Q: Do you have any tips for coming across well in telephone interviews?
A: Consider standing during at least the first part of the conversation; it helps project your voice. Even though the interviewer can’t see you, smile every once in a while; it helps warm up your tone. Be sure not to interrupt or talk over the interviewer; it’s hard not to when it’s a phone call, but stop immediately and give the forum to the interviewer should you both start speaking at once. Keep all ambient noise to a minimum; even rustling papers can be heard and may seem to the interviewer as though you are distracted or nervous.
As in any interview, be ready to listen well, focus in, and be responsive. Keep most of your answers on the shorter side–not curt or choppy, but without being able to read the cues as you do when speaking face-to-face, you want to be sure not to lose the interviewer. Finally, be sure to articulate your interest. That’s always important, and even more so when you don’t have the benefit of facial expressions, body language, or gestures to convey your enthusiasm for the job.