10 Tips for
Successful Phone Interviews for Pharmacists
Most pharmacy employers will insist on a phone
interview before they ever agree to meet you. It is always good to be
prepared for a full interview, even when you are simply calling to confirm a
If you're looking for a job as a meeting
professional at a mid- or large-sized company, you may need to succeed with
the phone screener before you even get to an in-person interview. Here are
10 tips to make sure you ace the phone interview:
- Have a
copy of your resume in front of you. Phone interviewers often ask
questions in reference to work history.
- Make sure
you are in a quiet place, where you can speak freely. If the interviewer
calls at a bad time, reschedule for 5-10 minutes later when you can better
handle the call.
- Focus on
the upcoming conversation for 10-15 minutes prior to the call. Review your
notes regarding the company and position.
ahead of time exactly whom you will be speaking with on the phone. Often
larger companies use a team approach to recruiting.
slowly and clearly, and think about your answers before responding. Keep
your voice lively.
the best physical position to be in during the phone conversation. Many
people think that, if you stand during a phone screening, you are better
able to convey alertness and enthusiasm.
clear, concise answers. If you don't know the answer to a question, say
so. ?Faking it? is almost always a bad choice.
questions prepared. Asking specific questions about the position conveys
your enthusiasm further.
- At the
conclusion of the interview, ask what the next step will be.
- Write an
e-mail and US Mail follow-up the evening after the phone screen.