A phone interview is not the easiest type of interview as you do not get to see the person on the other end of the phone. For those being interviewed they may feel at a loss because they cannot see the reaction of the interviewer when they answer a question. The key is mostly the tone in your voice. Answer the questions with conviction and even though the interviewer cannot see you, always speak with a smile on your face. Sounds silly I know but it works.
If you have call waiting and you are in a middle of a phone interview please, please, please do not say “Can you hold on a moment … I have another call coming in.” Whether it is fair or not it shows a level of disinterest in the position and disrespect to the interviewer. If it is a family emergency then of course that is different.
Always use a landline. Nothing is worse than trying to shout with someone over their cell phone in traffic or on a windy day then being cut off because they are out of range. It is better to schedule a time when you know you can use a landline or are in a quite area.
Believe it or not your answering machine makes a big impression. I have heard music with words in it I don’t even say at home! It is amusing but if you are on a job search I would change it in case you get a call for an interview.
Have a great weekend!!!