• Before the call, confirm all the details, including the date, time, and who you will be talking to

  • Have a copy of your CV, the job spec, a pen, paper and a glass of water to hand

  • Make sure you are in a quiet setting with good signal

  • While the interviewer can’t see you, it’s still a good idea to dress smart and to smile. This will help you feel more professional, and you’ll carry out the phone interview more confidently. Plus, if your phone signal cuts out and you have to resort to video interview, at least you’ll look and feel the part!

  • Don’t waffle – this can be easy to do when speaking on the phone but keep your responses concise

  • Have a good phone manner: stay polite, professional and friendly, just as you would for a face-to-face interview

  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer at the end