Since your cell phone probably works from just about anywhere, it might be tempting to think about conducting your job interview from the road. Job seekers sometimes plan their interviews at restaurants, coffee shops, parks, or even while driving. Doing so allows you a little more freedom in your scheduling, particularly if you’re interviewing while still employed, but it poses more problems than you might think. Your home is almost always the best place to have your phone interview.
At the phone interview stage, employers are screening a range of candidates, trying to decide which people are worth the time and effort to invite in for the in-person interview. The phone interview is therefore an extremely important stage in the interview process, and you want to be able to show the employer that you’re taking it seriously. Among other things, that means ensuring that you have clear cell phone reception or a landline connection and no interruptions.
However, merely scheduling your phone interview at home doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. An employer wants to see that your attention is fully on the task at hand. They’re taking time out of their day to talk with you, and they expect you to do the same. Ensure that your children, pets, or housemates aren’t going to bother you. Make sure you’re in a quiet place within your home. And don’t let the home-based environment fool you into being too casual. Treat the interview with as much care as you would an in-person interview, and make sure you have all the information you need in front of you.
Sometimes it can be impossible to conduct your interview from home. Maybe there’s a construction project going on next door that makes your house unbearably loud during business hours. Or maybe your roommates are painfully inconsiderate or you just can’t arrange to be at home during a time that’s convenient for your interviewer. If so, your best bet for an interview on the road is probably inside of your car. Park it in a quiet place with good reception and, once again, be sure you give your interviewer your full attention during the call.