Written by Ken Bugaski
- If the interviewers are in a different time zone, make sure they know what time zone you are in. Be clear about what time they are going to call and what time that means for you. I had a school from California say they wanted to interview me at 4:30 pm, but they called at 3:30, thinking that I was in the eastern time zone.
- I wrote the names of the individuals conducting the interview on separate sheets of paper with little notes about them on it. So I had the name, the person’s area of specialty, and if he/she held a particular position at the school. I also checked each person’s web page, and if there was a picture, I printed it out. At the time of the interview, I spread out these pages so I could remember everyone’s name and have a face to look at.
- It is important not to speak while someone else is speaking. A lot of speaker phone/conference call technology will get “confused” if more than one person speaks at a time, and it will stop transmitting any voice at all. If two people speak at the same time, the phone will seem to go dead for a second and then come back on. This can happen saying something as short as, “Okay” “I see” or even “Mm-hmm.”
- Try using questions at the end of answers, like “Does that address your concern?” or “Have I answered your question?” Using those kind of tags is a good thing, I think. It helps.
- After the phone interview, have a beer. That won’t do anything as far as the interview itself goes, but I found it useful all the same.