Telecommuters are people who work away from the workplace. Most of the time, that place is their home. In order to do this one must have a variety of "telecommunication technologies" such as a telephone, Internet, various computer programs and a fax machine at one's disposal.
Telecommuters need to have excellent skills when it comes to the laborious task of telephone interviews. First of all, you should always be prepared in case you are contacted for an interview. Many employers do not give telecommuters the heads up in advance about when they will be calling to speak with them.
You should make sure to prepare for a telephone interview as if it were an "in person" interview. Prepare by thinking of the possible questions you'll be asked, and think of the answers. Be ready and willing to answer questions about your educational background, work experience and skills. Also be prepared to tell the prospective recruiter or employer what you could do for him or her.
Next, prepare a list of questions that you'd like to ask the interviewer. You should ask a few questions to show that you are paying attention and that you are interested in the job. Keep in mind that in a telephone interview, everything would depend on the speech exchanged only. There would be no body language, so be careful with the pitch and tone of your words. You should maintain a professional and respectful tone of voice all the time.
Speak with confidence. Don't indulge in too many "ums", "okays", "I don't knows" or "uhs" as these words don't carry with them an air of knowledge or confidence. Keep your resume near you during a phone interview so you can easily browse it when you need to. The interviewer will be looking at your resume during the interview anyway, so why put yourself at a disadvantage?
And during the interview, you should be alone in the room to prevent distractions, have some paper and a pen with you, and turn off the call-waiting feature on your phone.
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