preparing some ideas about why you really want the job, you can deliver that passion and enthusiasm during the introduction and throughout the entire interview.

Choose the Right Environment

Move into a quiet room where you won't be distracted during the interview. If you're using a mobile phone, make sure you get good reception in that area. Since you won't have your body language and other in-person cues to demonstrate your competence, you need to make sure the background noise and phone signal won't be a distraction. Dress appropriately, in professional attire, just as you would during a face-to-face interview. Even though the interviewer can't see you, dressing the right way will help put you in the right frame of mind.

Introduction for Telephonic Interview

Employment website Indeed advises that you ask for the appropriate person by her name and formal title, if you're the one initiating the call. During job interviews, it's important to maintain formality unless the interviewer tells you that you can do otherwise. When you get the person on the phone - or when the person calls you - state your name in a friendly manner and thank her for the opportunity to speak with her. Speak firmly without yelling, and smile. Though the interviewer can't see your smile, the way you speak while smiling will carry through.

Phone Etiquette

Allow the interviewer to guide the conversation. If he engages in a bit of small talk during the introductory phase of the conversation, do the same. This is your chance to punch up the introduction by establishing a good rapport with the interviewer. At the same time, don't feel the need to fill periods of silence with chatter. You'll do better to remain composed and crisply answer any questions the interviewer poses.

While it may not seem like much, you've already made a significant impression by calling or answering the call when you said you would, being in a quiet environment, and being cordial and grateful when you initiated the call. By saying "I'm very glad to be here today," or "Thank you for this opportunity," you're letting your enthusiasm pack the punch you need to get to the next round of interviews.

In some cases, your telephonic interview might be conducted using an automated system. While you won't be talking to a person one-on-one, follow the same guidelines to keep passion and enthusiasm in your voice throughout the introduction and question-and-answer process.