4 tips on how to boss a phone interview!

Meet Elanor Hockin, our Talent Acquisition Manager based in Swindon. With over 10 years of recruitment experience under her belt, she lets us in on her 4 top tips on how to boss a phone interview!

Tip 1: Firstly, make sure your CV is up to scratch.

Don't make your CV too long; it should be 2 pages max and easy to read. For example, at the top I include my name, email address, phone number and a little paragraph about me; how I've worked in recruitment for 9 years, the different sectors of recruitment I've worked in and some buzzwords that describe me.

Then dive straight into your career history, starting with your most recent role. Include the name of the company you worked for, your job title and dates of the length of time you worked there. Underneath, write a brief description of your responsibilities and a couple of things you achieved within role. So for me, I'd write:


If you have any interests, hobbies or qualifications, you should put these at the end of your CV (unless the role requires a certain qualification, such as a Finance role requires an AAT qualification, then put this at the top). You don't need to include your references; as a company, we will request it anyway if we offer you the job.

If you're applying for a number of roles, make sure you read the description of each of these jobs and tailor your CV to them!

Tip 2: Know your CV!

 Your phone interview is a chance for you to talk about yourself more in depth and to sell yourself! You should be able to talk openly about your past roles, what you have done, the achievements you have accomplished and how your experiences make you the best candidate. It's not just about getting a job, the recruitment team wants to see your enthusiasm and passion and ultimately, your phone interview is a key step to progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Tip 3: Research the company!

 Researching your potential employer will give you a head start to making sure you stand out. It will help you to prepare for the interview and allows you to answer questions they may ask, tailored to the company's values.  Take a look at their website, blogs or social media to get a better feel of what their values are and what they're doing.

Tip 4: Ask questions!

Your interview is a two way process; the company wants to know if you're the right candidate but you also need to know if this is the right job for you.  Asking questions at the end not only lets you get a better feel for both the job and the company, but it also shows you're interested and prepared. Good questions to ask are 'What are the day to day responsibilities of the role?', ' What's the culture like?', 'Where is the company headed in the next 5 years', 'What are the key qualities in a candidate you're looking for?'.

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