Tips for Conducting a Phone Interview

Posted by Hiregy Staff on Feb 13, 2013 2:21:00 PM

It can be difficult for busy employers to find time for in-person interviews. To keep the hiring process moving forward, consider starting with a phone interview instead. This can be a time-saving strategy for determining which potential hires should receive an invitation to meet in person. If you’re working with an employment agency in Tampa, your contacts there can help you decide which questions to ask by phone. You can also use these tips to get the most out of your telephone time.

employment-agency-tampa-phone-interviewGather Input: If other employees are involved in the hiring decision, ask these team members if there are things they’d like to know before you invite the candidate in. This will ensure that you use your call to pre-screen for everyone’s priorities.

Make It Short and Sweet: Keep the interview short—ideally 15 minutes and no more than 30 minutes. Save time by carefully ordering your questions from easy to more complex. This will make your interviewee more comfortable, and if you get don’t get the answers you’re looking for early on, you can politely end the interview.

Zip It: Two of the most important things you can do during a phone interview are listen and assess. That means that at the beginning of the interview, introduce yourself, give a short synopsis of the job and ask questions. Other than that, listen closely to the answers to determine if the candidate fits your needs.

Get a Walk Through: If the candidate answers initial questions to your satisfaction, ask him or her to walk you through their experience, emphasizing those skills and accomplishments that would benefit your business. This will give you a good idea what they can bring to your company and how effectively they communicate. If your employment agency in Tampa has told you about skills or experience that the job seeker doesn’t mention, ask about them after the interviewee finishes talking.

Be Considerate: Candidates will want to know what happens next. Let them know how your hiring process is likely to progress, and offer realistic timelines. This will relieve some of their anxiety and also leave an impression that your company respects its employees.


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