Congratulations! You have been selected out of hundreds of resumes for an interview- a phone interview! You are a perfect fit for the job on paper, but now you need to ace this interview. The phone interview is the first step to make a great impression on your future boss. You need to be prepared, confident and be ready to shine! Below are some tried and true strategies to wow your interviewer! Read on if you have a phone interview coming up, and consider the following tips when preparing:

Think about the real purpose of the interview:
You were chosen for this interview because of the skills and accomplishments highlighted on your resume, so consider the goal of this upcoming call. The employer’s objective is to learn about you as a person, and more specifically, if you are a good fit for their company.

Prepare ahead of time:
If you think a phone interview isn’t a ‘real’ interview, you are going in with the wrong mindset. Prepare for this just as you would for a regular in-person interview. This means practicing your responses to common interview questions, reviewing your resume to ensure you can handle an in-depth conversation about your background and skills, compiling questions for the interviewer, and researching the prospective employer.

Do your research:
Before you make that phone call, go to their website and learn as much as you can about the company. Understand as much about the culture and the business as you can. If you have any questions, write them down and ask them during the interview.

Take Out Your Resume:
Your interviewer may reference your resume directly, so it is important to know what verbiage was specifically used on your accomplishments. Having it near you will boost your confidence levels as you can remind yourself why you truly are the right fit for this job!

Quiet the Room:
About 15 minutes prior to your scheduled phone interview, remove yourself from any distractions – social media notifications, traffic noises, children, pets, and turn off the TV. Ensure that you are in a good space that will foster concentration and eliminate interruptions.

Think Before You Answer a Question:
When asked a question, it is okay to take a moment or two to think about the question and to formulate a complete response before answering. This will minimize unconscious rambling and ensure that you have direct and concise answers. It is equally important to speak slowly and to enunciate clearly when responding. (It’s also okay if the interviewer takes a moment after you answer, they may be taking notes or preparing their next question.)

The goal of a phone interview is to get to the next step – a face-to-face meeting. Be sure to follow up with a thoughtful thank you email that expresses both your gratitude for the interviewer’s time as well as your interest in the role.

Good luck and Happy Interviewing!